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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Buttons & Bows Swap
Oct
13
10:00 PM22:00

Buttons & Bows Swap

Buttons & Bows Swap

The swap for everyone who sews, knits, crochets and enjoys creating!

Ideas of what to bring to swap, buttons, ribbons, fabric, wool, silks, magazines, patterns, materials for scrapbooking, materials for homemade crafts and creative ideas…

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Set-up: 10am, Swap start: 10.30am, Finish: 11.30isham

Waitoriki Hall, Lincoln Road, Inglewood

(next door to Waitoriki School)

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Coastal Hazards & Sea Level Rise - Preparing for Change
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Coastal Hazards & Sea Level Rise - Preparing for Change

Climate change is expected to increase the risk of coastal hazards around NZ as sea level rises. Join us to get the latest update on sea level rise science and a new approach to support coastal communities prepare for long term change.

Presenters include Dr Rob Bell (NIWA), Dr Judy Lawrence (Victoria University) and Emma Lemire (Ministry for the Environment).

This free public event is sponsored by the New Zealand Coastal Society, Taranaki Regional Council, New Plymouth District Council and New Zealand Planning Institute.

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Zoo Talk: Finding Little Blue
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Zoo Talk: Finding Little Blue

Come along to Brooklands Zoo to learn more about the amazing Little Blue Penguin.

Elvisa Robb, project lead for Finding Little Blue, a Citizen Science Penguin Project, will share her knowledge on these beautiful creatures and how we can help protect them.

She will share interesting information, fun facts and even play a few games!

Part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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Kete Waikawa Shopping Bag Workshop - Hawera
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Kete Waikawa Shopping Bag Workshop - Hawera

  • Hawera Community Centre Hall Lounge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Make your own shopping bag out of Harakeke - NZ Flax -The sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
We start our Raranga - Weaving workshop with a karakia - prayer and a waiata - song, then we learn about the tikanga - correct way to harvest and prepare the harakeke for weaving. You will prepare your own harakeke and weave your kete waikawa to give to someone or to keep for yourself.

$35 per person

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Waste Free Parenting Workshops - New Plymouth
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Waste Free Parenting Workshops - New Plymouth

Choose which time suits you:
- Wednesday 19 September, 9:30am – 12:00pm
- Wednesday 19 September, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste in your home especially with young children in the house. You get a free pack bursting with waste minimisation products with each ticket.

Ticket info:
$19 - Individual Ticket - Admits 1, receive 1 Free Goodie bag
$24 - Couple's Ticket - Admits 2, receive 1 Free Goodie bag

There are limited spaces and free packs available at each event.

Important Information:

You do not need to print off your tickets, we have the ability to scan your ticket off of your smartphone/device as you arrive at the workshop.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop starts.

Bringing your baby to a daytime workshop is fine, but please be mindful that if they get upset you may need to pop out and settle them. It is preferable not to bring babies older than 6 months to an evening workshop as it is too late and distracting for other attendees.


 

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Waste Free Parenting Workshops - New Plymouth
Sep
19
9:30 AM09:30

Waste Free Parenting Workshops - New Plymouth

Choose which time suits you:
- Wednesday 19 September, 9:30am – 12:00pm
- Wednesday 19 September, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste in your home especially with young children in the house. You get a free pack bursting with waste minimisation products with each ticket.

Ticket info:
$19 - Individual Ticket - Admits 1, receive 1 Free Goodie bag
$24 - Couple's Ticket - Admits 2, receive 1 Free Goodie bag

There are limited spaces and free packs available at each event.

Important Information:

You do not need to print off your tickets, we have the ability to scan your ticket off of your smartphone/device as you arrive at the workshop.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop starts.

Bringing your baby to a daytime workshop is fine, but please be mindful that if they get upset you may need to pop out and settle them. It is preferable not to bring babies older than 6 months to an evening workshop as it is too late and distracting for other attendees.


 

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Rotokare By Night
Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

Rotokare By Night

  • Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust New Plymouth (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience the forest like never before! Meet beady-eyed moreporks, hear scuttling weta on the forest floor, discover hidden treasures in our glow worm hideouts, smell kiwi poop upon the air, and watch tuna (eels) and kokopu on our exciting NIGHT TOURS!

For bookings - call 06 764 8500 or email - educator@rotokare.org.nz
Available tour dates are:
6th July--fully booked!
18th July--fully booked!
20th July--fully booked!
3rd August--fully booked!
25th August--fully booked!
15th September -- LIMITED SPACES LEFT!

Adult $10; Child $5, payable onsite or via net banking.

Postponement dates will be the same day in the week after the canceled tour.

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Legends of Conservation Mountain Adventure Race
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Legends of Conservation Mountain Adventure Race

This event is aimed at primary and intermediate kids and their adult helpers. If you have a family team and one or two of your family are at high school that’s okay - they can be in your team.

Date and times:
- Saturday September 15 (postponement date - Sunday September 16)
- 10:30 for the race briefing (your team must be there to compete)
- Race start 11
- Race ends 1pm
- Sausage sizzled lunch then prize giving (mostly spot prizes).

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Waikawa Shopping Bag Workshop - Stratford
Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Waikawa Shopping Bag Workshop - Stratford

  • War Memorial Hall Function Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Make your own shopping bag out of Harakeke - NZ Flax -The sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
We start our Raranga - Weaving workshop with a karakia - prayer and a waiata - song, then we learn about the tikanga - correct way to harvest and prepare the harakeke for weaving. You will prepare your own harakeke and weave your kete waikawa to give to someone or to keep for yourself.

Straford - Wednesday 12th of September 10 am - 2 pm
War Memorial Hall Function Room, 55 Miranda Street, $35 pp

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Kete Waikawa Shopping Bag Workshop -Waitara
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Kete Waikawa Shopping Bag Workshop -Waitara

Make your own shopping bag out of Harakeke - NZ Flax -The sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
We start our Raranga - Weaving workshop with a karakia - prayer and a waiata - song, then we learn about the tikanga - correct way to harvest and prepare the harakeke for weaving. You will prepare your own harakeke and weave your kete waikawa to give to someone or to keep for yourself.

Waitara - Saturday 8th of September 10 am - 2 pm
KareNZ Kitz 23 A West Quay - $35 per person

Straford - Wednesday 12th of September 10 am - 2 pm
War Memorial Hall Function Room, 55 Miranda Street, $35 pp

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Basic Butchery Skills with Kieran Baker
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Basic Butchery Skills with Kieran Baker

Group/Organisation: Peihana Farm

Type of Event: Workshop

Event Title: Basic Butchery Skills with Kieran Baker

Short description of event: This full on workshop is ideal for hunters, home cooks, lifestylers and anyone who wants to improve their home butchery skills.

The day is split into two parts - the morning session is not for the feint hearted. Learn how to butcher a pig/lamb/goat or game animal in this hands-on butchery course. The morning will include skinning, cleaning and dressing a carcass.

The afternoon session you will learn about the different cuts of meat, what they’re called, where to find them on a carcass and how to cook them.

Date: 8/9/2018

Start Time: 9:0:0 AM

End Time: 4:0:0 PM

Location: Peihana Farm, 281 Okoki Road, RD45, Urenui 4375

Cost / Ticket Price: $120

Contact for event: Maria Lempriere - peihanafarm@gmail.com or 027 232 5554

More Info: http://www.facebook.com/events/852363314952541/

(Sent via Sustainable Taranaki)

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Super Swop Stop
Sep
4
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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