Many of us struggle with the amount of plastic packaging found around the things that line the shelves of our supermarkets and other shops around town. Some find it easy to speak up about it at the time, others aren't so confident. Jane Banfield, aka Zero Waste Granny from Paihia, has designed these labels that … Continue reading Dear Manager…
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
'Christmas in the Car Park' event is taking place on Saturday December 15th with food stalls and a concert. This is in conjunction with with the Santa Parade and 3x3 basketball tournament. So now seemed a good time to look back at progress that has been made in turning the old Pak'nSave car park into … Continue reading Creating Community spaces
Bring your old laptops that either don’t work or have been replaced into the EcoCentre on Bank Street Kaitāia for recycling into spare parts to help out others in your community. The EcoCentre is running a pilot scheme to test converting parts from old laptops into either working laptops, or spare second hand parts such … Continue reading Old Laptops Wanted …
Thanks to local campaigner Warren Snow, Kaitaia has been at the forefront of the Kiwi Bottle Drive with their national campaign being launched here with their first Bottle Drive last year, and followed up with an even bigger Kiwi Bottle Drive this July. At each of these events, and at the EcoCentre, you have had the chance to … Continue reading Big push for bottle deposits
Northland Waste suspending the kerbside collection of 3-7 plastics reminds us how unsustainable it is to wrap food in something that lasts forever. However, the suspension of the recycling of janitorial plastics highlights the problems with having a monopoly of commercial waste companies in control of recycling in NZ. While light low grade plastics will … Continue reading Recycling reduced
It’s now 21 years since GE Free Northland/ Tai Tokerau started a very successful campaign to keep GE out of Aotearoa/New Zealand. But it is not quite over yet! GE Free Northland is facing down yet another attempt from Federated Farmers of NZ to block precautionary and prohibitive GE/GMO provisions, polices and objectives in the Northland Regional … Continue reading Do you want to keep Tai Tokerau GE Free?
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!
Whilst it is really encouraging to see many businesses around town switching to what looks like environmentally friendly bags, cups etc some of the options aren't as good as they seem at first sight. I'm sure our local businesses think they're doing the right thing and would be horrified to know that actually they could … Continue reading How ‘green’ is your green alternative?
Looking back at our Plastic Free July competitions is really encouraging. Lots of great entries that were on display at Te Ahu for several weeks, and Te Puna Aroha at Kaitāia College put up their own display in the College foyer. Wouldn't it be fantastic to see categories about being single use plastic free and the … Continue reading Winning at going Plastic Free