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

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Zero Waste (Fund)Raising awareness!

The EcoCentre has put together a Zero Waste raffle worth over $100, thanks to the support of several generous contributors . Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available at the EcoCentre, Mon-Fri 10-4, Saturdays 10-12. Message us if you'd like some but can't call in when we're open. Zero Waste is … Continue reading Zero Waste (Fund)Raising awareness!

Leading the Charge to reach Kaitaia

An Electric Vehicle (EV) convoy will be arriving in Kaitaia next week timed to celebrate the official opening of the electric vehicle charger behind Te Ahu. The EV fast charger opening ceremony will take place in Kaitaia at 11am on Wednesday the 4th of April. It is one of a number of chargers that are … Continue reading Leading the Charge to reach Kaitaia

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

All charged up and ready to go!

It's connected! If you missed the flurry of activity on social media a couple of weeks ago you may be surprised to know we now have a 50kW DC Fast Charger up and running in the car park behind Te Ahu (off South Road, SH1). You can get enough charge for 100km of travel in … Continue reading All charged up and ready to go!

It’s time to be the change

"We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors We borrow it from our grandchildren"   “Climate change is real We are at a crossroads right now It’s not too late to choose the future we want But we need to act now And we need to act together"   "Everybody can make a difference Everybody … Continue reading It’s time to be the change

We Are Water – speaking out

The We Are Water Action Group will be holding a 'People's Tribunal' during the Northern Regional Council's Resource Consent Hearing Motutangi-Waiharara Water Users Group on 26th, 27th & 28th March. Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn writes: Our Te Hiku water defense campaign team is organizing an independent, peaceful 'People's Tribunal' on this 'Motutangi Waiharara Users Group Resource Consent … Continue reading We Are Water – speaking out

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

Hats and mats

Our Crafty Monday series continues on 5th March with an opportunity to learn how to crochet hats and mats out of soft plastics. They are particularly great for the garden and the beach and of course survive being scrunched up in a bag or the boot of the car. It is a way of getting … Continue reading Hats and mats

‘Did you bring a bag?’

"I suggested to the shop keepers to change their question of 'Do you want/need a bag?' to "Did you bring a bag?" That would at least stop the automatic "Yes thank you". If shoppers hear that question in every shop, they will somewhen start thinking and hopefully bring their own bags." I spotted this quote … Continue reading ‘Did you bring a bag?’