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

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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!

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

Busy sewing bees for Kai-Tāia Kete

Last Thursday was the first of a string of sewing bees at Far North REAP lined up for the year to make Kait-Tāia Kete for Plastic Free July 2020 and the EcoCentre. With the single use plastic bag ban kicking in at the beginning of July coinciding with Plastic Free July we're trying to build … Continue reading Busy sewing bees for Kai-Tāia Kete

Working together gets more done!

On Sunday there was a Timebank working bee on the Gregory whānau land at Pukepoto to move a collection of harakeke from one location to another. In the two hours we'd agreed to work for six of us managed to not only cut back and relocate all the plants Waikarere wanted moved for her own … Continue reading Working together gets more done!

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

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