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Info about a national tour with a local stop (Ashhurst) on 21 March!

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:21:33 +0000

Info about a national tour with a local stop (Ashhurst) on 21 March!


Changing the way we grow (and distribute) food
beyondorganicnztour.com
Join the #BONZTour to hear about productive, profitable, permaculture-inspired practices. Less work, more yield, more fun. Register today, limited spaces.

I was just on the PNCC web site and noticed this article, and I thought it would...

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:19:12 +0000

I was just on the PNCC web site and noticed this article, and I thought it would be topical for our network. One of the aspects that interests me is how the GIS-rationalised route also would minimise driving & idling time for the recyling trucks. --Sharon

http://www.pncc.govt.nz/news-events-and-culture/news/rubbish-and-recycling-route-change-takes-out-another-award/


Palmerston North - Rubbish and recycling route change takes out another award
www.pncc.govt.nz
Palmerston North City Council has scored another award for smart thinking that’s harnessed GIS technology to improve the city’s rubbish and recycling system.

Rethink the System in Palmerston North this week - there are a series of events...

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 21:05:29 +0000

Rethink the System in Palmerston North this week - there are a series of events with the Harre sisters on Friday 13th February, as part of their journey to inspire social change:

The Library Youth Space 11.30am-12.30pm - youth invitation, contact Deon Knox 06 351 4100

PSA Regional Office 2-3.30pm, 49 King Street - Community groups invitation, contact John Shennan 06 350 6300

Library Living Room 6-8.30pm - public invitation, contact Huatahi Nuku 06 351 4100


Rethink the System
www.rethinkthesystem.org
Hear about and get involved in Laila and Niki Harré's journey around the North Island of New Zealand - a journey to inspire and connect with social change.

Celebrate World Wetland Day and farewell the birds at the Manawatu Estuary, this...

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:37:38 +0000

Celebrate World Wetland Day and farewell the birds at the Manawatu Estuary, this Sunday, February 1st!

This is also the 10th anniversary of the Manawatu Estuary being accepted as a Ramsar Site! Come along to Foxton Beach to see what birds are there in their breeding plumage. The Ornithological Society of NZ will have their telescopes to give everyone a close up view of several different species of birds. Hear about the ecological features which make the estuary so special.

Meet by the tall pine trees at the Holben Reserve near the Foxton Beach Motor Camp at 10.30am.

You are also invited to bring your picnic lunch and to have an afternoon walk around the estuary with MET members for a beach clean-up around the dunes of the estuary. If you are in doubt about the weather, or have any other queries, contact Joan Leckie, telephone 06 3681277.

Gathering about the community impact of oil and gas drilling in Taranaki ECO, C...

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:51:55 +0000

Gathering about the community impact of oil and gas drilling in Taranaki

ECO, Climate Justice Taranaki and the Sustainable Whanganui Trust are running a three day regional gathering that will look into community issues with fossil fuels and climate change and the impact of oil and gas drilling in Taranaki.

More info and registration details at link below

https://climatejusticetaranaki.wordpress.com/taranaki-eco-regional-gathering/


Taranaki ECO Regional Gathering
climatejusticetaranaki.wordpress.com
Taranaki’s Beauty and the Beast - Community issues with Fossil Fuels and Climate Change WHEN: Friday 30th January to Sunday 1st February 2015 WHERE: Muru Raupatu Marae, Te Arei Road West, Bell Bloc...

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Pit Park

Helping hand needed...could any of you who are able to do so please share our event notice sent out on 23rd January for the World Wetland Day Celebrations at Edwards Pit Park.The event happens on February 1st & starts at 10am, runs until 2pm, is free & will be a lot of fun.

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
seedfreedom.info
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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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!

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