I’m an action woman, experienced marketeer, campaigner and fundraiser, who is passionate about making a difference. I have free dived for many years, all over the world, and seen the degradation of the marine environment due to climate change, over fishing and plastic pollution. My experience working on a plastic campaign with City to Sea, the organisation behind Refill UK, inspired me to set it up in Aotearoa. I have also managed cycle advocacy campaigns in NZ and UK, and a zillion events.
Balazs & Gabor
Barefoot Web Design
RefillNZ web site guardians – producing and maintaining our website with passion.
Barefoot represents naturality, simplicity and elegance. When walking without shoes you are one with the terrain, focused purely on the road, on your steps, not on the troubles. We craft sharp, modern and unique design that stands out and attract visitors.
Right hand person – admin, Social Media and marketing
“I’m so happy to be a part of the RefillNZ team and community. I am passionate about this beautiful planet we live on and showing it the love it deserves. When I’m not studying marketing at uni you’ll find me filming, writing, editing or performing around Wellington. I love most any creative venture I can get my hands on!”
I’m a senior iOS developer who crafts apps for Apple products, from mobile banking to augmented reality. I collaborate with startups to build solutions that reduce plastic waste and its impact on the planet. Check out the RefillNZ app on the App Store!
Sophie van Bunnik
RefillNZ Auckland Campaigner
Kia ora. Originally from Wellington, I am studying environmental sciences and geography in Auckland. Volunteering, anything related to nature (including good food!) and an engrossing book are some of my favourite ways to spend time. RefillNZ truly sparked my interest upon first learning about them. There are so many small (and free) things that we can do everyday that can add up to make a huge difference, like filling up your reusable drink bottle. Because of this, I felt so driven to become a part of RefillNZ’s amazing campaign, and make it easier for the public to make responsible choices.
Signing up cafes has made me feel at home in Auckland! I’ve met so many amazing people who are passionate about this campaign and don’t think twice about implementing it. Plus I now have an endless supply of brunch and coffee spots, who I know align with my values!
I work in Wellington in Finance.
Outside work, I enjoy exploring the nearby walking trails. Spending time outdoors makes me question the relationship between people and nature. Modern society often discuss ‘nature’ as somewhere else: a place to visit or an ecosystem that we must manage to provide food, clean water, fresh air. So much that we sometimes forget that we are also part of nature. What we do to nature will ultimately affect ourselves. With this thought, I aim to lead a sustainable lifestyle and encourage others to do the same. This is the reason I joined Refill NZ.
He holds a PhD degree in Environmental Management from Lincoln University New Zealand. He is originally from Nigeria and as a person who is concerned with the maintenance of ecological balance and the conservation of the environment; he has been searching for environmental management related jobs. He came across the RefillNZ voluntary service advertisement in November 2019. Here’s his expression of interest: “I’m interested in participating in your Environmental Campaign aimed at preventing plastic pollution at source.” He has since then taken active part in getting Cafes, Bars and other businesses in Christchurch signed up to the free water on tap RefillNZ campaign.