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Our Vision

A resilient connected community with strong regenerative food systems, biodiversity, and a circular economy within Hawke’s bays social and ecological boundaries


Our Mission

To inspire and empower people, businesses, and community to create a resilient and regenerative Hawke’s Bay within the regions social and ecological boundary limits

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.

Meet The Board

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Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker has a background in Biomedical Science and now works a Chartered Accountant.

She has a passion for the environment, driving an electric car and always has a keep cup in her hand!

She grows organic fruit, veges, eggs and meat in Pukehou, CHB.

She has governance experience with the HB Breast Cancer Trust and is on the NZ Council for Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.


Rebecca Ashcroft

Communications advisor to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.  With a passion for using communication in making social change and promoting corporate social responsibility.  Rebecca has experience in brand management, building strong working relationships and strategic communication in both the public and private sector. Rebecca joined the board in 2019. She is passionate about sustainability and reducing our impact on our whenua.

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Emma Horgan-Heke CEO

Emma is passionate about making a difference in climate change. She has 30 years of project management experience across industries worldwide. In the last 15 years this experience has been in large scale complex projects in the $100 million space. Emma has also had her own consulting practice in the Regenerative and community building areas. She grew up on an organic farm at Mahia Beach where her family lived off the land.

Thank you to Our Sponsors


Hastings District Council is an active long term supporter, providing both financial and non-financial assistance. The Council staff work collaboratively with our centre staff in a joint effort to teach and engage the community on sustainable living.


The Ministry for the Environment provides financial support through Enviroment Hub Aotearoa to keep our centre open and allows us to connect with the Hawke's Bay Community.  We are grateful for their support.


Hawke's Bay Regional Council has funded our move into new premises. Without them we would not be able to continue to operate


Lotteries community fund have funded our mobile wash station. This project will reduce 100's of tonnes of single use packaging initially at events and then growing to serve our Napier and Hastings cbd reusable packaging needs

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.

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