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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Free Let's Compost Workshop
Oct
26
1:30 PM13:30

Free Let's Compost Workshop

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:
- Woodleigh School Let’s Compost Workshop
- Saturday, 1:30 - 4:00pm (Registrations essential)

Registrations are now closed. Please keep updated with our newsletter for more events and workshops.

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Huatoki Cropswap
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Huatoki Cropswap

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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Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail
Nov
1
to 10 Nov

Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail

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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Cropswap Merrilands
Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

Cropswap Merrilands

At our regular Crop Swap Meetings we get together to share our garden's and kitchen's surplus in a spirit of generosity and fairness, to connect with likeminded people and to foster local food production in our kitchens and backyards.

The Merrilands Crop Swap meetings are held every first and third Saturday of each month at 4pm in Merrilands Domain Hall.

Your gold coin donation is highly appreciated to cover the rent of the hall.

Set up is at 4pm, then we wander around, have a chat, exchange garden knowledge, recipes and local news. After a short welcome at 4.30pm everyone is invited to take a fair share of what is on offer. We then tidy up

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Huatoki Cropswap
Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

Huatoki Cropswap

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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Cropswap Merrilands
Nov
16
4:00 PM16:00

Cropswap Merrilands

At our regular Crop Swap Meetings we get together to share our garden's and kitchen's surplus in a spirit of generosity and fairness, to connect with likeminded people and to foster local food production in our kitchens and backyards.

The Merrilands Crop Swap meetings are held every first and third Saturday of each month at 4pm in Merrilands Domain Hall.

Your gold coin donation is highly appreciated to cover the rent of the hall.

Set up is at 4pm, then we wander around, have a chat, exchange garden knowledge, recipes and local news. After a short welcome at 4.30pm everyone is invited to take a fair share of what is on offer. We then tidy up

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Wild Food and Medicine
Nov
23
1:00 PM13:00

Wild Food and Medicine

Join us for this practical workshop on how to make food and medicine out of the wild herbs growing in our backyards. While many wild herbs are seen as weeds, these plants are powerful healers. Learning how to use them wisely will enhance the health and well being of your family. Spend time in our forest garden getting to know your herbal allies. Forage for and identify herbs and enjoy making wild food and medicine to support your health in spring time. Take home a fresh plant herbal remedy to enjoy.

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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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Soil Health and Plant Selection (3 of 3)
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Soil Health and Plant Selection (3 of 3)

Are you wanting to make changes to your garden/s?
This is the third workshop of a three part series which will prepare you for your exciting projects ahead.
At this workshop you will learn how to create nutritious soil using organic composting methods and plant selection.
The other two workshops before this will cover 'developing/desiging new gardens' (18 Aug) and 'building borders & landscaping' (15 Sept). This is a free workshop. All welcome.

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Cropswap Merrilands
Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Cropswap Merrilands

At our regular Crop Swap Meetings we get together to share our garden's and kitchen's surplus in a spirit of generosity and fairness, to connect with likeminded people and to foster local food production in our kitchens and backyards.

The Merrilands Crop Swap meetings are held every first and third Saturday of each month at 4pm in Merrilands Domain Hall.

Your gold coin donation is highly appreciated to cover the rent of the hall.

Set up is at 4pm, then we wander around, have a chat, exchange garden knowledge, recipes and local news. After a short welcome at 4.30pm everyone is invited to take a fair share of what is on offer. We then tidy up

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Crop Swap Hawera
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Crop Swap Hawera

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.

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Huatoki Cropswap
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Huatoki Cropswap

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 Cropswap
Oct
12
10:30 AM10:30

Urenui Cropswap

At our regular Crop Swap Meetings we get together to share our garden's and kitchen's surplus in a spirit of generosity and fairness, to connect with likeminded people and to foster local food production in our kitchens and backyards. Don't be shy - come along and see how it all works.

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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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Inglewood Timebank Orientation and Information Meeting
Oct
11
10:00 AM10:00

Inglewood Timebank Orientation and Information Meeting

  • Inglewood Library and Service Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you curious about TimeBank? Would you like to find out more? Come along to the next Inglewood Orientation and Information event in the Library on FRIDAY, 11th October at 10am.

TimeBank Taranaki’s goal is to put the UNITY back into COMMUNITY, whether that be locally in Inglewood or in the wider Taranaki region. We live in an increasingly commodity based society but TimeBank puts the emphasis on time as the commodity traded. Everyone’s time is valued equally regardless of the skill or gift the person is sharing.

Please RSVP to Moira at ttb.inglewood@gmail.com so I know to expect you.

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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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Waitoriki & 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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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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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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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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Make Your Own Stilts & 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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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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