We are all looking for solutions to minimise our impact so our people and our places can thrive and survive.

Minimising our use of plastics is one of the hardest problems that we face. Plastic Pollution is invading our planet and Palmerston North is no exception, with plastic in our river and streams journeying out to the ocean. But there has been positive locally based action; Environment Network Manawatū’s Plastic Pollution Challenge has been on a five-year mission to clean up local streams, raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution and change public perceptions. 1200 volunteers have salvaged more than 2000 rubbish bags of litter plus hundreds of large items from more than 250km of urban waterways.

This incredible mahi will be showcased in an upcoming art event at Square Edge Arts Centre running from 1-23 September 2023 Titled ‘Plastic Pollution Solutions: Your Choice, Your Voice’.  The exhibition will examine the impact of consumer choices and the much-needed actions of stream clean-up volunteers - then invites exhibition visitors to have a say.

Throughout September there will be pop-in workshops on Saturdays from 10am – 2 pm. This will give visitors the opportunity to say what they want heard as part of a collective action movement.    

Find out more:

Facebook @palmyplasticchallenge.

Email ppc@source2sea.org.nz

Phone: 06 355 0126.

This event has been made possible with funding from Palmerston North City Creative Communities NZ.




Important dates.

Exhibition 1-23 September 2023

Square Edge Community Arts Centre
47 The Square
Palmerston North


Drop in and contribute words to our collage

145 Cuba Street from 12:00-1:30pm on:
Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 August
Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 August


Pop Up Exhibition Workshops

Every Saturday in September from 10am-2pm at Square Edge Community Arts Centre.