Case Study

Community Resources Whakatane

  • Highlight CReW has a reuse rate of approximately 95%
  • Employees CReW employs 6 part time employees (3.5 FTE) and has 16+ volunteers and retail trainees
  • Established 2012

CReW works closely with the Whakatane District Council, and partners with Pou Whakaaro to support people with experience of mental health or disabilities to live life well.
Established with investment from MfE WMF, Whakatane District Council, Te Runanga o Ngati Awa, Pou Whakaaro and Energy Options.

CReW Activities:

  • Run a community reuse centre
  • Sell items in our secondhand department store
  • Operate C&D waste collection and resale service
  • Training and skills development for volunteers
  • Partner with people to establish micro businesses
  • Promote upcycling and reuse directly and through social media
  • E-waste recycling
  • Run Silent Auctions
  • Dismantle items for metal recycling


Annual turnover

$140,000 (Entirely Self Funding)