Bottle Drive bonanza!

7.30 am last Saturday morning at the Kaitāia market, kids waiting patiently to claim 10 cents each for their cans and bottles. What an epic Kiwi Bottle Drive! We paid out nearly $2,000 over 4 hours. They just kept coming. People collected bottles and cans from places like SH 1 and Lake Ngatu. Two people … Continue reading Bottle Drive bonanza!

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Bring along your bottles!

The Kiwi Bottle Drive is returning to the Kaitaia Saturday market this Saturday 14 July as part of Plastic Free July, after a spectacularly successful debut last year, when market patrons recycled more than 20,000 cans and bottles. "Similar events were held around the country, and Kaitaia folk were the country's top recyclers," Kiwi Bottle … Continue reading Bring along your bottles!

Just the (plastic free) business!

It's brilliant to see local businesses getting behind Plastic Free July and entering our competition as well as enabling you to meet the Plastic Free challenge. Posts are being shared about it on the Plastic Free Te Hiku Facebook group (do join!), but to keep things in one place and for those not on Facebook … Continue reading Just the (plastic free) business!

Ridding Kaitāia of single-use plastic, one bag at a time…

Plastic Free Kaitaia 2020 and Kai-tāia kete will be back at the Kaitāia market today 7th July, restocked with Kai-tāia kete and produce bags, thanks to our wonderful volunteers of the EcoCentre who have been flat out sewing. Please pop in to the EcoCentre (old lighthouse/Info centre by playground on South Rd) through the week (Mon-Fri 10-4) if you … Continue reading Ridding Kaitāia of single-use plastic, one bag at a time…

Keep batteries out of bins!

Batteries are not cheaply recyclable in their current form. So the only long-term option is to encourage the producers to take responsibility by either taking them back, paying the recycling costs or developing non hazardous batteries. I’ve been staggered at the amount of batteries we are collecting what that cost really equates to.  For example … Continue reading Keep batteries out of bins!

Kai-tāia Kete launch Saturday 30th June

Come along to our market stall on Saturday and get stocked up with items to help you give up plastic for Plastic Free July 2018! We'll be launching our newly labelled Kai-tāia kete cloth shopping bags. These usually cost $3-$20 depending on size and design, but for one day only will be available for koha. … Continue reading Kai-tāia Kete launch Saturday 30th June

Plastic Free July 2018 – Kaitāia Calendar

Wed, 27th June  10am-4pm     Kaitaia Kete - reusable bag making in Te Ahu Atrium            Sat, 30th June   8am-12pm      Kaitāia Kete launch & PFK2020 stall  at Kaitāia market Mon, 2nd July  1pm-4pm     Crafty Monday – Bamboo straws workshop at the Eco Centre Sat, 7th July  8am-12pm       Plastic Free Kaitāia 2020 stall at Kaitāia market Wed, 11th July 4pm-6pm        … Continue reading Plastic Free July 2018 – Kaitāia Calendar

Making your own scraps vinegar

I've been using apple cider vinegar as a hair conditioner, following baking soda as 'shampoo', for some years now with great results. Driven by the joint concerns of reducing my spending and plastic use I decided to have a go at making my own vinegar. However I forgot to bookmark the link that I used … Continue reading Making your own scraps vinegar

Kia ora Kaitāia!

Woo hoo! This week Waikarere Gregory, our Plastic Free Kaitāia 2020 Maruao, and trustee Nancy Gregory went down to Whāngārei to be presented with our cheque for $1,140 from Good in the Hood. This amount was a result of people popping their tokens in our box at the Z Energy station in Katāia. The funds … Continue reading Kia ora Kaitāia!

Harvesting kumara at Te Hiku Maara Kai

Volunteers at Te Hiku Hauora Maara Kai Community Garden recently harvested a great crop of kumara. George King was especially happy as he has been involved from the beginning, helping to set up the tipu bed, preparing the soil and planting the tipu, watering and weeding and finally taking a lot of pleasure in uncovering … Continue reading Harvesting kumara at Te Hiku Maara Kai