No New Clothes Challenge
Oct
15
to Jan 15

No New Clothes Challenge

CollAction and Fashion for Good recently did an amazing challenge...
2625 people
3 months
no new clothes

The results were mind-blowing:
-they saved 90 million litres of water
-decreased carbon emissions by 360 thousand kilograms
-and collectively DID NOT purchase over 30 000 items of new clothing ( imagine the personal $ saving there alone)

So, following their amazing example, we are doing it again.
our aim is to get 100 000 people across the globe to join us from 15 October - 15th January. NO NEW CLOTHES - unless they are organic or recycled. We have also put together a world-wide directory of sustainable fashion businesses to shop at instead. Visit www.goodfashion.guru (going live 15th October)

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Tour the Resource Recovery Facility
Dec
11
10:30 AM10:30

Tour the Resource Recovery Facility

Ever wanted to see what happens to your recycling after your big yellow bin gets emptied? ♻️ We’ve got a free tour of our recycling plant.

Bookings open from Monday 19th November for the following tour dates and times:

Tuesday 4th December 10.30am – 11.30am

Tuesday 11th December 10.30am – 11.30am

Email harriet.lockingham@npdc.govt.nz or call us on 06-759 6060 if you’re interested. 👍

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EMR Community Snorkel Day
Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

EMR Community Snorkel Day

Come along to Experience Marine Reserves Ngamotu Beach Community Guided Snorkel Day!

Experience the amazing underwater life at Ngamotu Beach - if you look carefully you might see - sea cucumbers, starfish, sea anemone, variety of fish and so much more!!!

Free fun for the whole family (koha welcome), come and learn how to snorkel - NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! We have all the gear you need just bring your togs, towel and drink/food. There will also be information displays by Nga Motu Marine Reserves Society, including their Finding Little Blue Penguin Project.

Big thanks to our supporters, sponsors and volunteers who make this day possible including; Port Taranaki, DOCF funding, Wild for Taranaki, DOC, Oceans Alive NZ.

In case of bad weather or poor water visibility the postponement date is Saturday 22nd December - keep an eye on this event where we will post postponement information the Thursday beforehand. 

If you would like to volunteer as a snorkel guide or would like more information please contact EMR Taranaki Regional Coordinator: elvisa@emr.org.nz

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Bell Block Crop Swap
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Bell Block Crop Swap

  • 132 Parklands Avenue bell block new zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come along to the new Bell Block Crop Swap.
Swapping at 2:30pm $2 koha for the Hall Hire.


Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 2pm at the Fred Tucker Hall, 132 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block


What we do
Mother Nature is abundant and when we share her gifts we all thrive. Crop Swap Bell Block brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food on a regular basis.

We come together with a mindset of abundance, give with generosity and take mindfully. We understand that we as individuals are only then truly well when everyone's needs are met. We are open and inclusive and support people in finding their gifts. We are building a multigenerational network of gardeners to support local food production, preserving gardening knowledge and enjoy each other's company.

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Tour the Resource Recovery Facility
Dec
4
10:30 AM10:30

Tour the Resource Recovery Facility

Ever wanted to see what happens to your recycling after your big yellow bin gets emptied? ♻️ We’ve got a free tour of our recycling plant.

Bookings open from Monday 19th November for the following tour dates and times:

Tuesday 4th December 10.30am – 11.30am

Tuesday 11th December 10.30am – 11.30am

Email harriet.lockingham@npdc.govt.nz or call us on 06-759 6060 if you’re interested. 👍

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Sewing Bee in Hawera
Dec
4
10:00 AM10:00

Sewing Bee in Hawera

Help keep Taranaki plastic bag free!

Location: Hawera Library

Come along to a sewing bee to help make reusable bags. These Boomerang Bags are a Taranaki Enviroschools initiative that we are getting out into the community for free in the hope to reduce peoples dependence on single use plastic bags.

Don't sew?? Don't worry, there's all sorts of jobs required like cutting & ironing. You could even learn to sew.

Do you have materials to donate? Bring them along on the day & we can make magic with them.

BYO sewing machine & scissors if you want to.

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Companion Planting & Natural Pest Management
Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

Companion Planting & Natural Pest Management

Spring time planting is here! Discover how your flowers, herbs and vegetables can work together, with Amanda Kendrick from Shamjo Gardens, to give you a productive garden by encouraging beneficial insects, repelling pests and improving your soil quality and fertility. Prepare your own homemade natural insecticide to take home to use and a seedling to get you started.

Cost: $35

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Taranaki Tourism Start Up Weekend
Nov
23
to Nov 25

Taranaki Tourism Start Up Weekend

  • manifold coworking space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A picture-perfect mountain, beautiful beaches, rich history and heritage, vibrant art scene, local produce markets, world-famous festivals, a perfect combination of culture and nature. All year round, Taranaki has it all. We know it because we live here, but we want to bring the rest of the world here so they can experience it too. With $400M in international and domestic visitor expenditure last year, Tourism is a fast-growing industry in the region with strong, and very real, opportunities for local businesses to develop products and services around. In this Startup Weekend edition, we encourage you to share your knowledge and skills to build products and launch startup businesses that enhance the way people explore, discover and experience Taranaki.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that every year brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all fields to share ideas & skills, form teams, build products and launch startup businesses. This year, we are bringing the first-ever Tourism themed Startup Weekend to Taranaki.

Startup Weekend events follow the same format: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea for a product or business. Feedback is received from fellow attendees and the top ideas are determined by popular vote. Teams are formed around the ideas attendees want to develop. Each team embarks on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, design and market validation, supported by business and startup mentors. The weekend culminates with presentations by each team in front of a judging panel of local entrepreneur leaders who provide critical feedback and pick a winning startup.

By joining a Startup Weekend, you'll grow your ideas, skills and knowledge, gaining invaluable experience.

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Trashformers Beach Clean Up
Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

Trashformers Beach Clean Up

Trashformers is a group of youth who are using old plastics to make something new. Come along and help us collect beach plastics to help our environment and help us gather material for our project. 

What to bring: gloves and bucket. 

If the weather is heavy rain event will be postponed. 

We will be using HDPE #2 plastics to compare newer and degraded (beach clean up) plastics durability.

If you have any #2 recycling at home bring it along for Trashformers to use. This might include bottle lids, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles, anything with the recycling symbol with 2 in the middle.

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Bell Block Crop Swap
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Bell Block Crop Swap

  • 132 Parklands Avenue bell block new zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come along to the new Bell Block Crop Swap.
Swapping at 2:30pm $2 koha for the Hall Hire.


Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 2pm at the Fred Tucker Hall, 132 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block


What we do
Mother Nature is abundant and when we share her gifts we all thrive. Crop Swap Bell Block brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food on a regular basis.

We come together with a mindset of abundance, give with generosity and take mindfully. We understand that we as individuals are only then truly well when everyone's needs are met. We are open and inclusive and support people in finding their gifts. We are building a multigenerational network of gardeners to support local food production, preserving gardening knowledge and enjoy each other's company.

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Weave Your Own Kete
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Weave Your Own Kete

I have over 20 years experience with harakeke and a Diploma in Maori Art. I love meeting new people and teaching them how to weave Kete. I enjoy sharing all the tips and techniques that I have learnt that will will you to create your own kete or a gift to give to someone special this Christmas.
Weave a Shopping Bag $60 per person.
Weave a Kete or a Back Pack $100 per person.
Please pay to Karen Clark TSB 153945 0445141 10
Use your name for the reference.
Phone/Text to register or for more information 0226482713

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Herbal Medicine Making Workshop
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Herbal Medicine Making Workshop

Spring is an abundant time in the garden for many of our nutritive and cleansing herbs. Have fun learning how to identify herbs and make remedies for your herbal medicine cabinet in this practical workshop. Forage in the forest garden and make healing remedies to support detoxification and reduce spring allergies, first aid treatments and a herbal cream to relieve rashes, bites and itching.

- Make your own natural remedies for your herbal medicine
cabinet in this practical full day workshop
- Forage and identify herbs in our forest garden
- Make fresh herbal juices
- Create a soothing cream for rashes and bites
- Make your own detoxifying, anti-allergy spring remedy
- Make fresh plant remedies to treat first aid conditions
- Enjoy delicious herbal drinks and tasty herbal snacks while
you learn the skills to make your own potent herbal medicines

Provided:
- Afternoon tea and drinks
- Healing food samples

Take home:
- A fresh plant cream
- Fresh plant herbal remedy

Date: Saturday 17th November 2018
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: Omata, New Plymouth

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Food Forest Planning & Planting
Nov
17
to Nov 18

Food Forest Planning & Planting

  • Westown new plymouth New zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how food forests work with Dee Turner.

How they can be designed, planned and maintained, and the sort of plants that can be put into them to make the food forest look after itself after a few years and give you very little work for a lot of return in food nutrition. 

2 day weekend course – Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.  Places are limited to 15. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.

–   Practical and theory sessions based at Korito Education in Westown, New Plymouth which has a fledgling food forest.

–   To book a place on the course, contact: Dee Turner: 0211252035 or derinatur@hotmail.com

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Ngati Tara Oaonui Sandy Bay - Plant Pest Removal
Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Ngati Tara Oaonui Sandy Bay - Plant Pest Removal

  • Tai Road Opunake, Taranaki, 4681 New Zealand (map)
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Are you in the Opunake Area? Do you enjoy the sand dunes, seeing the dottrels? Would you like to be part of helping this amazing local community group - Ngati Tara Oaonui Sandy Bay Society.
If so, come along Thursday 15 November.
Meet at 10am, on Tai Road, Opunake, at the pedestrian entrance to Sandy Bay.
Bring gardening gloves and appropriate dress.
If you can spare a few hours, or half an hour, all help greatly appreciated.
Why weed? 
Its important to ensure that the plants, planted have a good chance of survival, so the weeds need to be removed from around the plants - releasing the plants from the weeds. The plants in this area have been planted for dune stabilisation and to provide habitat for native animals.

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Sourdough Success
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Sourdough Success

Baking your own delicious sourdough bread at home is easy with a good process and a few tricks and hints. I will guide you through the steps and lead you to success. We will work in my bakery, get to know the basic tools and ingredients, care for the starter, mix and shape the dough and learn how to get a fabulous result when baking in your own home oven. While sampling fresh bread, honey and home made drinks there will be plenty of time to ask questions. You will go home with a bread recipe, a sourdough starter, a bread loaf ready to be baked the next day and lots of new knowledge. This will be a small class for up to six participants. To secure a space please send me a message and pay in advance.

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How to Grow a Vege Garden
Nov
11
9:00 AM09:00

How to Grow a Vege Garden

In need of some help to get you started, or to boost your confidence in growing your own vegetables and herbs? Dee Turner will show you how to use free and cheap materials to build a garden bed and a mini greenhouse. Learn seed sowing tips and how to plant out seedlings for a great harvest. You'll also get some seedlings to get you started at home.

Cost: $25

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Beach Clean Up
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Beach Clean Up

Come along to help keep our environment clean and oceans healthy! 🌊💚 Bring along some gloves and bags/buckets, but these can be supplied. A great opportunity for families to teach their kids about the importance of giving back to the environment and community 🌱♻️ See you all there 👋

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Taranaki Timebank Speed Dating
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Taranaki Timebank Speed Dating

  • 21 Dawson Street New plymouth new zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Speed Meeting is a great opportunity for Timebankers to meet each other, we want to give you the chance to meet the people you may trade with.

Attendees are paired with each person attending the session for 3-5 minutes and discuss basic personal information.
At the end of the 3-5 minutes, the people move to the next participant and meet someome new!

Next session: 31st October 2018, 7pm-8pm at The TSB Community Trust - 21 Dawson Street, New Plymouth

To sign up, please RSVP on our website or click on "Going".

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New Plymouth Spring Clothes Swap
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

New Plymouth Spring Clothes Swap

We're back!

For those of you new to the Swap, welcome. For all of our returning Swappers, please have a read of the details below as some information has changed.

ARRIVAL DETAILS:
Arrive anytime between 11am-1pm. The earlier the better as the clothing goes off the racks quickly.

DROP OFF:
We're excited to announce that you have the option to drop off your clothes the evening before the event - Friday, October 26th from 6-8pm at the Senior Citizens Hall. We will have a number of our event organisers there to take your Swap items and we'll pop your name on the "pre-drop off" list.

Alternatively, if you know any of the event organisers personally, we will be happy to take your bag from you in the days before, if you can't make it on Friday night. Otherwise, we are accepting drop-offs from 10:00am on the day of the event.

We encourage everyone to drop off Swap items early, as this will allow everyone the opportunity to view a large variety of clothing when the Swap event begins.


YOUR BAG(S) OF SWAP ITEMS:
Please provide at least one bag of GOOD QUALITY clothes that you're ready to pass on to someone else. This can be mens, womens, childrens, accessories and shoes (Please note, no used underwear, other than bras for donation to upliftbras.org). Be sure all items are in good condition, clean and without rips (unless designer!), stains or smells. We are more interested in Quality than Quantity.


DONATIONS:
We will be collecting gently used bras, and new underwear to donate to Uplift Bras. If you wish to contribute items for this, bring them along with you! Thanks!


FEE:
Pay your $5 entry fee (to cover venue hire) on the day. Please remember it's cash only. This is a not-for-profit community-driven event, with a reuse/reduce/recycle philosophy.


HOW DOES IT WORK? :
While your clothes get sorted into categories like "ladies short-sleeved tops", "dresses" or "mens pants" you can start perusing the clothes that have already been sorted. They will be arranged on display tables and racks.

You can browse through the clothing items and accessories to select the items you wish to take home with you. We'll have a communal changing room set up so that you can try clothes on if you wish.

As each person arrives, their clothes will be sorted (if you haven't already dropped off the night before or earlier the morning of) and put out on the display tables and clothing racks.

Our volunteers will be adding clothes as each new batch of contributions arrives. A wide range of attendees ensures that we'll have a wide range of styles and sizes so bring your friends!

You can stay for the full event, enjoy some free nibbles, or you might find an hour is plenty of time for you to find some great items. You will get a hand stamp so are welcome to come and go during the event.

When 1pm rolls around, people will go home with new-to-them clothes and hopefully, everyone feels like they got their $5 worth :)

From there, our lovely volunteers will pack up all leftover items and they will be donated to a local charity.

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Garden Fesitival Bike Tour
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Garden Fesitival Bike Tour

Bring your bike and join us for a bike tour around the Powerco Garden Festival and the Sustainable Backyards Trail!

The family of Benelli Ebikes in New Plymouth thought it would be a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather, bike around the gardens and give people an opportunity to trial our Benelli Ebike range in action.

Gardens that we will be visiting include:
1 - Holyoake Garden
2 - Hirst Cottage
3 - The Bublitz Garden
7 - Villa Bumblebee
8 - Eco Grans Delight

We will be spending approx 20mins at each garden and riding for approx 1 hour.

Meet at the East end bridge by the Te Henui walkway at 9:00am and will finish back here at 12:30pm. You are welcome to join us for lunch after at Petit Plage container at East End.

The tour will involve hills but this will give people the opportunity to trial out some of our Ebikes and maximise the speeds!

Please bring:
- a bike
- water and snacks
- 3 x $5 tickets to the powerco gardens (these can be pre purchased)
- 2 x cold coin donations for the Sustainable Backyards

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Celebrating Sustainable Living
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrating Sustainable Living

We are celebrating the start of the Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail 2018 by bringing together a group of talented women from The Growers & Producers Collective – North Taranaki.

10.30am-noon Rae Tissott will be demonstrating the art of making soap in its purest form; Throughout the day... Karen Clark will be weaving harakeke, Kath Jennings will be spinning her wool and exhibiting her finely crafted harakeke insects. Jan Brown will be exhibiting and selling her beautiful retro silk purses, Julia Sherry will have her driftwood macramé hangings on display. Sally Wise talks All Things Saffron and will be selling her saffron corms. Gaewyn Temple-Cox is a cheese maker and makes spectacular goats cheese. Maria Lempriere, host, will be taking garden tours and talking about living off the grid on their 100% solar powered lifestyle block.

And to finish the day from 5-7pm, join us for a Rustic Garden to Table Wine & Cheese Sampling Affair (see ticketed event).

Peihana Farm is #20 on the Sustainable Backyards Trail Map and is the most northern property on the Trail. The gates will open at 10am which gives you time to wander around the garden and have a cuppa and a natter before Rae Tissott’s soap making demonstration which starts at 10.30am.

Refreshments, produce, plants, art and craft will be available for purchase throughout the day. Eftpos available.

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Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail 2018
Oct
26
to Nov 4

Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail 2018

The Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail celebrates local efforts in sustainability and inspires everyday people in the community to make lifestyle changes in order to live more sustainable lives. The Trail involves individuals, families and community organisations generously opening their ‘backyards' to the public to inspire us with their creativity, innovation and dedication to living a more sustainable lifestyle.

From solar panels and eco-homes to bio-intensive vegetable production and bees, the Trail offers a wide range of examples of what everyday people can to do reduce their impact on the environment and get involved in their community. The Sustainable Backyards Trail is more than just about viewing gardens - it's about sharing knowledge, ideas and inspiration. It’s also an opportunity for you to connect with people in the community who are enthusiastic about growing their own food, looking after the land, saving money and sharing resources,

Collectively, they contribute to a more resilient Taranaki, New Zealand and world. As part of the Trail programme, we ask local enthusiasts and experts to share their knowledge via talks and demonstrations on various topics around sustainability. We hope you will be inspired to join local community initiatives, engage in educational opportunities and take action yourself - change starts in your backyard!

Visit www.sustainabletaranaki.org.nz/sustainable-backyards-taranaki/ for more information

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Bell Block Crop Swap. Official Opening
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Bell Block Crop Swap. Official Opening

  • 132 Parklands Avenue bell block new zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come along to the very first 'Bell Block' Crop Swap.
Swapping at 2:30pm $2 koha for the Hall Hire.

What we do
Mother Nature is abundant and when we share her gifts we all thrive. Crop Swap Bell Block brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food on a regular basis.

We come together with a mindset of abundance, give with generosity and take mindfully. We understand that we as individuals are only then truly well when everyone's needs are met. We are open and inclusive and support people in finding their gifts. We are building a multigenerational network of gardeners to support local food production, preserving gardening knowledge and enjoy each other's company.

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