Working together gets more done!

On Sunday there was a Timebank working bee on the Gregory whānau land at Pukepoto to move a collection of harakeke from one location to another. In the two hours we'd agreed to work for six of us managed to not only cut back and relocate all the plants Waikarere wanted moved for her own … Continue reading Working together gets more done!

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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!

Lifestyle Safari “Learning to live with less”

Join us on Saturday 3rd November, Honeymoon Valley 9:30am-3:30pm. Limited places left, so book now to avoid disappointment! Here’s an opportunity to visit lifestyle properties in our community. You will visit four lifestyle properties in and around Honeymoon Valley. The owners of each property have willingly opened their homes for this event so that you can experience … Continue reading Lifestyle Safari “Learning to live with less”

Paataka Kai – Community food stands

Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi With my food basket and your food basket, the people shall live Originally set up through Kaitāia TimeBank as a way for the community to share their spare produce from their gardens, giving value to fruit and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste, the community fruit … Continue reading Paataka Kai – Community food stands

Reflecting back and looking forward

September has been a very reflective month for us at the EcoCentre. With reports to write for funders of our Plastic Free July/Kaitāia 2020 campaign, and the Community Clean Up on top of  the AGM for Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao O Te Tai Tokerau (Far North Environment Centre), the trust that runs the EcoCentre. Not … Continue reading Reflecting back and looking forward

Harvesting kumara at Te Hiku Maara Kai

Volunteers at Te Hiku Hauora Maara Kai Community Garden recently harvested a great crop of kumara. George King was especially happy as he has been involved from the beginning, helping to set up the tipu bed, preparing the soil and planting the tipu, watering and weeding and finally taking a lot of pleasure in uncovering … Continue reading Harvesting kumara at Te Hiku Maara Kai

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

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