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!

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Creating Kaitāia Kete

One of the worst offenders for plastic pollution in our environment is the plastic bag. So as part of the campaign to get Kaitāia free from single use plastic by 2020 the idea of a Kaitāia Kete was born. We were lucky enough to get selected for Good in the Hood funding which will go … Continue reading Creating Kaitāia Kete

Plastic-Free Tuesdays: One day a week of no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.

Kirihou kore! Kia kotahi te rangi i ia wiki. Kawea ake! Plastic-Free Tuesday is a challenge not to buy anything that is made of plastic or contains plastic. We also don’t use anything made of plastic that we have to throw away after using it. So no bananas wrapped in plastic, no plastic bags, no … Continue reading Plastic-Free Tuesdays: One day a week of no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.

Kickstarting Kaitaia Kete

Please vote for us to receive a share of $4,000 from Z Kaitaia! Getting Kaitaia free of single use plastic by 2020 is a project the EcoCentre is working on in conjunction with several other community groups, including CBEC Ecosolutions, Para Kore and the Corrections Dept. You may have already come across beeswax wraps to … Continue reading Kickstarting Kaitaia Kete

Zero Waste (Fund)Raising awareness!

The EcoCentre has put together a Zero Waste raffle worth over $100, thanks to the support of several generous contributors . Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available at the EcoCentre, Mon-Fri 10-4, Saturdays 10-12. Message us if you'd like some but can't call in when we're open. Zero Waste is … Continue reading Zero Waste (Fund)Raising awareness!

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!

Hats and mats

Our Crafty Monday series continues on 5th March with an opportunity to learn how to crochet hats and mats out of soft plastics. They are particularly great for the garden and the beach and of course survive being scrunched up in a bag or the boot of the car. It is a way of getting … Continue reading Hats and mats

‘Did you bring a bag?’

"I suggested to the shop keepers to change their question of 'Do you want/need a bag?' to "Did you bring a bag?" That would at least stop the automatic "Yes thank you". If shoppers hear that question in every shop, they will somewhen start thinking and hopefully bring their own bags." I spotted this quote … Continue reading ‘Did you bring a bag?’