Transitioning to a better future

Transition Towns Kaitāia connections have led to two workshops coming up at the EcoCentre in June. The first is a three session one on Divining with Christian Simon, and the second a workshop on composting toilets with Paul McLaren following on from the interest created at the TTK presentation 'Most Toilets Don't Flush' back in … Continue reading Transitioning to a better future

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Bamboo workshop

The EcoCentre recently organised two Bamboo workshops, Judy Klaus attended one of them and reported back for us. (Photos by Judy & Paula Walker). Future workshops are being planned, let us know if you're keen to come! We gathered at John Kenderdine’s property at Lake Ngatu. A look around his property showed a large stand … Continue reading Bamboo workshop

Waikawa weaving workshop

Kaitāia TimeBankers gathered for a day's workshop learning how to make waikawa, traditional kai storage baskets. What a great day it was! From growing plant to finished basket in just a few hours. Everyone got to go home with a completed one. You can use them as a shopping basket, toilet roll holder or laundry … Continue reading Waikawa weaving workshop

Reclaim your food sovereignty – grow your own!

Te Hiku Hauora Maara Kai Community Gardens are running a series of workshops to take you through the process from planting seeds to harvesting and cooking the produce you can grow. It's on four consecutive Thursdays, 14th, 21st & 28th February, and 7th March. The workshops are free of charge but you do need to … Continue reading Reclaim your food sovereignty – grow your own!

Hot compost takes off

On Friday 30th November, Richard Wallis from NZ Box, came to talk about composting and introduce his compost box design. Richard led an inspiring, dynamic group discussion on soil health and regenerative practices, followed by a demonstration constructing and filling the NZ Box composting unit on Saturday afternoon with a variety of interested community members. The Box was sited on Pukepoto … Continue reading Hot compost takes off

Plastic Free July 2018 – Kaitāia Calendar

Wed, 27th June  10am-4pm     Kaitaia Kete - reusable bag making in Te Ahu Atrium            Sat, 30th June   8am-12pm      Kaitāia Kete launch & PFK2020 stall  at Kaitāia market Mon, 2nd July  1pm-4pm     Crafty Monday – Bamboo straws workshop at the Eco Centre Sat, 7th July  8am-12pm       Plastic Free Kaitāia 2020 stall at Kaitāia market Wed, 11th July 4pm-6pm        … Continue reading Plastic Free July 2018 – Kaitāia Calendar

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

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

KPS Room 1 wrap it up!

Room 1 at Kaitaia Primary School got the opportunity to make their own personalised beeswax lunchwrap with Jo Shanks of CBEC Ecosolutions.   Using plain cotton cloth the tamariki drew on their own designs and then Jo dipped the cloths in a pan of melted beeswax, a few wafts around in the air and voila! … Continue reading KPS Room 1 wrap it up!

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