The Battery Industry Group

Our purpose - kaupapa

Our purpose is to ensure batteries are a valuable resource in Aotearoa New Zealand’s journey to a low emissions future.

To achieve this, they need to be effectively and safely managed throughout their lifecycle to maximise resource use over their entire life, through reuse in second life applications, recovery and recycling.

Who we are - ko mātou

The Battery Industry Group (B.I.G.) is a group of over 170 stakeholders brought together to research and co-design the product stewardship scheme required by government for a priority product. Large batteries were declared a priority product In June 2020 under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. Find out more about our co-design process here.


The Battery Industry Group operates under the governance of Auto Stewardship New Zealand, a not-for-profit Product Stewardship Organisation. You can see the current Trustees of Auto Stewardship New Zealand here.

Stakeholder working group

The group is made up of representatives from across the large battery value chain. They will have input and oversight into the project as it evolves.

For information on earlier working groups, click here.

Richard Heaps

Founder of PowerTrip

Kit Wilkerson

Vehicle Importers Association

Christian Judge

Insurance Council of New Zealand

Mark Gilbert

Auto Stewardship New Zealand

Basil Issa

EECA Te Tari Tiaki Pūngao

Glen McGarry / Brian Anderton

Motor Trade Association

Jasmine Faulkner

Phoenix Metalman Recycling

Jonathan Sergel

Automobile Association

Mark Stockdale

Motor Trade Association

James Hardisty

Control Focus

Al Gibbons

Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Project management

Research for phase one of the project was undertaken by Duncan Wilson of Eunomia Research and Consulting and co-ordinated by WasteMinz, with input from specialist advisory groups under the guidance of then B.I.G. chair Juhi Shareef.

Phase two of the project was managed by 3R Group with input from specialist advisory groups under the guidance of ASNZ Chair, Mark Gilbert, and has been completed.

For enquiries about the current status of the project, please contact us.