Aupouri water concerns flow

The concern about the water extraction from the Aupouri aquifer has gained national attention. The Northland Regional Council hearings on this are this coming week, Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th March, in the theatre/cinema at Te Ahu. We Are Water campaigners are looking at a slot on either Monday or Tuesday to hold their People's … Continue reading Aupouri water concerns flow


Land of milk and honey

Well we don't have milk at the EcoCentre, but we do have honey, and it is divine! Coming from the bees of Monica & Tim Tautau on Kaitaia-Awaroa Road, this active raw manuka honey has been lab-tested and is the equivalent of +5 UMF. It isn't certified though as certification costs a phenomenal amount - … Continue reading Land of milk and honey

All charged up and ready to go!

It's connected! If you missed the flurry of activity on social media a couple of weeks ago you may be surprised to know we now have a 50kW DC Fast Charger up and running in the car park behind Te Ahu (off South Road, SH1). You can get enough charge for 100km of travel in … Continue reading All charged up and ready to go!

It’s a wrap!

A beeswax wrap! Several sizes in fact, and lovely ones specially designed for sandwiches and wraps (of the edible kind). We have partnered up with Viv Harding who makes beeswax wraps as a fundraiser for Days for Girls, an international grassroots network of thousands of volunteers around the world. Days for Girls provide education, feminine … Continue reading It’s a wrap!

It’s time to be the change

"We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors We borrow it from our grandchildren"   “Climate change is real We are at a crossroads right now It’s not too late to choose the future we want But we need to act now And we need to act together"   "Everybody can make a difference Everybody … Continue reading It’s time to be the change

We Are Water – speaking out

The We Are Water Action Group will be holding a 'People's Tribunal' during the Northern Regional Council's Resource Consent Hearing Motutangi-Waiharara Water Users Group on 26th, 27th & 28th March. Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn writes: Our Te Hiku water defense campaign team is organizing an independent, peaceful 'People's Tribunal' on this 'Motutangi Waiharara Users Group Resource Consent … Continue reading We Are Water – speaking out

Open more hours!

We're trialling Saturday opening 10am-12pm! After conversations with those coming through our doors for our open day on Saturday, plus discussion with those who have been regularly meeting up for a cuppa on a Saturday morning at the Gecko in recent years we decided to give it a go and meet up here instead. Our … Continue reading Open more hours!

Thinking co-operatively about progress

We folk of the Real Far North are fortunate to be living here. There may not be much money circulating, but we are rich in having a temperate climate, fertile soils and miles of coastline, all of which can produce much of our food. As we know, the name Kaitāia means 'food in abundance', and … Continue reading Thinking co-operatively about progress

Earth First

Transtition Towns Kaitaia's February film was 'First Earth', which could as easily be called 'Earth First' - putting earth first as a healthy, economical, and attractive building option that has met the needs of many human communities since building began. Between one third and half of all humans currently live in earth-built homes - and … Continue reading Earth First