The EcoCentre is a growing network of locals trying to reduce their footprint on the earth and offers a range of products to work towards a zero waste lifestyle.

The EcoCentre organizes a variety of interesting workshops and can offer advice about ways that you can contribute to a greener and cleaner Kaitāia.

Run by Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao o Te Tai Tokerau Trust (Far North Environment Centre) the EcoCentre first opened it’s doors to the public in September 2013. Initially it was more of an office base for the Trust and a source of environmental information for the general public.

In 2015 the emphasis started to shift towards it’s current set up. Kaitāia TimeBank, now Tai Tokerau Timebank, had been using the EcoCentre as an office base and later stepped up to provide volunteers to keep the doors open. Many of the volunteers were in Transition Towns Kaitāia and so their presence became more tangible. Since then other groups and organisations have got involved and our social media platforms have helped support a wide range of community initiatives such as; the community garden – Maara Kai o te Hapori- and Plastic Free Kaitāia.

For regular updates on our activities you can follow our blog.

Our Volunteers

We rely on volunteers to keep the place running, and to provide many of the products for sale. Through Kaitāia TimeBank they earn timecredits for their efforts which they are able to use for services from other timebankers within the community. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, don’t hesitate to contact us! It is because of our regular volunteers that we can keep the doors open to the public. Thank you:

  • Asta Wistrand
  • Barbara Dysart
  • Danna Hamilton
  • Gary Little
  • Lesley Hoggard
  • Nancy Gregory
  • Pat Davies
  • Patriciah Beresford-Heather
  • Rachel Harris

Staff at the EcoCentre

  • Donna King – Funding and Finance Manager
  • Jo Bradley – Volunteer Coordinator & EcoCentre Manager
  • Anna Dunford – Kaitaia Timebank Coordinator
  • Paula Walker – Kaitaia Timebank Coordinator
  • Waikarere Gregory – Plastic Free Kaitāia Coordinator
  • Jo Bradley – Community Garden Coordinator