Community Tree Planting Day
Aug
21
3:30 PM15:30

Community Tree Planting Day

The GSNZ team has been having a ball developing a magical campus for the school's opening in February 2020. As part of that, we have planted more than 14,000 trees on site. But we still have more to plant!! We would love you to join us at one of our community planting days for some work and play! Plant a tree or 20 and become part of the Green School legacy! :)


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Exploring Soil Health
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

Exploring Soil Health

Gavin Robertson is the Lower North Island Field Consultant for AgriSea NZ. AgriSea NZ have been brewing quality products since 1996 and are an award winning, sustainable, family owned and managed New Zealand Company that specialise in the manufacture of macro-algae concentrates and bioactive extractions to add high value nutrition for soil, plant, animal and human health.

Soil health is becoming crucial in the chain of producing quality food. At this workshop you will learn about the indicators to look for in a visual soil and pasture analysis. The visual analysis will include using plants as visual indicators of nutrient excess (or deficit) along with a biology dig (so bring your gumboots!). Gavin will show you how to read and analyse your soil tests (so bring your soil test analysis if you have one),

Gavin will also talk about how to activate and stimulate the soil ecosystem and teach us about plant nutrient cycling and how nature will help with this process.

This informative workshop includes a hearty afternoon tea and a brief tour of Peihana Farm where Maria Lempriere will talk about some of the eco-features that support their off grid solar powered lifestyle property.

Cost per person is $30pp. Numbers are limited so book now! For enquiries and bookings please contact Maria on 027 232 5554 or via FB messenger

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Make Your Own Live Rabbit Trap
Aug
25
10:30 AM10:30

Make Your Own Live Rabbit Trap

  • 465 Ohanga Road Onaero, Taranaki, 4383 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Catch those adorable little bunnies alive with these very effective live traps. Safe and easy to set, these traps fulfil that childhood desire to catch and pet those beautiful, wild animals in a humane way.
Children learn valuable timber working skills as we use standard milled planks to make these traps. Measuring, squaring, and using a handsaw to cut straight, drilling pilot holes and driving nails wells, these skills are now a rare thing in childhood. The ingenious trigger and latch will have them setting and triggering the trap endlessly before heading out on a trap-setting expedition.

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Huatoki Crop Swap
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Huatoki Crop Swap

The Huatoki Crop Swap takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We meet at the Huatoki Tennis Club 141 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth. Goods can be set up from 3pm and swapping begins at 3.30pm. Come and share in the abundance! All welcome

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New Plymouth 'Waste Free Parenting' Workshop
Aug
29
9:30 AM09:30

New Plymouth 'Waste Free Parenting' Workshop

Attend my longest-running and most popular workshop to become inspired and entertained about ways you can minimize waste in your home whilst babies are around!

What else? You will receive a free pack full of waste minimization products, including a couple of cloth nappies to have a go at!

Did you know… That each baby goes through approximately 5500 nappy changes throughout their childhood? That’s a lot of single-use items being thrown out across New Zealand!

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New Plymouth 'Foodlovers Masterclass'
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

New Plymouth 'Foodlovers Masterclass'

Is your fridge bursting at the seams? Are you filling your compost bin quickly? Are your chickens fat? Perhaps you are wasting food…

At this educational masterclass, learn lots about what Kiwi’s waste and how we can save money. Plus, lots of other interesting topics like the difference between “Use by” and “Best before” dates, and how much of what we throw out can be composted, or frozen for another day!

What else? You will also receive a free pack full of food waste minimization products!

This workshop is suitable for all households, flats, ages and stages. In fact, everybody should attend!

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Rotokare By Night - Night Tours
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Rotokare By Night - Night Tours

This winter, explore our native forests after sundown with Rotokare Night Tours! Meet beady-eyed moreporks, hear scuttling wēta on the forest floor, discover hidden treasures in our glow worm hideouts, smell kiwi poop upon the air, and spotlight for tuna (eels) and banded kōkopu in our meandering streams.

This event is hosted by Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust and Wild For Taranaki. Tours take place at Rotokare from 6pm - 9pm. Ticket costs are $10 per adult / $5 per child, payable online or in cash. For bookings, contact Rotokare at :
Ph: 06 764 8500
Email: contact@rotokare.org.nz OR educator@rotokare.org.nz

Six tours have been scheduled this season. Limited spots available for each tour, so book NOW!

Friday 5th July - Available
Wednesday 17th July - Available
Friday 26th July - Available
Friday 16th August - Available
Friday 30th August - Available
Friday 20th September - Available

NB: Postponement dates for each tour would be the same day in the following week.

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Hawera 'Foodlovers Masterclass'
Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Hawera 'Foodlovers Masterclass'

Is your fridge bursting at the seams? Are you filling your compost bin quickly? Are your chickens fat? Perhaps you are wasting food…

At this educational masterclass, learn lots about what Kiwi’s waste and how we can save money. Plus, lots of other interesting topics like the difference between “Use by” and “Best before” dates, and how much of what we throw out can be composted, or frozen for another day!

What else? You will also receive a free pack full of food waste minimization products!

This workshop is suitable for all households, flats, ages and stages. In fact, everybody should attend!

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Kiwi Adversion Training
Aug
31
8:30 AM08:30

Kiwi Adversion Training

  • Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve, New Plymouth R (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you own dogs that hunt, live or work in areas where kiwi may reside?
Kiwi aversion training will teach your dog to avoid them if encountered. Training consists of your dog being taken through a course which includes stuffed kiwi, dead kiwi and nesting material to help trigger the dog’s senses.

An electric collar is worn by the dog and is activated when deemed appropriate to create a negative response when interest in the kiwi is shown. The level of shock is minimal and applied by a professional.
Participants MUST register by contacting the DOC New Plymouth Office. In case of postponement, those registered will be notified.
Please contact DOC New Plymouth Office to register your dog and for more information – 06 759 0350

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WAS INITIALLY PLANNED FOR 24th AUGUST. IT HAS BEEN MOVED TO 31st AUGUST

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Fermented foods, with Ruth Cohen
Aug
31
9:30 AM09:30

Fermented foods, with Ruth Cohen

Savour and save the variety of veggies that your garden produces through fermentation. Sauerkraut your cabbage, chuck your chilies, carrots & cabbage in kimchi, and pickle your peppers. Learn the process of fermentation, the equipment needed and health & safety processes required while enjoying a hands-on experience. Take home a jar of fermented food you make yourself.

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Waitoriki & Inglewood Crop Swap
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Waitoriki & Inglewood Crop Swap

The Crop Swap one to celebrate, we have been crop swapping at Waitoriki Hall for 5 years. To celebrate there will be a morning tea after the swapping, please bring a plate if you would like to stay and talk to the friends we have all made through Crop Swap. And as a reminder of what Crop Swap means, here are a few thoughts...

Give generously, take mindfully
Bring surplus from your garden, and home crafts are welcomed too.
Welcome and support one another
Take your time and keep others in mind.

And thank you Crop Swappers for your generous koha that keeps Waitoriki Hall alive, you are all amazing


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Hawera 'Waste Free Parenting' Workshop
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Hawera 'Waste Free Parenting' Workshop

Attend my longest-running and most popular workshop to become inspired and entertained about ways you can minimize waste in your home whilst babies are around!

What else? You will receive a free pack full of waste minimization products, including a couple of cloth nappies to have a go at!

Did you know… That each baby goes through approximately 5500 nappy changes throughout their childhood? That’s a lot of single-use items being thrown out across New Zealand!

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New Plymouth Cohousing Information Session
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

New Plymouth Cohousing Information Session

Come and find out about New Plymouth Cohousing Community and how you can join us.

The New Plymouth Cohousing Community is ready to open membership to new members! We warmly invite you to join us for an information session in the Level One Community Lounge, near the cafe in Puke Ariki library on Sunday 1 September, 3.00 - 4.30pm We will introduce ourselves and the project, explain how you can join us, and answer any questions that may help you decide if you want to become a member. This event is limited to 20 people to suit the size of the event space, so please register your attendance to receive your free ticket. We look forward to meeting you! For more, or to contact us, please visit our website or our Facebook page.

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Hawera Timebank Orientation Meeting
Sep
4
9:30 AM09:30

Hawera Timebank Orientation Meeting

Nau mai, haere mai.

Come along and learn about Taranaki TimeBank and how to start trading time instead of dollars in our community.

Orientation meetings are to help new members on board, answer questions, inspire ideas, and gather our Timebanking Community.

New and old members always welcome. All ages welcome!
Bring your ideas and questions.

Note we have TWO meetings on offer in Hāwera every first Wednesday of the month.
9:30 am at Caffeinate Hāwera, 152 High Street and
5:30 pm at Te Korowai o Ngāruahine, 147 High Street. This evening meeting includes a Speed Meet at 6:30 pm for all members to get to know each other and create trades.

Come to either orientation meeting and earn a 1 hour time credit for attending.
All enquiries to Patina Edwards, Hāwera Timebank Coordinator (021) 278-1246 or ttb.south@gmail.com

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Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach
Sep
4
5:30 PM17:30

Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

Puke Ariki, Taranaki Timebank and Sustainable Taranaki are pleased to host The Rubbish Trip's popular presentation on zero waste living in New Plymouth!

Join Hannah and Liam, the Two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip, for an introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Drawing on their own research and over four years of experience living zero waste, Hannah and Liam will guide you through the whys and the hows of life without a rubbish bin, including:

- What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?

- How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.

- Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.

- Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).

This event is free; everyone is welcome. Free zero waste nibbles will be provided.

This talk is part of The Rubbish Trip's travelling project, taking the zero waste message around Aotearoa New Zealand. Follow them on Facebook for updates and upcoming events around the country!

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Taranaki TimeBank Orientation Meeting
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Taranaki TimeBank Orientation Meeting

Our Orientation meetings are to assist onboarding new members, answer questions, inspire ideas, and gather our Timebanking community.

Timebank gives you an hour for attending! So you can start your journey with time⏱️ in your account.

New and old members always welcome!
Bring your ideas 💡and questions🤔 and get ready to learn how to trade!

Email timebank@taranaki.gen.nz to RSVP or visit our website at www.taranakitimebank.nz

Thank you!

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Beekeeping Course
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Beekeeping Course

Want to learn the Art & science of beekeeping?
Develop a business opportunity with bees?
You can learn all the skills required for successful apiculture and assist pollination of fruit and crops for the survival of New Zealand agriculture industry. If you have ever wanted to have your own beehive or want to work in the apiculture industry, sign up to this course.

I am a beekeeper of 35 years and have my apiaries at Weld Road Tataraimaka producing honey, queen bees and nucs.
Many come to the course with little or no experience with bees and have ended up with the confidence to get into it in a semi commercial way or just for themselves.

There is lots of practical work in the apiary, students become confident managing a beehive, assemble their own hive (provided as part of the course) then manage it through the season to harvest some delicious honey, (amount depends on the season).

Field trips and visits to working apiaries and honey extraction plants are planned later in the course and students sit the (external) American foulbrood (AFB) test to be able to recognise and manage bee diseases.


If you would like to secure your place on the course email me your physical address so I can mail out an enrolment form to you. Places are limited and usually fill up fast.
keithplummer365@gmail.com

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Coiled Basket workshop
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Coiled Basket workshop

An opportunity to create a wonderful piece of functional art from collected items from the garden. Instructed by Maree Karam. Bring your own lunch. Teas and coffee provided. All materials provided. Space must be booked and paid for prior to the event.



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Permaculture Design Certificate
Sep
7
to 12 Apr

Permaculture Design Certificate

The Taranaki Permaculture Design Certificate is 13 days over an 8 month period. Learning is through a mixture of lessons, activities, and hands-on projects to enhance learning and have fun...

Topics include ecology, landscapes, water, climate change, food production, forestry, farming, urban living, building, resilience, nutrition, energy, technology, community and financial structures.

During the final weekend, participants apply their skills and knowledge to a design project of their choice.

Kama Burwell is the lead tutor for the course. She is a professional permaculture designer and ecological engineer, has over 15 years experience as an educator, and is a Permaculture in NZ affiliated teacher.

Costs: $95 per day for people doing the Certificate. $135 per day for people doing the occasional day.

A scholarship is available for a person who would be genuinely unable to participate otherwise.

For the full course information, contact Kama at kamaburwell@gmail.com, 022 08 161 50, or message through facebook.

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Community Tree Planting Day
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Community Tree Planting Day

The GSNZ team has been having a ball developing a magical campus for the school's opening in February 2020. As part of that, we have planted more than 14,000 trees on site. But we still have more to plant!! We would love you to join us at one of our community planting days for some work and play! Plant a tree or 20 and become part of the Green School legacy! :)


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Huatoki Crop Swap
Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

Huatoki Crop Swap

The Huatoki Crop Swap takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We meet at the Huatoki Tennis Club 141 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth. Goods can be set up from 3pm and swapping begins at 3.30pm. Come and share in the abundance! All welcome

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3rd Annual Legends of Conservation Adventure Race
Sep
14
9:45 AM09:45

3rd Annual Legends of Conservation Adventure Race

Gather the family and get involved in this fun filled adventure race at Pukeiti. As well as experiencing the stunning garden and rainforest tracks at Pukeiti, this is a great way to participate in Conservation Week 2019 and meet local conservation legends. There's also some great prizes up for grabs!
This event is best suited for primary and intermediate aged children, however anyone is welcome to participate. More information and registration* details can be found here: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2019/3rd-annual-legends-of-conservation-adventure-race/new-plymouth
*You MUST register for this event.
This event is bought to you by DOC in partnership with Taranaki Regional Council.

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Cheesemaking (French Farmhouse 'Tomme') with Cathy Lang
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Cheesemaking (French Farmhouse 'Tomme') with Cathy Lang

NTRODUCING CATHY LANG - NEW ZEALAND CHEESE MAKER

After a career spanning almost 25 years in animal health. Cathy developed an interest in cheese making as a hobby before going on to develop her own small business as an artisan cheese maker. As demand for her specialty cheeses grew, Cathy made the decision to become a full-time cheese maker for her company Cloudy Mountain Cheese (Pirongia).

Over the span of 7 years Cathy produced a variety of national and international award-winning specialty cheeses at Cloudy Mountain Cheese, before taking up an opportunity to move to a specialised role as a Cheese Technologist for Fonterra, as Lead Cheese Maker. This is a role that entails developing new products, problem solving and training cheese makers.

Cathy’s cheese making has been a continuous journey of discovery, it has taken her to many interesting places and she is always excited to meet and work with passionate people who are as mad about cheese, as she is.

Cathy will demonstrate how to make a Tomme which is a simple French farmhouse firm cheese along with a quick fresh style cheese that we will be able to consume during the day. Learn about cultures, rennet and the equipment required to make your own cheese at home.

For those interested, Maria invites you to take a stroll around Peihana Farm, an off-grid solar powered property and check out some of their essential eco-garden elements and learn about their plans for the property.

The cost is $80pp and this includes handouts and recipes, refreshments, home baked breads and crackers to accompany a range of cheeses and seasonal garden to table preserves, condiments and side dishes. Book now as numbers are limited. Contact Maria Lempriere 027 232 5554 for all enquiries.

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Urenui Crop Swap
Sep
14
10:30 PM22:30

Urenui Crop Swap

The Huatoki Crop Swap takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We meet at the Huatoki Tennis Club 141 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth. Goods can be set up from 3pm and swapping begins at 3.30pm. Come and share in the abundance! All welcome

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Urenui Crop Swap
Sep
14
10:30 PM22:30

Urenui Crop Swap

The Huatoki Crop Swap takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We meet at the Huatoki Tennis Club 141 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth. Goods can be set up from 3pm and swapping begins at 3.30pm. Come and share in the abundance! All welcome

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Conservation Week Volunteer Open Day
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Conservation Week Volunteer Open Day

Get your hands dirty to make a real difference to our native wildlife this Conservation Week. Join us at Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Taranaki's only pest-free sanctuary, for the Volunteer Open Day, where families and friends gather to work together to preserve the bush for our wonderful plants and animals, and help our community access and appreciate these unique surroundings. Free lunch and friendly banter a guarantee!

Please bring; sturdy footwear, a small backpack with drinks and snacks and your best Sunday smile! We have a variety of tasks to suit any age and ability level. Children (<16 years) must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Make Your Own Stilts &amp; Ladders
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Make Your Own Stilts & Ladders

  • 465 Ohanga Road Onaero, Taranaki, 4383 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Stride the backyard, peer over fences, pick high fruit or climb up to the treehouse with these essential tools of childhood. This new and unique workshop teaches children about using the freely available resources around them to make the things they need. Using common bamboo with a few clever tricks for joining foot pegs or rungs this workshop lays the foundation for many future projects as participants learn to cut, split, and utilise the amazing properties of bamboo. Using mainly the handsaw, rasp and drill this project teaches useful practical skills that children will carry with them for life.


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Rotokare By Night - Night Tours
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Rotokare By Night - Night Tours

This winter, explore our native forests after sundown with Rotokare Night Tours! Meet beady-eyed moreporks, hear scuttling wēta on the forest floor, discover hidden treasures in our glow worm hideouts, smell kiwi poop upon the air, and spotlight for tuna (eels) and banded kōkopu in our meandering streams.

This event is hosted by Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust and Wild For Taranaki. Tours take place at Rotokare from 6pm - 9pm. Ticket costs are $10 per adult / $5 per child, payable online or in cash. For bookings, contact Rotokare at :
Ph: 06 764 8500
Email: contact@rotokare.org.nz OR educator@rotokare.org.nz

Six tours have been scheduled this season. Limited spots available for each tour, so book NOW!

Friday 5th July - Available
Wednesday 17th July - Available
Friday 26th July - Available
Friday 16th August - Available
Friday 30th August - Available
Friday 20th September - Available

NB: Postponement dates for each tour would be the same day in the following week.

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Hawera Crop Swap
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Hawera Crop Swap

  • Hawera Presbyterian Parish Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come along to the Presbyterian Hall to share your garden and kitchen bounty on Argyle Street. Usually third Saturday of the month (except show weekend!), gold coin donation appreciated for hall hire.

Set up from 1pm
Welcome and introduction at 1.30pm
Please come and join an amazing community gathering of like-minded people wanting to share our food and knowledge.

We lay our items out to swap on tables, have a wander around and a chat, then after the welcome we browse and collect a share of what is on offer.

Please bring baskets/bags to take your bounty home in and if you are bringing something that needs to be split please bring some extra containers. Recipes are useful too for anything you have made!
Any leftover produce you can take home with you or it will be donated.
Children welcome.

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Hawera Crop Swap
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Hawera Crop Swap

  • Hawera Presbyterian Parish Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come along to the Presbyterian Hall to share your garden and kitchen bounty on Argyle Street. Usually third Saturday of the month (except show weekend!), gold coin donation appreciated for hall hire.

Set up from 1pm
Welcome and introduction at 1.30pm
Please come and join an amazing community gathering of like-minded people wanting to share our food and knowledge.

We lay our items out to swap on tables, have a wander around and a chat, then after the welcome we browse and collect a share of what is on offer.

Please bring baskets/bags to take your bounty home in and if you are bringing something that needs to be split please bring some extra containers. Recipes are useful too for anything you have made!
Any leftover produce you can take home with you or it will be donated.
Children welcome.

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Huatoki Crop Swap
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

Huatoki Crop Swap

The Huatoki Crop Swap takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We meet at the Huatoki Tennis Club 141 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth. Goods can be set up from 3pm and swapping begins at 3.30pm. Come and share in the abundance! All welcome

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Waitoriki &amp; Inglewood Crop Swap
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Waitoriki & Inglewood Crop Swap

The Crop Swap one to celebrate, we have been crop swapping at Waitoriki Hall for 5 years. To celebrate there will be a morning tea after the swapping, please bring a plate if you would like to stay and talk to the friends we have all made through Crop Swap. And as a reminder of what Crop Swap means, here are a few thoughts...

Give generously, take mindfully
Bring surplus from your garden, and home crafts are welcomed too.
Welcome and support one another
Take your time and keep others in mind.

And thank you Crop Swappers for your generous koha that keeps Waitoriki Hall alive, you are all amazing


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Hawera Timebank Orientation Meeting
Oct
2
9:30 AM09:30

Hawera Timebank Orientation Meeting

Nau mai, haere mai.

Come along and learn about Taranaki TimeBank and how to start trading time instead of dollars in our community.

Orientation meetings are to help new members on board, answer questions, inspire ideas, and gather our Timebanking Community.

New and old members always welcome. All ages welcome!
Bring your ideas and questions.

Note we have TWO meetings on offer in Hāwera every first Wednesday of the month.
9:30 am at Caffeinate Hāwera, 152 High Street and
5:30 pm at Te Korowai o Ngāruahine, 147 High Street. This evening meeting includes a Speed Meet at 6:30 pm for all members to get to know each other and create trades.

Come to either orientation meeting and earn a 1 hour time credit for attending.
All enquiries to Patina Edwards, Hāwera Timebank Coordinator (021) 278-1246 or ttb.south@gmail.com

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Cheesemaking (Waipa Blue) with Cathy Lang
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Cheesemaking (Waipa Blue) with Cathy Lang

INTRODUCING CATHY LANG - NEW ZEALAND CHEESE MAKER

After a career spanning almost 25 years in animal health. Cathy developed an interest in cheese making as a hobby before going on to develop her own small business as an artisan cheese maker. As demand for her specialty cheeses grew, Cathy made the decision to become a full-time cheese maker for her company Cloudy Mountain Cheese (Pirongia).

Over the span of 7 years Cathy produced a variety of national and international award-winning specialty cheeses at Cloudy Mountain Cheese, before taking up an opportunity to move to a specialised role as a Cheese Technologist for Fonterra, as Lead Cheese Maker. This is a role that entails developing new products, problem solving and training cheese makers.

Cathy’s cheese making has been a continuous journey of discovery, it has taken her to many interesting places and she is always excited to meet and work with passionate people who are as mad about cheese, as she is.

Cathy will demonstrate how to make her Waipa Blue along with a quick fresh style cheese that we will be able to consume during the day. Learn about cultures, rennet and the equipment required to make your own cheese at home.

For those interested, Maria invites you to take a stroll around Peihana Farm, an off-grid solar powered property and check out some of their essential eco-garden elements and learn about their plans for the property.

The cost is $80pp and this includes handouts and recipes, refreshments, home baked breads and crackers to accompany a range of cheeses and seasonal garden to table preserves, condiments and side dishes. Book now as numbers are limited. Contact Maria Lempriere 027 232 5554 for all enquiries.

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      Learn from some of the most inspiring backyards in Taranaki! From solar panels to bio-intensive veggie gardens, the Trail offers a wide range of examples of what everyday people can to do to live a more sustainable life.   The Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail is an annual event run by Sustainable Taranaki that 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 do to 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!   www.sustainablebackyards.org.nz
Nov
1
to 10 Nov

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Learn from some of the most inspiring backyards in Taranaki! From solar panels to bio-intensive veggie gardens, the Trail offers a wide range of examples of what everyday people can to do to live a more sustainable life.

The Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail is an annual event run by Sustainable Taranaki that 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 do to 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!

www.sustainablebackyards.org.nz

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The Household Gardener
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

The Household Gardener

This one day workshop with Jodi Roebuck is full of tricks for trapping in heat + keeping off heavy rains so you can keep growing through the winter. ​Join Jodi, Australasia’s leading Biointensive educator, in his own garden & on his own farm for the best hands-on one day practical suited to the beginner, to serious backyard grower + to the homesteader all wanting to maximise organic vegetable production through the cool seasons.

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Lets Compost - Brooklands Kindergarten
Aug
17
1:30 PM13:30

Lets Compost - Brooklands Kindergarten

Do your food scraps go in the rubbish? Would you like to do something about that but don’t know where to start? Or don’t feel like you have time to compost? Come along and learn about how to compost and the different systems you can use in your backyard. After completing a workshop, your household will receive $40 off your choice of one of three easy-to-use compost systems.

Workshop Details:
- Brooklands Kindergarten Let’s Compost Workshop
- Saturday 17 August, 1:30 - 4:00pm (Registrations essential)
- 22 Upjohn St, Brooklands, New Plymouth

To register go to www.sustainabletaranaki.org.nz/brooklands

Who is Let’s Compost and why these workshops?

Let’s Compost aims to inspire and support people to reduce food and garden waste going to landfill, turn it into a valuable resource for the garden and return the nutrients to the soil. We offer home composting workshops to the community. These are often based around existing networks, to help foster continuing support afterwards. With the support of New Plymouth District Council’s Waste Levy Fund the workshops are able to be offered free of charge, with a $40 discount per household available on the cost of a compost system after attending a workshop. Please note that these workshops are not suitable for children.

How much do compost systems cost once I participate in a composting workshop?

- Compost bin discounted price: $35
- Bokashi bucket set 15L discounted price: $76
- Worm Farm discounted price: $112

How do I find out more?

Please contact barbara@letscompost.nz if you have further questions before registering for a workshop you’ve been invited to.

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Hawera Crop Swap
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Hawera Crop Swap

Come along to the Presbyterian Hall to share your garden and kitchen bounty on Argyle Street. Usually third Saturday of the month (except show weekend!), gold coin donation appreciated for hall hire.

Set up from 1pm
Welcome and introduction at 1.30pm
Please come and join an amazing community gathering of like-minded people wanting to share our food and knowledge.

We lay our items out to swap on tables, have a wander around and a chat, then after the welcome we browse and collect a share of what is on offer.

Please bring baskets/bags to take your bounty home in and if you are bringing something that needs to be split please bring some extra containers. Recipes are useful too for anything you have made!
Any leftover produce you can take home with you or it will be donated.
Children welcome.

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Litter Intelligence Beach Clean - Fitzroy
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Litter Intelligence Beach Clean - Fitzroy

Come along and help us collect and sort beach litter to put in to the NEW LITTER SURVEY APP: LITTER INTELLIGENCE! Not sure what that means? Come along and find out more!

Litter Intelligence is a grassroots solutions to litter in Aotearoa - a new project to survey & audit beaches through which the presentable data will contribute towards REAL CHANGE!

Contribute to an important part in this long-term effort to contribute data to New Zealand’s first national beach litter database

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Pruning for home gardeners, with Dee Turner
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

Pruning for home gardeners, with Dee Turner

Join our practical workshop on how to prune fruit trees this winter. Learn how to increase your fruit production and control the shape of trees for small spaces, such as with espalier pruning. Know what tools to use, why and when to prune, and how to maintain the health of mature trees & vines. You’ll leave confident through a hands-on pruning experience.

Wet weather date 24th August - please make sure you are available for this wet weather date before purchasing tickets.

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Rotokare By Night - Night Tours
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Rotokare By Night - Night Tours

This winter, explore our native forests after sundown with Rotokare Night Tours! Meet beady-eyed moreporks, hear scuttling wēta on the forest floor, discover hidden treasures in our glow worm hideouts, smell kiwi poop upon the air, and spotlight for tuna (eels) and banded kōkopu in our meandering streams.

This event is hosted by Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust and Wild For Taranaki. Tours take place at Rotokare from 6pm - 9pm. Ticket costs are $10 per adult / $5 per child, payable online or in cash. For bookings, contact Rotokare at :
Ph: 06 764 8500
Email: contact@rotokare.org.nz OR educator@rotokare.org.nz

Six tours have been scheduled this season. Limited spots available for each tour, so book NOW!

Friday 5th July - Available
Wednesday 17th July - Available
Friday 26th July - Available
Friday 16th August - Available
Friday 30th August - Available
Friday 20th September - Available

NB: Postponement dates for each tour would be the same day in the following week.

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Electric Vehicle Information Evening
Aug
15
5:15 PM17:15

Electric Vehicle Information Evening

Have you noticed the increasing number of electric vehicles (EV's) on our roads? Have you, or someone you know, wondered about the benefits of owning (or sharing) one? Or do you, or someone you know, already have one? Whatever the case, we would like to invite those yet to make the choice and those that want to share their EV experience to an “EVening of information” - Thursday 15 August , 5:15pm at the TSB Community Trust (Dawson St).

We'll discuss their advantages (including financial & environmental), along with all the things you need to know to make the change easily. And you'll have time to have your questions answered by those that have already made the change. There'll also be some EV's on show.

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Huatoki Crop Swap
Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Huatoki Crop Swap

The Huatoki Crop Swap takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We meet at the Huatoki Tennis Club 141 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth. Goods can be set up from 3pm and swapping begins at 3.30pm. Come and share in the abundance! All welcome

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EMR Volunteer Training Workshop
Aug
11
2:30 PM14:30

EMR Volunteer Training Workshop

Have you volunteered with or WANT to volunteer with Experiencing Marine Reserves Taranaki?
Register for this training workshop where you'll learn more about what EMR is all about, improve your volunteering skills and understanding, and then see how good your snorkel skills are with our fun snorkel obstacle course at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre - SNORKEL, MASK, FINS PROVIDED!!

There are land-based and snorkel guide roles available for our summer community snorkel events – We would love to have anyone who’s interested come along to see if this is something you’d like to help with.

We will start with the training workshop at the TSB Community Trust on Dawson St and then move to the Aquatic Centre for snorkel training - Don't forget your togs and towel!

Note: You must be 16yrs or older (must be confident in the water) to be an unsupervised snorkel guide. Children <16yrs must have a caregiver present while volunteering.

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Litter Project Survey - Corbett Park
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Litter Project Survey - Corbett Park

We are participating in the nationwide Litter Project with Sustainable Coastlines! Join us to complete our 2nd Survey at Corbett Park.

Details to follow.

The Litter project is a three-year programme led by Sustainable Coastlines that aims to create a grass roots solution to beach litter in New Zealand. Working in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, Sustainable Coastlines have developed a national beach litter monitoring programme, based on the United Nations Environment Programme marine debris survey methodology, that will enable an accurate picture of the beach litter problem in New Zealand to be developed. By working to a United Nations Environment Program methodology, the data will be collected at the highest standard of scientific rigour, allowing it to be used for national, regional and international reporting, including progress against UN Sustainable Development Goals.

To collect the beach litter data long-term, Sustainable Coastlines will be working with community groups & organisations to conduct beach litter surveys at a minimum of 108 beach sites across Aotearoa at least four times per year for the next three years. They will provide the training and tools required for these groups to take part in this project as Citizen Scientists, conducting regular litter surveys at their chosen local beach sites and loading the litter data into a new, easy to use nationwide beach litter Citizen Science Platform/App we’ve developed specifically for the project. This platform will also include a solutions data base and some awesome litter data visualisation tools in the near future. All the litter data collected will be freely available to the groups involved as well as to the wider public and decision makers.

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Urenui Crop Swap
Aug
10
10:30 PM22:30

Urenui Crop Swap

The Huatoki Crop Swap takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We meet at the Huatoki Tennis Club 141 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth. Goods can be set up from 3pm and swapping begins at 3.30pm. Come and share in the abundance! All welcome

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South Taranaki Timebank Orientation Meeting - Patea &amp; Waverley
Aug
10
10:30 AM10:30

South Taranaki Timebank Orientation Meeting - Patea & Waverley

Nau mai, haere mai.

Come along and learn about TimeBank and how to start trading time instead of dollars in our Community.

Orientation meetings are to help new members on board , answer questions, inspire ideas, and gather our Timebanking Community.

New and old members always welcome!
Bring your ideas and questions.

Patea Library Plus, 10.30am Saturday 10th August, 2019

Earn a 1 hour time credit for attending this Orientation meeting.

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Landgirls talk - Pest Control at Your Place
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Landgirls talk - Pest Control at Your Place

Join the Taranaki LandGirls to learn about pest management tactics that you can apply on your property. Our speakers will share the pros and cons of the different methods, which work best for which pests and give practical advice on how to maximise effectiveness. They’ll also describe what damage the different pests cause, so we can better appreciate the contribution our individual actions make to protecting and enhancing our region's precious biodiversity — birds, lizards, insects, invertebrates, plants and ecosystems.
$5 per person
Bring a friend!
RSVP by Tuesday 6 August to Shonagh Hopkirk at taranakilandgirls@gmail.com or 752 0889.

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Taranaki TimeBank Orientation Meeting
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Taranaki TimeBank Orientation Meeting

Our Orientation meetings are to assist onboarding new members, answer questions, inspire ideas, and gather our Timebanking community.

Timebank gives you an hour for attending! So you can start your journey with time⏱️ in your account.

New and old members always welcome!
Bring your ideas 💡and questions🤔 and get ready to learn how to trade!

Email timebank@taranaki.gen.nz to RSVP or visit our website at www.taranakitimebank.nz

Thank you!

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Super Swop Stop
Aug
6
1:30 PM13:30

Super Swop Stop

We are proud to support Robyn Willis in delivering a new initiative here in Marfell the "Super Swop Stop"

This is a place for people from all over taranaki to bring those good, quality, clean items of fresh produce, clothing, baking, bric a brac and anything else (excluding furniture) you may want to swap for something that would benefit you and your family!

Tables will be set up at the front of the school (in the hall in wet conditions) it is a great opportunity to meet other people and swap for a gem you wouldn't normally have the opportunity of having so just rock on up.

With no money exchanging hands just wholesome community involvement, we absolutely cannot wait!

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Sourdough Success
Jul
31
10:00 AM10:00

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 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 and lots of new knowledge. This will be a small class for up to eight participants. A beautiful home made lunch is included. To secure a space please send me a message and pay in advance.


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Action on ag emissions - New Plymouth public info session
Jul
29
5:30 PM17:30

Action on ag emissions - New Plymouth public info session

We are keen to hear your views on our proposals to reduce agricultural emissions. As well as asking for your feedback via written submissions, we are holding public information sessions around the country.

Come along for a chance to ask questions and have your say. Coming to a session will help equip you to make a written submission.

Find out more and how to make a submission - https://www.mfe.govt.nz/consultation/action-agricultural-emissions

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Huatoki Crop Swap
Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Huatoki Crop Swap

The Huatoki Crop Swap takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. We meet at the Huatoki Tennis Club 141 Huatoki Street, Vogeltown, New Plymouth. Goods can be set up from 3pm and swapping begins at 3.30pm. Come and share in the abundance! All welcome

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