Climate Action HB

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and 3R are leading an exciting new initiative called Climate Action HB.  We are bringing businesses and communities together so we can be more connected and focused on meeting the challenges and opportunities of climate change in Hawke’s Bay.

Business CoLab

Are you unsure of what you can do about climate change?

Climate change. Climate crisis.  Global warming.  Whatever you call it, it can feel overwhelming.  And, it’s hard to know where to start.

The Business CoLab is the first of a series of events aimed at exploring what each of us can do to transition Hawke’s Bay to a low-emissions economy.

The Regional Council and 3R hope to personalise the journey for Hawke’s Bay business owners so that they commit to actions that will collectively reduce the impact of human accelerated climate change in Hawke’s Bay.

We’d like you to ask one of your key suppliers to attend this event with you. Why? To adapt to and mitigate climate impacts, your business is going to need to work closely with your suppliers, so it’s important they start this journey with you.

Our goal is that the event will have action and measurable outcomes that we can work towards together.  In the 12 months following on from the event we aim to hold a series of workshops covering key topics, such as air, soil, water and people.


  • James Palmer, Chief Executive Officer, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
  • Dr Daniel Hikuroa, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
  • Adele Rose, Chief Executive, 3R Group
  • Santiago De Marco, General Manager & Mark Boyle, Chairman, Hohepa Community
  • Sarah Fraser, student, Sacred Heart College

Following the presentations will be a panel discussion with all our speakers.

Event details

  • Where: Napier War Memorial & Conference Centre
  • Date: Monday, 25 November 2019
  • Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

We hope you will join us for networking drinks and nibbles from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

If you have received an invitation, please register below.

No invitation? No problem. There are limited spaces for open registrations from interested parties. If you have a large group wanting to attend please email us.

James Palmer

Born and raised in Hawke’s Bay, James has been Chief Executive at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council since June 2017, having previously served as the Council’s Group Manager Strategic Development. Prior to working at the Council, James was Deputy Secretary Sector Strategy at the Ministry for the Environment and Director Strategy at both the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry before that. Between 2005 and 2008 James served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, and was an advisor in the Labour-led government between 1999 and 2003.

Dr Dan Hikuroa

Dr Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa is an Earth Systems Scientist, at the University of Auckland, who integrates mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and science to realise the dreams and aspirations of the communities he works with. He is an established world expert on integrating indigenous knowledge and science and has undertaken many projects including co-writing the 2014 State of the Hauraki Gulf Environment Report, geothermal developments, co-writing iwi environmental management plans, hazard and vulnerability assessments and industrial waste rehabilitation.

Sarah Fraser

Sarah is in her final weeks of year 13 at Sacred Heart College in Napier and brings the voice of the next generation to the table. She has served as Stuart Nash’s Youth MP from March to August 2019 and was also a local organiser for School Strike For Climate NZ, as she is passionate about climate change and the impact it has on our environment. She is taking a gap year in England in 2020 and plans to study in the UK following that.

Adele Rose

Adele is the Chief Executive of 3R Group and has been with the company for more than 10 years. In that time she has helped a wide variety of companies and industries to improve their environmental sustainability through product stewardship, waste reduction and resource recovery. Adele is a Board Member for Business Central NZ, and one of their nominated representatives as a Board member for Business NZ, a member of both the Ministry for the Environment’s National Resource Recovery Task Force and Chair of their Product Stewardship Advisory Group. She is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops around the country on topics such as the Future of Work, Championing Change, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Product Stewardship, and climate issues. Adele was recently invited to attended Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Leadership Corps” training in Brisbane.

Santiago De Marco, Chief Executive & Mark Boyle, Chairman

The Hawke’s Bay community was the beginning of the Hohepa Homes Trust in New Zealand in 1957 and is a thriving community. Inspired by the principles and practices of Dr Rudolf Steiner, Hohepa’s vision is ‘every live fully lived’. Through living and working in community life, people with a disability are supported to experience satisfying lives with as much independence as possible. A sustainable business model, a rich cultural life and biodynamic land-use combine to make Hohepa unique in the way it encourages the development of body, soul and spirit for all. Hohepa is one of the region’s most important caregivers and largest employers, with over 500 staff across multiple sites with strong connections to the fabric of Hawke’s Bay, and beyond. Hohepa Hawke’s Bay have recently announced plans to move from their site between the mouths of the Tutaekuri River, the Ngaruroro River and the Clive River due to sea level rise and other environmental hazards associated with the site. The move impacts 60 residents of Hohepa. Santiago has been with Hohepa since 1999, and Chief Executive since 2017. Mark is the brother of Michael who has been supported by Hohepa since 1971. Mark has been chair of the board since 2018.


So, why are we doing this?

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

The Regional Council announced a climate emergency for the Hawke’s Bay region on 26 June 2019, recognising that we have a small window of time to act to avoid the most damaging effects of the climate crisis in the longer term.

In declaring a climate emergency, the Regional Council is making climate change a focus in all its decision-making and relevant work programmes.

Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua
Care for the land, care for our people, go forward.

Together we can be the kaitaki, the guardians, for our taonga, our treasured environment. Together we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the opportunities and challenges presented by the climate crisis.

We know the climate is changing, and there will be more change in the future which will have broad environmental, social, economic, and cultural impacts. By acting now, we can reduce the most damaging effects of climate change for ourselves and future generations.

3R Group

3R Group has been working in the environmental sustainability space since the early days in 2004 when two men with small laptops and big ideas established the business. 3R has always remained true to the founders’ initial intentions – to imagine a world without waste.

While our core business is to design and deliver product stewardship schemes – that is, encouraging producers to take responsibility for their products at end of life – we also work with individual businesses to help them on their sustainability journey. Whether that is through waste audits and assessments, resource recovery and waste minimisation, compliance and behaviour change or product stewardship.

3R is an Impact Enterprise, meaning we measure our impact not by profit, but by our combined social, environmental and financial impact. We believe passionately in showing leadership to other businesses, large and small.  We regularly speak at conferences and workshops around the country, and hold quarterly sustainability events here in the Bay as the Sustainable Business Network’s Regional Business Connector.

We are carboNZeroCertTM certified and also certified to the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard. We are also a signatory to the Climate Leaders Coalition.

We believe that only together can we mitigate and adapt to the challenges and opportunities posed by the climate crisis. We hope you will join us.

Climate Leader’s Coalition

3R is proud to be one of over 120 New Zealand businesses which have joined forces to tackle climate change by forming the Climate Leaders Coalition.

The Chief Executives of each of the companies has signed the CEO’s Climate Change Statement, which recognises the role business can play in bringing about change and commits the companies to action. The goal of the coalition, which includes the leaders of Z Energy, Westpac, Ngai Tahu Holdings, Vector, Air New Zealand, Spark and NZ Post, as well as many small and medium sized businesses, is to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and, in doing so, create a positive future for New Zealanders, business, and the economy.

By signing the CEO Climate Change Statement, each of the business leaders have committed to measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions and working with suppliers to reduce emissions, with the aim of helping to keep global warming within two degrees, as specified in the Paris Agreement.

The Climate Action HB initiative is part of 3R’s commitment to the Coalition and to our region.  We’d encourage you to take a look at the Coalition and consider whether this is a commitment to action that your business would like to make.

Do you want to find out more about whether this event is for you?

Do you want to join us and explore how your business can mitigate, and adapt to, climate change?

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