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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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

We’ve moved!

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." We may not have changed the world in the last few weeks, but we've certainly achieved a huge amount thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers. It has been a bit of a … Continue reading We’ve moved!

The Awesome Ahipara Beach Clean Up needs YOU!

Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē, Ninety Mile Beach is in need of a massive clean up, with an estimated 8-10 tonnes of flotsam and dumping; together we can clean this up. Last year we removed 5 truckloads plus trailers in one morning, this year we aim to double that! We love our beach, and our kaimoana, so come … Continue reading The Awesome Ahipara Beach Clean Up needs YOU!

Living the Change – notes from one watcher

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

Earth First

Transtition Towns Kaitaia's February film was 'First Earth', which could as easily be called 'Earth First' - putting earth first as a healthy, economical, and attractive building option that has met the needs of many human communities since building began. Between one third and half of all humans currently live in earth-built homes - and … Continue reading Earth First