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If you have a few hours to spare this week-end and would like to be in the fresh...

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:07:21 +0000

If you have a few hours to spare this week-end and would like to be in the fresh air, Forest & Bird Manawatu has advised us of two weeding projects that would welcome your help:

1. Tomorrow Sat 13th Dec - Rata care - from 9am – 12 noon
Volunteers will be releasing small rata trees from grass and weeds growing around them.
Where: at the Rata project at entrance of the Manawatu Gorge (the Ashhurst end).
The rata site is on a steep hillside there is long grass in seed, many weeds, uneven ground and the odd hole to avoid. Wear boots or strong shoes, bring gardening gloves to wear. Meet at Tom Shannon’s park (Ashhurst end of the Gorge). Contact Chris Thomasen (06) 323-6876 if you need more info. Email: cthom818@gmail.com

2. Sunday Dec 14th from 9-11 am at Apollo Butterfly Park
Come and help out with a weeding working bee to keep the Butterfly Park looking beautiful. Work will mostly be in the wildflower garden . Please bring garden tools with you if you can. Entrance is off Apollo Parade, Palmerston North. Contact paul.vandenberg@xtra.co.nz for more info or check them out at https://www.facebook.com/MonarchsApolloPark


Monarchs In Apollo Park

Developing a Butterfly Park in Apollo Park Palmerston North NZ

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:33:16 +0000


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Thanks to everyone who supports us, so that we can keep on supporting you too! :)

Have you thought about what you can do to save water this summer? PNCC is kicki...

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 01:47:28 +0000

Have you thought about what you can do to save water this summer? PNCC is kicking off their December - January ‘save our water’ campaign with a short film screening and talk, free water saving advice and the chance to go in the draw for an 800lt tank!

1. At the library on December 4th ‘The Monk, the Engineer and the Artificial Glacier’, followed by a talk on the challenges and solutions of managing water shortages in Ladakh, India.

2. Free home visit. The Eco design Advisor is available by appointment to visit people in their homes, provide advice and tips on becoming more water efficient and save money now and in the long term.

All residents taking advantage of Nelson’s home visit will receive a water saving kit and will go into a draw each week for a 800lt water tank. The council’s Eco Design Advisory Service is free to residents of Palmerston North. More at https://www.facebook.com/PNCity


Congratulations to the Oroua Catchment Care Group!

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:52:53 +0000

Congratulations to the Oroua Catchment Care Group!


Oroua River receives national award » Manawatū River Accord
www.manawaturiver.co.nz
The Horizons Region and the Oroua River were in the national spotlight last night, receiving a 2014 New Zealand River Award for the second most improved river in the country.

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:50:32 +0000

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Pit Park

Some more photos from yesterday's Milson Cubs, Scouts & Keas visit. These were sent to us by Hamish, who did a great job assisting with supervision of the younger workers & helping to clean up at the end of the activities. Thanks for sharing these Hamish, much appreciated.

Look what two of our member groups have been up to!

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:49:30 +0000

Look what two of our member groups have been up to!


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Thanks to @[431938810179717:274:Community Fruit Harvest Manawatu] I had the opportunity to help someone pick the grapefruit from their 40 year old tree and share it with others in Feilding yesterday. What a wonderful experience! - Vanessa :)

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:42:44 +0000


Nature Wants Her Carbon Back
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by Larry Kopald - Huffington Post, 17 November 2014 Source: By looking down, things are looking up. Here's a little known fact about climate change: According to NOAA, if we could magically cut all...

The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre has won a national sustainable business a...

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:25:11 +0000

The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre has won a national sustainable business award! Maybe this will inspire Palmerston North to up its game for waste recovery and drop-off centres!


Community – Innovation (2014) | NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards
www.sustainableawards.org.nz
The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre is located at what used to be a prison facility. It innovatively utilises buildings and land that have been vacant for more than 10 years.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:04:25 +0000


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17-11-14. Tag Oil say they will have no problem getting Council consents to drill fracking wells on the East Coast. This is part of the conversation and also the link is provided for more details. Please forward this to people from/living in the permit and surrounding areas as they may want to stop their councils turning the area into a gas field. From what Tag are saying, the deals are being done now. (Any update from frack free groups in the area-please post here-we support all effects toward a Frack Free NZ). "...update on the permitting process for Boar-Hill and drilling plants... permit 38349. Drew Cadenhead - COO Right, so that's the southernmost permit. The Boar- Hill 1 is not in the same permit as the Waitangi. So there we have a different set of district and regional councils. So as usual, we're set for a long haul of questions from them before they issue our drilling consent. And that's the process we're in with Boar-Hill right now. We have submitted our drilling program probably three or four months ago now. They bring in people because they're under equipped to look at these sorts of things. They bring in people from around the world. So look at them, they have come back with a number of questions. It's a back and forth process. We went through this exact process in Waitangi valley. We probably expect that to take a couple of more months before they finally get all the answers that they want and lay it out properly for us, which point they can issue our drilling consent. And so, we'll be looking into the 2015 fiscal year for sure at Boar-Hill as we have a pretty busy program with our rig in Taranaki, including the Cardiff-3 completion. The first part of the year, I'd suspect it's probably going to be in the second half of the calendar year before we get there, but the well side is built. It needs to be fixed up a little bit. Since we built it, it's been a while now, but we're pretty [indiscernible] waiting on consent from those district or regional councils. We don't expect any difficulty. It is very conservative over in the East Coast and they have to check a lot of boxes off and make sure everything is in line before we go." http://seekingalpha.com/article/2689915-tag-oils-taoif-ceo-garth-johnson-on-q2-2014-results-earnings-call-transcript?page=6

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:00:44 +0000

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Plant to Plate Aotearoa

Last session for the school year! The gardeners planted up herbs and radishes then created their Spud in a Bucket project. The cooks made Spanish Potato Tortilla, Carrot and Silverbeet Parcels, Pizza and Leek & Bacon Tart, followed by Lemon Slice with yoghurt and Fruit Smoothies. We were very busy. We had a great lot of volunteers, welcoming back Sayaka Hiroki and Alison Jefferies. 15-year-old Rebecca Grey, who was a Plant to Plate participant when she was at primary school, came today to help her little sister's class while she was on exam leave. She was an excellent worker!

Take a look at Councillor Teo-Sherrell's suggestion for a rail link! I (Sharon)...

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:57:52 +0000

Take a look at Councillor Teo-Sherrell's suggestion for a rail link! I (Sharon) think this is a great idea. My family would use it often, while we don't use the Capitol Connection at all. Whenever my husband has work in Wellington, he drives to Waikanae and catches the commuter train there; we both drive to Horowhenua for meetings; we've even driven to Waikanae just to satisfy my son's passion for train rides. In all these cases we'd rather take a train. I know we're not the only ones.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/63329877/Waikanae-rail-connection-proposed


Rail link to Waikanae proposed
www.stuff.co.nz
Palmerston North City councillor offers an alternative to saving the Capital Connection.

Foxton Save our River Trust organised boat tours recently on Piriharakeke, the F...

Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:43:58 +0000

Foxton Save our River Trust organised boat tours recently on Piriharakeke, the Foxton Loop, which they are working hard at restoring to its former state, to before the Manawatū river's main flow got diverted from there. Some ENM committee were there, and many of the public participated. It was a great day, witnessing their ongoing, inspiring efforts. https://www.facebook.com/FoxtonSaveOurRiverTrust


At the City Library, a NZ Ecological Society Public Lecture: “Science, Myths and...

Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:05:06 +0000

At the City Library, a NZ Ecological Society Public Lecture:
“Science, Myths and Gardening” on Monday 17 November, 7pm.
Speaker: Dr Ken Thompson, University of Sheffield, UK
Where: Central Library (Meeting space, Ground Floor), George Street, Palmerston North

Ken has had a varied academic career in the UK, at Durham, Plymouth and Sheffield Universities, eventually becoming senior lecturer in ecology. Ken has co-authored several books, some for scientists and many on gardening and ecology for the general public including Compost (2007),The book of weeds (2009), Do we need pandas?–the uncomfortable truth about biodiversity (2009), and Where do camels belong? The story and science of invasive species (2014).

Just a few spots left in RECAP's sustainable home and garden tour this weekend!

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:31:24 +0000

Just a few spots left in RECAP's sustainable home and garden tour this weekend!


Permaculture Home and Garden Tours, 15 November - Online registration now open | recap.org.nz
recap.org.nz
Submitted by RECAP admin on 1 March 2014 - 5:00am Visit three homes in the Ashhurst area that demonstrate a variety of ways you can build sustainability into your daily life, plus learn more about the principles behind the development of the Ashhurst Community Library Garden! On Saturday, 15 Novembe…

TPPA Protest today: A passionate, educated, well-meaning group of Manawatū citiz...

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 04:33:05 +0000

TPPA Protest today: A passionate, educated, well-meaning group of Manawatū citizens gathered in the Square today. Kaia Costanza van den Belt, a leader of PN Girls' High Enviro Group and 'youth rep' on the ENM committee, did a magnificent rap, and Rachel Keedwell spoke, as a Horizons councillor, of the environmental consequences of this agreement. Just some of the many folk in attendance in the midday sun!


On tonight (Thursday) at 8:00!

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:06:29 +0000

On tonight (Thursday) at 8:00!


Bidder 70 Film
www.bidder70film.com
A documentary film about Tim DeChristopher, the man who disrupted a 2008 BLM oil and gas lease auction.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:05:18 +0000

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Plant to Plate Aotearoa

AGM Thursday 30th October, 10am, at The Red Room, Hancock Community House, 77 King Street, Palmerston NorthIt would be great if you can attend :)

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:05:01 +0000


River Accord calls for community involvement » Manawatū River Accord
manawaturiver.co.nz
Applications are being sought for the next round of Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord community grants, with a focus on projects that engage the community in water quality restoration within the Manawatu Catchment.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:04:15 +0000


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Conservation Week kicks off on Saturday. Choose one of your local conservation hot spots to visit, share it using the tag #conservationweek and you'll be in to win some great spot prizes: http://ow.ly/DrjpY

A few more days to see some top quality films!

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:03:21 +0000

A few more days to see some top quality films!


Programme | Reel Earth
reelearth.org.nz
Check out the features and shorts that have inspired environmental action around New Zealand and the world for the past decade. Download the Reel Earth Spring Celebration Programme A5 Double Sided

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