Design for Reuse - Resource: Rise Again

It is with great delight that I can now announce the 5 teams selected for Resource: Rise Again, and our print team from MIT (And we may even have one more team joining in soon....a wildcard perhaps!). 

Thank you to everyone who applied, there was so much inspiration and commitment to reuse in your submissions, and I hope to work with many of you in the future if I am lucky enough. The selection process was challenging and exciting with 32 excellent submissions. Of these, 29 were from the North Island, and 3 from the South. We also had enquiries from creatives in South Africa, Poland, UK and Australia. 

Hugely grateful to the selection panel: Jonathon Hannon, Lizanne Dirkx and Dr Atiq Zaman for their expertise, time and enthusiasm.


Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei.
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.


So the Resource: Rise Again team includes:

Designtree Collective

Ambrosia Crum

Dr Amabel Hunting & Anke Nienhuis

Ash Holwell

Clark Bardsley Design & Mitchener Architecture & Design

MIT Print Studio


More information about the design teams: 

Designtree Collective

Rebecca Asquith and Tim Wigmore are industrial designers based in Wellington. Together they established the Designtree Collective in 2011, and have since been creating award-winning furniture and lighting. They continue to search for materials and manufacturers with the best social and environmental credentials. Their practice shows a deep appreciation of materiality and environment.

Submission extract:

‘We envision that together with the 4 other chosen teams or individuals, Designtree’s research and documentation outcomes will contribute to a set of meaningful and practical tools able to used by creative, business’ and communities to provide information and guidance on working with wasted resources.’ 

A sample of Designtree work; the Chamfer Stool:



Ash Holwell

Ash is based in Whāngārei. He is an industrial designer whose life has involved a huge amount of socially engaged collaborative practice. He has developed four community based organisations including Whare Bike, and a theatre company, Company of Giants in Whāngārei.

Submission extract:

‘A lens of scarcity is one that brings us closer to the systems of the world around us in which nothing is waste in any part of a cycle, something we as a human race have begun to neglect over the past few centuries as some parts of the world have shifted to a lens of excess.’

A sample of Ash's work with the theatre company he co-founded:



Clark Bardsley & Andrew Mitchener are based in Ellerslie, Auckland, in fact they happen to live across the road from one another.

Andrew Mitchener is one of 2 directors at Mitchener Architecture and Design (MAAD). He is also a tutor at the School of Architecture & Planning at the University of Auckland.

Clark Bardsley is the director of Clark Bardsley Design (CBD), an industrial design studio with experience in mass-manufactured products and bespoke furniture and lighting. He is also a part-time lecturer in design at Auckland University of Technology.

Submission extract:

‘We see Resource: Rise Again as a chance to promote design across a range of audiences in this city, especially to groups that may not have seen the value of design in action and how design can create intelligent, pragmatic and efficient systems and products around industry and business.’

‘Resource: Rise Again also aligns with our studio vision of promoting awareness of the value of great design in New Zealand.’

The Tangle bar stool by CBD, and interior work at The Dowse by Andrew Mitchener for Mary Daish Architect:



Ambrosia Crum

Ambrosia is based in Titirangi, Waitakere. She is an architectural graduate who is currently the Pouarahi Maori Built Heritage Advisor for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. She also works as a Mentor/Leader with The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs, offering support that focuses on community/youth, creative thinking and sustainability.

Submission extract:

'Our people (of all places) are traditionally very resourceful and innovative and it is important that we start looking to the past to find solutions for the future.'

'I am an advocate for ecologically and socially sustainable practices driven by the community with a hands on and collaborative approach to my work.’

A sample of Ambrosia's past work whilst working with The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs:


Dr Amabel Hunting & Anke Nienhuis

Amabel is an expert in sustainable design with 10+ years experience in social behaviour change in the non-profit sector. She is a senior lecturer at the School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology.

Anke is an industrial designer with 15+ years of international experience in the field of product design and new product development, with additional exposure to interior, apparel and graphic design. She is also a lecturer at the School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology.

Submission extract:

'This project has been a catalyst for our thinking and we envisage this project extending beyond the life of this grant and plan to use it as a launching pad to develop a research centre around the creative reuse of waste material.’

A sample of Anke's past work:



Print studio, Faculty of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology

This team includes Albert Taala Nili and Shane Stanley Sione Vaioleti Tou'anga-he-lotu Tuihalangingie, who are working with senior lecturer, Steve Lovett. They are based at the print studio at the Faculty of Creative Arts at the Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara, Auckland. They are undertaking research in printing and publishing with wasted resources. They will be working with our designer Matthew Galloway, editor Emma Johnson, and our wonderful academic panel on this journal. 

This is an example of work produced by this print studio: four limited edition posters for the Hone Tuwhare Trust by four New Zealand designers and typographers; Matthew Galloway, Catherine Griffiths, Sarah Maxey and Kris Sowersby, with each a response typographically to one of Hone Tuwhare’s poems. Image courtesy of Matthew Galloway.


Resource: Rise Again is going to be an extraordinary journey with this team of extraordinary people. We'll be keeping you updated along the way.

Huge thanks to Creative New Zealand and Auckland Council for making this project fly! 




Resource: Rise Again project launch

25th February 2016. Article by Architecture Now

After having completed the acclaimed Whole House Reuse project in 2015, Rekindle is now launching their new major project Resource: Rise Again, which focuses on the high volume of reusable resources that are currently wasted when sent to landfill.

In New Zealand over the last 25 years, the volume of waste has increased by 73 per cent. We send over 2.5 million tonnes of waste to landfill every year, with another estimated 6.5 million tonnes of waste being dumped outside of levied landfills. 

In response to this problem Rekindle’s founder Juliet Arnott says, “I understand that it’s easier to overlook the tonnes of waste going to landfill every day in New Zealand, because it is a hugely overwhelming problem. Our work at Rekindle is about trying to find to a way to value resources so that they are seen as being too good to throw away.”

The Resource: Rise Again project will fund and support five designers or design teams across New Zealand, between April and October 2016, to research and design new solutions for resources that businesses currently pay to dispose of in landfill. This is the first time in New Zealand that a research and design program has been established specifically to address waste through reuse solutions. 

Rekindle is a social enterprise where profits are dedicated to furthering development of creative work that has impact on waste and resourcefulness. Resource: Rise Again is funded by Creative New Zealand and involves an expectation of high-quality creative outcomes. The large new body of research and design solutions will be exhibited in Christchurch in October 2016, and Auckland at Objectspace in 2017. 

Rekindle is now calling for designers to submit their interest in the project; the deadline for submissions is 11 March 2016

Also as part of this project, a journal that explores pertinent issues related to waste is being published. As no one individual or single field of understanding is yet to effectively address the myriad of issues involved with waste, Rekindle is calling out for original, thought-provoking submissions (both written and visual) from a wide range of contributors. The deadline for journal submissions is 29 April 2016.


Call for submissions:

Our new project Resource: Rise Again is an effort to do something about the waste that goes to landfill ton after ton. It's an ambitious and exciting project. We are currently seeking creative practitioners/teams to apply for paid waste-based research and design positions that evolve high quality reuse outcomes.  We are also calling for submissions for the journal that will be launched with the end of this project.

Please find links to the brief and submission guide below, and do send any questions to us via Submissions are due before 5pm 11th March 2016. 

If you have a business that pays for disposal of your waste to landfill, and would like to consider alternatives please make contact.

Resource: Rise Again Design Brief

Resource: Rise Again Submission Guide

Call for submissions for journal publication for Resource: Rise Again 

And for those curious, this is where the project name originated: