Our Vision

A resilient connected community with strong regenerative food systems, biodiversity, and a circular economy in Hawke’s bay


Our Mission

To inspire and empower people, businesses, and community to create a resilient and regenerative Hawke’s Bay.


Our Role

  • Inspiring - By actively demonstrating a participative and cooperative approach, and providing positive solutions.


  • Leading - By engaging with communities,  national, and local, and enabling new actions to be taken in adapting to sustainable personal behaviours and business practices. By leading through building strong networks to extend the understanding of the wider issues relating to creating a sustainable community by representation, creating affiliations, sharing information and supporting like-minded organisations.


  • Educating - By raising the level of community awareness, consumer practices and behaviours of sustainable and environmentally friendly activities. By running community courses, conducting presentations, seminars, and forums and identifying relevant information sources and gathering and distributing this to interested parties.


Our Values

  1. Sustainability - We promote sustainability both out in our community and within the operations of Sustaining Hawke's Bay Trust. Out in the community through our activities; and internally, through our working practices (use of recycled paper, environment-friendly material resources, energy savings). We endeavor to walk the talk of sustainability and help people understand in a simple way what sustainability is about and to find easy ways to implement sustainable practices in their day-to-day life.

  2. Integrity - We are a professional, non-profit, registered charitable trust. We are passionate about our work and deliver this in a clear and structured way to be a valued and authoritative organisation in the Hawke's Bay community.

  3. Openness - Our role is to generate a positive dialogue in the community, and to share our knowledge, experience and expertise, and the information we believe to be useful for a sustainable future. We are open to new ideas and opportunities.

  4. Inclusiveness - We practice a cooperative, collaborative and warm collegiality to our task and in trust operations and activities.

  5. Dedication - We are dedicated to helping people receive consistent, relevant, complete and useful information. We have huge energy and passion for the creation of a better earth.


Our Commitment

We have a strong commitment to the principles of sustainability. This model recognises that the economy is a subset of society (i.e. it only exists in the context of society) and that many important aspects of society do not involve economic activity. Similarly, human society and the economic activity within it are totally constrained by the natural systems of our planet.

NZ Environment Centres

Environment Centre Hawke's Bay are members of a national umbrella group: Environment Hubs Aotearoa (EHA). Members of EHA form a nationwide network of environment centres and other entities that act as local hubs for information, events, networks and projects that make a difference to our world. EHA supports local environment centres that help Kiwis take practical action in their homes, neighbourhoods, workplaces and wild places. By collaborating nationally we deliver better local solutions for global challenges.