Creating Community spaces

'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

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Updated info on recycling plastic bottles

After our post Recycling Reduced about the cut back to kerbside recycling locally we were asked why not the #2 janitorial bottles, which seemed like a perfectly good question. So armed with a few facts from Jo Shanks at CBEC Ecosolutions I emailed Andrew Sclater at Northland Waste to find out, and this was his … Continue reading Updated info on recycling plastic bottles

The Awesome Ahipara Beach Clean Up needs YOU!

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!

Bags, the lot!

What a star, EcoCentre volunteer and Kaitāia TimeBank member Paula Walker has made 42 wet bags out of repurposed chook food sacks and old ties for KTB community group member Anne West Kindergarten to use as wet bags in keeping with their Enviroschools and Ecostar kaupapa! So they now should have enough for one for each … Continue reading Bags, the lot!

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

Community clean up rubbish recycled

Spring has sprung in Kaitaia, a few groups combined forces on Saturday 15th September to spruce up the old Pak 'nSave and surrounding areas, remove tagging, rubbish and weeds, and plant some lovely gardens. They also water blasted, ran a litter collection, and generally gave our township a bit of well deserved love! EcoSolutions were happy … Continue reading Community clean up rubbish recycled

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!

Keep batteries out of bins!

Batteries are not cheaply recyclable in their current form. So the only long-term option is to encourage the producers to take responsibility by either taking them back, paying the recycling costs or developing non hazardous batteries. I’ve been staggered at the amount of batteries we are collecting what that cost really equates to.  For example … Continue reading Keep batteries out of bins!