Busy sewing bees for Kai-Tāia Kete

Last Thursday was the first of a string of sewing bees at Far North REAP lined up for the year to make Kait-Tāia Kete for Plastic Free July 2020 and the EcoCentre. With the single use plastic bag ban kicking in at the beginning of July coinciding with Plastic Free July we're trying to build … Continue reading Busy sewing bees for Kai-Tāia Kete

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Dear Manager…

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…

How ‘green’ is your green alternative?

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?

Winning at going Plastic Free

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

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

Working together for change

So much has been happening here over the last couple of months, where do I start?! If you were following our Facebook pages and groups like Plastic Free Te Hiku you'll have a good idea of how extraordinarily well our campaign for Plastic Free July went this year, and the growing momentum for change away … Continue reading Working together for change

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!

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…