Bamboo workshop

The EcoCentre recently organised two Bamboo workshops, Judy Klaus attended one of them and reported back for us. (Photos by Judy & Paula Walker). Future workshops are being planned, let us know if you're keen to come! We gathered at John Kenderdine’s property at Lake Ngatu. A look around his property showed a large stand … Continue reading Bamboo workshop

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Local accountability

Back in February, in relation to the Transition Towns Kaitaia event 'Reducing our Greehouse Gas Emissions' I contacted both the Northland Regional Council and Far North District Council asking for an update on their progress towards meeting the Local Government Leaders' Climate Change Declaration. NRC replied within a few days. FNDC finally replied this week! … Continue reading Local accountability

No flush required for success!

A report on the Transition Towns Kaitāia evening 'Most Toilets Don't Flush', written by Gill Minogue. Four presenters, a large audience and lots of discussion! Paul has extensive experience with composting toilets here and overseas, but focused on the most basic composting toilet option – dry composting using a 50 litre plastic drum with lid. … Continue reading No flush required for success!

Neighbourhood networking in a global village

The strength of timebanking is the way it brings communities together and strengthens neighbourhoods. But it also links us with other timebanks, not just in Aotearoa NZ, but around the world. That international connection was shown in the recent email all the Timebank Coordinators received this week: Dear Timebank Coordinators, and especially to the Coordinators … Continue reading Neighbourhood networking in a global village

Wanted on Board!

Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao O Te Tai Tokerau Trust (aka Far North Environment Centre) is the trust that runs the EcoCentre, and is in need of some new trustees! The EcoCentre is the administrative home to Kaitāia TimeBank (KTB), Transition Towns Kaitāia (TTK), the Community Garden at the Community House on Puckey Ave, and Plastic … Continue reading Wanted on Board!

Dear Manager…

Many of us struggle with the amount of plastic packaging found around the things that line the shelves of our supermarkets and other shops around town. Some find it easy to speak up about it at the time, others aren't so confident. Jane Banfield, aka Zero Waste Granny from Paihia, has designed these labels that … Continue reading Dear Manager…

Waikawa weaving workshop

Kaitāia TimeBankers gathered for a day's workshop learning how to make waikawa, traditional kai storage baskets. What a great day it was! From growing plant to finished basket in just a few hours. Everyone got to go home with a completed one. You can use them as a shopping basket, toilet roll holder or laundry … Continue reading Waikawa weaving workshop

Most Toilets Don’t Flush!

A thought-provoking look at simple toilet systems is coming up next month. Friday 8th March, 6.30-8.00pm at Far North REAP, 33 Puckey Ave, Kaitaia. Everyone is welcome, koha entry! The programme will include: DIY Dry-Composting Toilets: an interactive presentation by Paul McLaren. Looking at the benefits of simple composting toilets and answering 'what is Humanure?' Paul will also … Continue reading Most Toilets Don’t Flush!

Reducing our Greenhouse Gas Emissions

New Zealand aims to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 2005 levels in the next decade. Our current energy efficiency target and carbon price policies are not sufficient to achieve this goal. The government, at both national and local level, needs to reassess its policies and adopt sectoral energy action plans; the transport, … Continue reading Reducing our Greenhouse Gas Emissions

REAP leading the way

Far North REAP asked the EcoCentre if we would tautoko their application for the 'Go Green Far North Awards'. Of course we said yes, they are an inspiring example of what can be done when the will is there to do it. But here in their own words is a description of what amazing things … Continue reading REAP leading the way