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 such as reusable produce- and shopping bags, seeds and seedlings, baking soda, beeswax wraps and much more.

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

History

Run by Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao o Te Tai Tokerau Trust (Far North Environment Centre) which has been going since 1999, 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 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; Maara Kai (Community Garden) and Plastic Free Kaitāia.

Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao o Te Tai Tokerau Trust

The Trust meets monthly, and all who are involved with the EcoCentre are welcome to attend the meetings. Our current trustees are:

  • Ian Kaihe-Wetting
  • Rebecca Ranum
  • Pat Davis
  • Patrick Mason

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! Thanks to our regular volunteers we can keep the doors open to the public. Thank you:

  • Asta Wistrand
  • Danna Hamilton
  • Nancy Gregory
  • Gary Little
  • Lesley Hoggard
  • Annie Sarsfield
  • Khurram Rao
  • Nicolette Nel

Staff at the EcoCentre

  • Donna King – Funding and Finance Manager
  • Marije van der Leeuw – Volunteer Coordinater & EcoCentre Manager
  • Anna Dunford – Kaitaia Timebank Coordinator
  • Paula Walker – Kaitaia Timebank Membership & Workshop Coordinator
  • Waikarere Gregory – Plastic Free Kaitaia Coordinator
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