Batteries are not cheaply recyclable in their current form. So the only long-term option is to encourage the producers to take responsibility by either taking them back, paying the recycling costs or developing non hazardous batteries. I’ve been staggered at the amount of batteries we are collecting what that cost really equates to. For example … Continue reading Keep batteries out of bins!
Volunteers at Te Hiku Hauora Maara Kai Community Garden recently harvested a great crop of kumara. George King was especially happy as he has been involved from the beginning, helping to set up the tipu bed, preparing the soil and planting the tipu, watering and weeding and finally taking a lot of pleasure in uncovering … Continue reading Harvesting kumara at Te Hiku Maara Kai
As part of the Far North District Council commitment to waste minimisation in the region the Council initiated the EcoStar award for businesses, to promote and recognise achievements in this area. The EcoStar provides organisations with a structured process for the development, implementation and maintenance of a waste minimisation plan. The EcoStar can then be … Continue reading Support our local EcoStars!
Cheryl Toka is a qualified Naturopath and donated her time to the EcoCentre to share her knowledge about herbal remedies for winter immunity. Cheryl emphasised the importance of exercise, consuming fresh, local, organic produce, reducing your intake of processed foods and, “everything in moderation.” She believes this gives every person the basis for a healthy … Continue reading Winter wellness
Living the Change was the film shown by Transition Towns Kaitaia in May. There is no such place as “away’’ – everything is connected on this one planet. Western culture’s capitalist system is based on endless growth - an impossibility on a planet with finite resources, and counter to human needs for community and peace. … Continue reading Living the Change – notes from one watcher
If your eyes start to glaze over when acronyms like RMA, EEZ, or EPA are quoted, but you need to know the ins and outs of environmental management you've now got some help. There's a whole raft of legal decision making processes and changing expectations that, whilst important, can be daunting. If you need to … Continue reading Navigating the environmental legal jungle
An Electric Vehicle (EV) convoy will be arriving in Kaitaia next week timed to celebrate the official opening of the electric vehicle charger behind Te Ahu. The EV fast charger opening ceremony will take place in Kaitaia at 11am on Wednesday the 4th of April. It is one of a number of chargers that are … Continue reading Leading the Charge to reach Kaitaia
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
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
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!