Ecofest North kicks off across the north of Auckland on Saturday 15 March with the promise to bring fresh ideas to homes, backyards and communities.
With the themes of Make, Discover, Regenerate and Learn, the aim of the eco-festival is not only to celebrate local groups taking environmental action in our communities, but to give people opportunities to try out, and hopefully adopt, more sustainable ways of living.
Ecofest North has events running across the North Shore and up to Matakana for a month, and launches on Sunday 16 March at a film screening of the heart-warming New Zealand documentary “Our Green Roadie” at the Bridgeway Cinema. (Tickets only $12, details at www.ecofest.org.nz)
Festival Manager Louisa Chase, in charge for the second year running, comments, “Whether we realise it or not, we are sitting on a goldmine of community-held knowledge for making Auckland a more sustainable and liveable city. It is exciting that this can be shared through Ecofest in ways that are fun, creative and accessible. You don’t have to be into conservation or be a ‘greenie’ to get something out of these events, there is something practical and fun out there for everyone!”
The full programme of events is online now at www.ecofest.org.nz and print copies are available at libraries and community centres.
Some highlights of the festival, which is co-ordinated by Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre and supported by Auckland Council, include:
- The MUST Sustainable Fashion Showcase, created and organised by 17-23 year olds to showcase up-cycled, recycled and op-shop fashion garments (Birkenhead, 28 March)
- Visits to Takapuna & Waiheke Island from a Maori perspective with award-winning Potiki Adventures (30 March & 5 April)
- The Good Life Tour; meet the people building, renovating, growing and living the dream on this inspirational tour of three eco-homes and gardens in Birkdale, Glenfield & Coatesville (6 April)
- Guided walks on Tiritiri Matangi Island for Botanists, Birders and Photographers to celebrate 25 years of the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi (23 & 30 March, 6 & 13 April)
- Community Gardens Open Weekend on Sunday 30 March, (Devonport, Albany & Browns Bay) featuring the inaugural Devonport Community Garden Snail Race
- The Mighty Mahu Family Tryathlon at Snells Beach Reserve on Sunday 23 March
- Music in the Garden at Matakana Community Garden with live music from blues band Blind Willie Motel, Saturday 29 March
Plus a colourful array of other walks, talks and workshops on a wide range of sustainability topics like bike maintenance, food foraging, growing and using native plants, organic gardening, hot composting, permaculture, distilling essential oils and bread-making.