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About the Facilitators

A friendly crew of community-minded, composting experts from across the Auckland region are ready to teach you new composting techniques, or help you perfect your existing practice. Composting is a lifestyle habit that is easily adopted and they will show you how simple it really is.

No questions are too big or too small. The Compost Collective facilitators want to show you what can be done with your food scraps and garden waste so your organic matter doesn’t end up in landfill.

Get in touch with a facilitator from your area if you want advice on composting. They passionately care about our soil and want to help you make a positive difference in our fine city.

NOTE: If you belong to a community group you could also consider organising your own, free workshop with one of the facilitators in your neighbourhood. Call or email them and start the conversation today.

Philippa Beagley (Pip)

I am passionate about growing food and therefore passionate about growing soil. My preferred method for organic waste recycling is cold composting, though I am really enjoying giving Bokashi a go! Completing the cycle is important to me, to take responsibility of the waste my family produces and recycle it within our property is a great goal.

Compost Collective Facilitator Pip

Judy Keats
Ph. 021 635 607

Judy: I will encourage you to change your viewpoint on household waste, and show you how to turn it into a wonderFULL resource. Compost and fertilizer will supercharge your veggies, flowers and trees. Believe me, it beats the bagged variety

Jennifer Kerr
Ph. 09 957 0117
Ph. 021 070 7601

Jennifer: I love building soil through composting. Worm farming is my favourite. I can watch the worms hard at work while I sit back and relax. Composting doesn’t have to be hard work! Hens are also great – they eat my weeds and food scraps and give me eggs to boot!

Caroline Rose

Ph. 022 064 0344

Caroline: I love growing my own food – I really get a kick out of eating what I have grown.  I have been growing veggies and gardening since I was 8. Composting has always been a part of my life and I particularly love what we can do and achieve with Bokashi in terms of conditioning soil and growing better tasting food. I also have a soft spot for my worms – seedlings thrive when grown with vermicast. 

Sustainable Papakura
ph: 021 553 287

Sustainable Papakura: we are a charitable organisation working to promote waste minimisation and resource recovery in and around Papakura. We’re excited to start bringing the knowledge and experience of the Compost Collective workshops to our community, so more people can get on board with this eco-friendly way of dealing with food scraps.

Waiheke Resources Trust

Kayleigh Appleton
Ph. 021 0837 4493

Kayleigh: My passion from composting comes from a lifelong belief that we are nature and must act as such. That means building soils to foster life instead of continually taking nutrients from them until we can take no more. I have had the privilege of learning and working on the hot composting project at the Waiheke Resources Trust for the last few years and have also learned heaps from my colleagues and personal composting projects. My composting toilet has got to be my favourite composting method as it’s such a great way to capture our human waste and save water which is essential on Waiheke as we use 100% rainwater.

Kayleigh Appleton

Hari Narayan
Ph. 021 0291 7519

Hari: I am passionate about gardening and composting. I want to share my gardening and composting knowledge to the rest of the community so we can maintain good soil health and grow healthy vegetables. I am here to close the equation. Garden to table – table to garden!


Your Facilitators – Community Groups

Reverend ‘Ifalame Teisi with Therese Mangos
Ifalame Ph. 09 275 5567
Therese Ph. 021 905 961

Therese: I enjoy all kinds of composting. The key is to keep it simple and choose a system that works for you. I take pleasure in using what resources are at hand. So with a little bit of creativity, DIY, and enthusiasm we’ll have you composting in no time.

Hye Jung Kim with Elizabeth Park (Nam-Sook Park)
Ph. 021 273 4588

Hye Jung: “I prefer keeping Bokashi for growing fresh chillies. They boost my appetite and health as well. I am keen to share this useful information with our Korean community and nourish soil for the next generation. “Just do it” is my motto. I hope I can say “hello” to worms.”

Estella Lee

Ph. 027 491 8151

Estella: Composting is the best way to handle our organic waste and kitchen waste and enrich the soil in our home garden. I’ve been promoting composting and gardening to the Chinese community for many years now and it is exciting to see more people reducing their organic waste through composting. Auckland has a large Chinese population and I’m looking forward to continuing to help more people get started with composting.

Estella Lee

Hari Narayan
Ph. 021 0291 7519

Hari: I am passionate about gardening and composting. I want to share my gardening and composting knowledge to the rest of the community so we can maintain good soil health and grow healthy vegetables. I am here to close the equation. Garden to table – table to garden!


Richard Main
Ph. 09 273 9650 xt 205

Richard: My favourite method of composting is Hot compost, it’s fun ‘just like baking a cake.’ I am keen to share with you an organic approach to turning waste streams into black gold and grow an abundance of food with a dynamic cast of billions of micro citizens.

Your Facilitators – Community Composting Hubs

Judith Rosamund

Judith: I am fortunate to have grown up with parents and grandparents who were keen gardeners, so I have always grown organic food and made compost in my backyard.  I am delighted to see a resurgence in people wanting to revive and reclaim these skills which are so important for building food security and resilient communities.
I coordinate the teaching garden at Kaipatiki Project in Birkdale, and the Community Composting Hub at Hobsonville Point. It is exciting to be a part of a growing number of compost hubs throughout Aotearoa that are diverting food scraps from going to landfill and instead making compost to restore local soils and draw down carbon.

EcoMatters is running a pilot community composting hub at its New Lynn organic teaching garden. To find out more about how to get involved, please email