About Us


In 2016 a Marlborough Family wanted to support their Pacific Island viticulture workers after hearing their many stories and associated challenges. They committed their retirement fund to import 700 Ace1 Clean Cook-stoves from Africa. This one robust device addresses many of the disadvantages suffered by half the worlds population who still cook over open fires, a leading cause of lung and eye disease in women and young children. 

“As a small family-owned business we have been able to support close to 200 families around the Pacific via our Clean Cook-stove Initiative, we knew that simply providing these devices was only part of the solution. We needed to expand our reach, help demonstrate both the device and recipes that might help address the numerous health issues, and provide access to finance”.    

We have seen the results, have continued to develop complimentary solutions such as the ZECO bag and continued to build partnerships with community groups, educators and mentors, here and around the Pacific. 

Every ACE1 sold here in Aotearoa helps offset cost to our whanau around the Pacific, contributing to cleaner air, while saving forest around the Pacific.

Attainable Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The 17 SDGs are integrated—that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. 


The Opportunity

There is a widening gap between income and the cost of living. This can be very hard to bridge when access to basic appliances such as cookstoves are not available with alternates requiring power supplies or imported fuels.

Not only are people financially constrained but time-poor as days are spent gathering fuel, and then spending hours preparing food over an open fire.

This ties many Pasifika women to the task of keeping fires going while caring for young children who are then subjected to unhealthy smoke, often receiving serious burns.

Time free of this daily grind creates a window of opportunity for other activities in the community or establishing their own business, as is the case with Samoa’s Women in Business Movement.

The ACE1 offers fast, safe and clean cooking while using readily available sustainable fuel such as coconut shells.

Our Approach

1st: Combating the negative

  • Reduction of open fire cooking
  • Reduction of deforestation
  • Reduction in illness associated with black carbon
  • Reduction in cost of living by way of imported fuels
  • Reduction of waste

2nd: Creating the Positive

  • Building Personal, Environmental, and Financial Security
  • Following on from our partners, African Clean Energy, we have entered the 1st of what we plan to one of many community small business programmes in Mangare.
  • With the capacity to recharge mobile devices, we will enhance access to communications for trade and education.
  • The addition of low powered LED lighting allows families more time in the evenings for activities such as reading bedtime stories etc.
  • In partnership with training providers, we are running healthy eating classes for the seasonal workforce. This is providing many men with education on new foods and the art of cooking.

The Team

Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates

Managing Director
027 464 8894 or (03) 5757673
Jill Moorhouse

Jill Moorhouse

Demonstration Coordinator Aid Support
027 235 6494 or (03) 5791084
David Smith

David Smith

Research and Development Manager