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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Creating Kaitāia Kete

One of the worst offenders for plastic pollution in our environment is the plastic bag. So as part of the campaign to get Kaitāia free from single use plastic by 2020 the idea of a Kaitāia Kete was born. We were lucky enough to get selected for Good in the Hood funding which will go … Continue reading Creating Kaitāia Kete

Support our local EcoStars!

As part of the Far North District Council commitment to waste minimisation in the region the Council initiated the EcoStar award for businesses, to promote and recognise achievements in this area. The EcoStar provides organisations with a structured process for the development, implementation and maintenance of a waste minimisation plan. The EcoStar can then be … Continue reading Support our local EcoStars!

Winter wellness

Cheryl Toka is a qualified Naturopath and donated her time to the EcoCentre to share her knowledge about herbal remedies for winter immunity. Cheryl  emphasised the importance of exercise, consuming fresh, local, organic produce, reducing your intake of processed foods and, “everything in moderation.” She believes this gives every person the basis for a healthy … Continue reading Winter wellness

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

Plastic-Free Tuesdays: One day a week of no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.

Kirihou kore! Kia kotahi te rangi i ia wiki. Kawea ake! Plastic-Free Tuesday is a challenge not to buy anything that is made of plastic or contains plastic. We also don’t use anything made of plastic that we have to throw away after using it. So no bananas wrapped in plastic, no plastic bags, no … Continue reading Plastic-Free Tuesdays: One day a week of no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.

Kickstarting Kaitaia Kete

Please vote for us to receive a share of $4,000 from Z Kaitaia! Getting Kaitaia free of single use plastic by 2020 is a project the EcoCentre is working on in conjunction with several other community groups, including CBEC Ecosolutions, Para Kore and the Corrections Dept. You may have already come across beeswax wraps to … Continue reading Kickstarting Kaitaia Kete

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

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!

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