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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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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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The Fresh Air Challenge
Sep
1
to Sep 30

The Fresh Air Challenge

Do you and your staff want to get fit and healthy for summer?   Now is the time to dust down your bike and get out your walking shoes on to get out and enjoy our fresh Taranaki air!  The Fresh Air Challenge is coming up in September  and encourages us to think differently about our commutes to work and at home.  It could be walking to work, car pooling to a meeting, catching the bus, riding to the shops or walking to a friend’s house,  any trip that sees you leave the car keys behind can count to your total trips logged on the Fresh Air website.

By getting your business involved your staff will benefit by being fitter, healthier and happier also not to forget you will  be contributing toward helping the environment.  We also have some great spot prizes up for grabs including morning tea shouts, farmers market packs,  gift vouchers and of course the opportunity to take out the ‘Fresh Air Challenge 2018! Our new website has also been designed so you can have an internal competition at your workplace, while also competing against other organisations in the New Plymouth District.

Last year we saw an amazing 85,328 trips logged throughout the challenge and in the face of some pretty adversarial weather!

And these businesses took out the following categories :

Over 100's: 1st = Shell Taranaki, 2nd = NPDC, 3rd = First Gas
Under 100's: 1st = Sport Taranaki, 2nd = Logicamms
Under 10's: 1st = Ivy Lane Florist, 2nd = The Moving Brayne

To get involved?  Simply – register your organisation interest with Lets Go (letsgo@npdc.govt.nz).  We will register your workplace and team in our new website so when it goes live your team mates can register and start logging trips in September.   You don’t have to log your trips every day, you can add them up and log them once a week.

If you would like further information please email letsgo@npdc.govt.nz.

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Herbal Medicine Making - Summer Harvest Second Workshop
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Herbal Medicine Making - Summer Harvest Second Workshop

Due to popular demand we are running a second Summer Harvest workshop, subject to receiving 7 enrolments. Should this number not be reached you will be refunded in full or given a credit to a later workshop of your choice.

Learn how to make your own natural remedies for your herbal medicine cabinet in this practical workshop. Late summer is a wonderful time for harvesting herbs for medicine making, many of which you will find in your own back yards. In this workshop we will focus on cooling herbal preparations that support wellness in the hot summer days:

-Forage and identify herbs in the forest garden
-Make an antiseptic remedy for your first aid kit and a soothing herbal gel for sunburn, bites and rashes
-Enjoy a herbal smoothie, refreshing herbal drinks and food while you learn the skills to make your own potent herbal medicines.

Provided:
-Afternoon tea food and drinks
-Herbs and equipment for medicine making

Take home:
-Herbal antiseptic remedy
-Soothing herbal gel

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018
Time: 10 - 5pm
Location: Omata, New Plymouth

Cost: $85. Tickets available for purchase on our website.

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