Bottle Drive bonanza!

7.30 am last Saturday morning at the Kaitāia market, kids waiting patiently to claim 10 cents each for their cans and bottles. What an epic Kiwi Bottle Drive! We paid out nearly $2,000 over 4 hours. They just kept coming. People collected bottles and cans from places like SH 1 and Lake Ngatu. Two people … Continue reading Bottle Drive bonanza!

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Bring along your bottles!

The Kiwi Bottle Drive is returning to the Kaitaia Saturday market this Saturday 14 July as part of Plastic Free July, after a spectacularly successful debut last year, when market patrons recycled more than 20,000 cans and bottles. "Similar events were held around the country, and Kaitaia folk were the country's top recyclers," Kiwi Bottle … Continue reading Bring along your bottles!

Just the (plastic free) business!

It's brilliant to see local businesses getting behind Plastic Free July and entering our competition as well as enabling you to meet the Plastic Free challenge. Posts are being shared about it on the Plastic Free Te Hiku Facebook group (do join!), but to keep things in one place and for those not on Facebook … Continue reading Just the (plastic free) business!

Ridding Kaitāia of single-use plastic, one bag at a time…

Plastic Free Kaitaia 2020 and Kai-tāia kete will be back at the Kaitāia market today 7th July, restocked with Kai-tāia kete and produce bags, thanks to our wonderful volunteers of the EcoCentre who have been flat out sewing. Please pop in to the EcoCentre (old lighthouse/Info centre by playground on South Rd) through the week (Mon-Fri 10-4) if you … Continue reading Ridding Kaitāia of single-use plastic, one bag at a time…

Keep batteries out of bins!

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!

Making your own scraps vinegar

I've been using apple cider vinegar as a hair conditioner, following baking soda as 'shampoo', for some years now with great results. Driven by the joint concerns of reducing my spending and plastic use I decided to have a go at making my own vinegar. However I forgot to bookmark the link that I used … Continue reading Making your own scraps vinegar

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!

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

KPS Room 1 wrap it up!

Room 1 at Kaitaia Primary School got the opportunity to make their own personalised beeswax lunchwrap with Jo Shanks of CBEC Ecosolutions.   Using plain cotton cloth the tamariki drew on their own designs and then Jo dipped the cloths in a pan of melted beeswax, a few wafts around in the air and voila! … Continue reading KPS Room 1 wrap it up!

Support our local EcoStars!

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!