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…

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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

Old Laptops Wanted …

Bring your old laptops that either don’t work or have been replaced into the EcoCentre on Bank Street Kaitāia for recycling into spare parts to help out others in your community. The EcoCentre is running a pilot scheme to test converting parts from old laptops into either working laptops, or spare second hand parts such … Continue reading Old Laptops Wanted …

The cost of clothing

Pop along to the EcoCentre today between 11am and 6pm and for a gold coin you can take part in our Clothes Swap and take away a new wardrobe of clothing! We've got free refreshments too in case anyone needs a nibble whilst they decide.   So why have a clothes swap at the EcoCentre? … Continue reading The cost of clothing

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?

Paataka Kai – Community food stands

Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi With my food basket and your food basket, the people shall live Originally set up through Kaitāia TimeBank as a way for the community to share their spare produce from their gardens, giving value to fruit and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste, the community fruit … Continue reading Paataka Kai – Community food stands

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