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

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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!

Winter wellness

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 – 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

Plastic-Free Tuesdays: One day a week of no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.

Kirihou kore! Kia kotahi te rangi i ia wiki. Kawea ake! Plastic-Free Tuesday is a challenge not to buy anything that is made of plastic or contains plastic. We also don’t use anything made of plastic that we have to throw away after using it. So no bananas wrapped in plastic, no plastic bags, no … Continue reading Plastic-Free Tuesdays: One day a week of no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.

Introducing Ian: Kaitāia TimeBank’s new workshop & working bees coordinator

I te taha o toku Matua Ko Whakarongorua te Maunga Ko Hokianga te Moana Ko Mataetaua te Marae Ko Ngapuhi te Iwi I te taha o toku Whaea Ko Maunga Piko te Maunga Ko Parengarenga te Moana Ko Te Reo Mihi te Marae Ko Ngati Kuri te Iwi Ko Ian Kaihe-Wetting toku ingoa I am … Continue reading Introducing Ian: Kaitāia TimeBank’s new workshop & working bees coordinator

Kickstarting Kaitaia Kete

Please vote for us to receive a share of $4,000 from Z Kaitaia! Getting Kaitaia free of single use plastic by 2020 is a project the EcoCentre is working on in conjunction with several other community groups, including CBEC Ecosolutions, Para Kore and the Corrections Dept. You may have already come across beeswax wraps to … Continue reading Kickstarting Kaitaia Kete

Navigating the environmental legal jungle

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

Kauri dieback – what you can do to help

Kauri dieback has been confirmed up here in the Herekino and Raetea forests. It isn't just out there 'somewhere', it is here. The Kauri Dieback website brings together practical information on how we can all do our bit in the forests to save our kauri, along with educational information on what it is and how it … Continue reading Kauri dieback – what you can do to help