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

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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.

Land of milk and honey

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 a wrap!

A beeswax wrap! Several sizes in fact, and lovely ones specially designed for sandwiches and wraps (of the edible kind). We have partnered up with Viv Harding who makes beeswax wraps as a fundraiser for Days for Girls, an international grassroots network of thousands of volunteers around the world. Days for Girls provide education, feminine … Continue reading It’s a wrap!

Thinking co-operatively about progress

We folk of the Real Far North are fortunate to be living here. There may not be much money circulating, but we are rich in having a temperate climate, fertile soils and miles of coastline, all of which can produce much of our food. As we know, the name Kaitāia means 'food in abundance', and … Continue reading Thinking co-operatively about progress