Waiho I te toipoto, kaua I te toiroa

Let us keep close together, not wide apart

This whakatauki speaks to the importance of keeping connected, of maintaining relationships and dialogue so that we can keep moving forward together. 


Sustainable Business Network

New Zealand’s largest sustainable business organisation


Sustainable Business Council

Business solutions for a sustainable New Zealand


New Zealand Green Building Council

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is a not-for-profit, industry organisation. Their vision is that New Zealanders live, work and play in healthy, efficient and productive buildings in a sustainable built environment.


The Sustainability Society

The Sustainability Society is a national network established to foster sustainability across the built environment. The Society provides learning and fosters dialogue on sustainability through workshops, webinars, forums and other projects.  An interest group of The Engineering Society.


Sustainable Taupo Businesses

This is a network for businesses in Taupō keen to progress on their sustainability journey and support others in this space.  We host regular networking events as an opportunity to learn and share with thought leaders. Topics areas include transport, waste, energy, corporate social responsibility and water stewardship.

We are supported by the Sustainable Business Network and the Bay Trust.

We’re on a mission to encourage and support Central Plateau businesses to take on the incredible opportunities of ‘climate positive’ business models.

Carbon Reduction

Instructions on calculating your carbon emissions (SBN). It clearly explains how to use the tool below by Catalyst.


Downloadable Excel-based tool by Catalyst that measures the GHG emissions of businesses and households. Carbon Calculator


Detailed measuring, reporting and offsetting carbon (MfE guidance and tool).


Ekos offers the option of doing the math for you; with their carbon footprint measurement and offsetting tool.

Report carbon emissions with this free Govt tool!.

Green Building

Green building - better for the planet and better for the people...click on grasshopper!

Home Fit (NZGBC)

HomeFit is a no-nonsense, straightforward way to check if a home is warm, safe and dry.

Home Star (NZGBC)

Homestar is a comprehensive, independent national rating tool, run by the not-for-profit Green Building Council, that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. A home is rated on a scale from 6 to 10.

Green Star (NZGBC)

Green Star is an internationally-recognised rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings, fit-outs and communities.

Living Building Challenge (Living Futures Institute)

The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. People from around the world use our regenerative design framework to create spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take.

Passive House

Passive House is a fabric-first approach to achieving healthy and comfortable buildings. With up to 90% energy savings for space heating and cooling, Passive Houses use much less energy compared to traditional buildings and even average new buildings.

Waste Minimisation

Making the most of the finite resources makes sense...right? Right!



WasteMINZ is the leading professional body and the authoritative voice on waste management, resource recovery and contaminated land management in New Zealand.


Civil Share

Buy, sell, share, swap and hire materials and resources.

Now you can ease the load. Find equipment, materials, labour and save. From dirt to diggers, concrete to cranes.


Why Waste

Why Waste Worms is transforming food waste into soil through a nation-wide network of professionally serviced worm farms in households and businesses.


Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA)

Investing in energy efficiency will deliver returns for your business. EECA funding and loans can help you identify opportunities and build a business case for investment.

Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand's innovation agency. 

R&D grants are structured to meet your business needs - whether you're a young start-up, an established R&D performer, or want to bring students on board to assist in your R&D activities.

Research and Development Tax Incentive

A Tax Incentive is now available to businesses conducting eligible research and development in New Zealand.


givUS offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sports clubs and Iwi.  Check with our local library as to whether you have free online access.