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!

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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!

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

Reclaim your food sovereignty – grow your own!

Te Hiku Hauora Maara Kai Community Gardens are running a series of workshops to take you through the process from planting seeds to harvesting and cooking the produce you can grow. It's on four consecutive Thursdays, 14th, 21st & 28th February, and 7th March. The workshops are free of charge but you do need to … Continue reading Reclaim your food sovereignty – grow your own!

Transferring the plastic problem

There have been lots of mix-ups about the changes to the plastics accepted for recycling at the local transfer stations. Jo Shanks checked out the official version and reported back in the Plastic Free Te Hiku Facebook group, it's copied here to reach a wider audience: Hi, there has been some confusion as to what plastics can be recycled at the transfer … Continue reading Transferring the plastic problem

New year, new beginnings

Ngā mihi nui o te tau hau! We're open again at Bank Street after our summer break and getting things back up and running. We're working on a programme of Crafty Mondays starting in February and other workshops, keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information and regular updates. We're also expanding our … Continue reading New year, new beginnings