Cycles of success

Several cyclists with a variety of bikes attended a Timebank workshop on basic bike maintenance on Saturday the 31st August at the Eco Centre. Peter de Wolfe shared his experience and we covered (without getting on our bikes!) a lot of ground; demonstrations and discussion included useful tools, adjusting bike seat and handlebars for the … Continue reading Cycles of success

Celebrating ten years of timebanking

On the morning of Saturday 14th September at Anō Anō! (next door to the EcoCentre) about 30 people gathered to celebrate and look back on a decade of timebanking in Kaitāia. In 2009 Kaitāia TimeBank was set up by Rebecca Ranum and members of Transition Towns Kaitāia after she and John Kenderdine got inspired by … Continue reading Celebrating ten years of timebanking

Anō anō! is all go

Monday 9th September at 8.30am saw 16 people on Bank Street to unveil the new signs of Anō, anō! Rethink | Repair | Reuse. This was followed by a blessing of the whare inside signaling the opening of the space next door to the Ecocentre Kaitaia and the beginning of Te Wiki o te Reo … Continue reading Anō anō! is all go

The Rubbish Trip return

Back in November 2017 we were lucky to have Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Price, aka Two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip visit Kaitāia and give their inspiring flagship talk about Reducing our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach. It felt like a flying visit and we wished we had more time with them. This … Continue reading The Rubbish Trip return

Timebanking gets bigger and better!

Kaitāia TimeBank (KTB) is morphing into Tai Tokerau Timebank (TTT). 'Kaitāia' was becoming an increasingly inaccurate description, with members already between Houhora and Whāngārei! Curently sitting at almost 170 members, the vast majority are within the Far North District Council area, and over a 100 are in and around Kaitāia itself. We're planning several 'relaunch' … Continue reading Timebanking gets bigger and better!

Poster competition – Plastic Free July 2019

Thanks to a request on Facebook for a repeat of last year's popular Plastic Free July poster competition Jo Shanks of CBEC Ecosolutions has stepped up and organised a poster competition for under 18s. So please note that the entries need to be dropped off at CBEC/The Garden Centre at Pukepoto Road! They are open … Continue reading Poster competition – Plastic Free July 2019

Laptop recycling scheme

The EcoCentre has over the last 6 months been running a pilot scheme to recycle old laptops, which can be either fixed and upgraded and sold back into the community, or broken down into spare parts which can then be used to repair other laptops or upgrade them. The scheme not only reduces the amount … Continue reading Laptop recycling scheme

Competition time!

Plastic Free Kaitāia 2020 are running three competitions for local businesses and educational institutions through Plastic Free July 2019. With the single use plastic carrier bag ban kicking in on 1st July, we want to recognise what extra steps are being taken in out community to combat the amount of single use plastic that ends … Continue reading Competition time!

Kai-Tāia Kapu coming soon!

Saturday 29th June will see the launch of the Kai-Tāia Kapu at Kaitāia Market, ready for Plastic Free July, and international challenge to reduce single use plastic from our lives. The kapu are a glass reusable travel cup for coffee etc, with a blue silicone lid and grey grip band with the green logo on. … Continue reading Kai-Tāia Kapu coming soon!

Transitioning to a better future

Transition Towns Kaitāia connections have led to two workshops coming up at the EcoCentre in June. The first is a three session one on Divining with Christian Simon, and the second a workshop on composting toilets with Paul McLaren following on from the interest created at the TTK presentation 'Most Toilets Don't Flush' back in … Continue reading Transitioning to a better future