Living sustainably for te ao, te whanau, ki ahau – for the world, the family and for me

We have wrapped up another Ecofest festival as well as our major online festival event The Sustainable Whanau Challenge. Ecofest 2015 featured 96 events – for a taste of what was on offer browse the calendar below.

Enormous thanks to all our funders, sponsors and supporters, particularly Ray White North Shore.

Ecofest North has been co-ordinated by a small team at Kaipatiki Project since 2013. Contact [email protected]

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14 Mar The Great Junk Mail Challenge
When Sat, 14 March. 6.30pm .
Where Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence St, Devonport
Cost Free
Bookings Register by email - places limited.
Contact Catherine O'Brien
Make Like a Tree
[email protected]

Make Like a TreeMake Like a Tree in association with Devonport Community House presents: The Great Junk Mail Challenge. Individuals and teams of up to 4 people are invited to enter this exciting event. Create a work of art and/or design (basically anything!) using one junkmail brochure (About the size of the property press) and a limited range of tools ie sellotape, stapler, hole punch and string. You have just one hour to create your masterpiece! The winner, will be selected by our Eco friendly Judges on the night. Please register your interest as places are limited.

14 Mar The Good Life Workshops: Sausage Making
When Sat, 14 March. 10am.
Where Devonport Community Garden, Cambria Reserve, Devonport
Cost $15
Bookings Email Charlotte Smith to book
Contact Charlotte Smith
Devonport Community Garden
[email protected]

Devonport Community Garden logoIf you like bangers and beer, then the Devonport Community Garden were thinking of you when they planned their Good Life Workshops. This first workshop teaches you the basics of sausage making. Further down the track, you’ll be taught to make beer bread. Put them together and through in a summer’s day, and you’ll be one happy camper.

14 Mar Ecofest Family Fun Day
When Sat, 14 March. 10am-2pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project, Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Rd, Birkdale
Cost Free
Contact Toni van Tonder
Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre
482 1172
[email protected]

Open Day banner jpgJoin the Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre team as we celebrate the start of Ecofest with a massive family fun day. Make stuff, learn stuff, do stuff and buy stuff with our huge range of Ecofest groups. Music and entertainment, petting zoo, competitions, face painting, refreshments, composting and micro-green workshops, talks, bush walks, up-cycling, picnic area, farmers’ market, bicycle maintenance and repair and loads of environmental groups will be there to help you learn about our own backyards.

Rain date is Sunday 15 March.

15 Mar Beyond Organic NZ Tour Launch with Stefan Sobkowiak
When Sun, 15 March. 10am-4pm .
Where Matakana Village Hall
Cost $20-$50 (According to Ability)
Bookings Book online. Book online.
Contact James Samuel
Beyond Organic NZ Tour
021 252 0653
[email protected]
stefan-sobkowiakEnjoy a range of juicy dialogue and multiple speakers and stalls at this day long event.
Stefan Sobkowiak will be sharing his experience redesigning a commercial apple orchard, through and beyond organic, to a fully-fledged Permaculture Orchard.
Five short, sharp, snappy presentations are being prepared, to highlight local food projects and enterprises in the bio-region and beyond. Come, hear from and connect to some of the leaders in the field, and welcome Stefan Sobkowiak of the Permaculture Orchard Film. Stefan will show segments from the film and talk about the methods, the logic and the economics behind his diverse and productive orchard-based system.
The Matakana Village Hall is one of those solid rural halls – capacity 200 – built when small, intensive agriculture was how we grew almost all of NZ’s food. In the spacious grounds of this well maintained hall is the local community garden. Inside there is room enough for tables of information and people to talk with about your project. This is a great place to begin the tour, given its proximity to Auckland, access to the North, its history, and the region’s growing population.
18 Mar Eco Design Seminar: Top Ten Tips on Buying A Home
When Wed, 18 March. .
Where Ray White office, Shop 501, Level 5 Westfield Shopping Mall, Glenfield
Cost Free
Bookings Just come along.
Contact Eion Scott
Auckland Council Eco Design Advisor
027 2169240
[email protected]

Top Ten Tips on Buying a HomeWhat to look for when buying a home and why green is the new black for home builders. Eion Scott, Auckland Council Eco Design Advisor, advises homeowners, architects and the building trade on improving the performance of homes, as well as driving sustainable building design in building consents. Find out why the council has chosen Homestar as the benchmark for new builds in the Proposed Unitary Plan and how you can meet its 6 star rating.

21 Mar Verran Eskdale Restoration Group Open Day
When Sat, 21 March. 10am .
Where Meet at the entry to Ridgewood Reserve, at the end of Roseberry Avenue, Birkenhead
Cost Free
Bookings No booking required
Contact Phil Jones
Verran Eskdale Restoration Group (VERG)
021 835146
[email protected]

Happy weedersVERG is a community group, working with Kaipatiki Project, to restore some of the bush reserves in our local area. For Ecofest, we are holding two open day events (Sat 21 March & Tues 31 March, 10am), each of which will include a guided tour showing some of the work to date. This work includes the restoration of the wetland area of Ridgewood Reserve. You are then very welcome to stay on and help at our working bee for an hour or so. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing, and bring water. We will supply tools.

21 Mar Rock Pool Tour on Goat Island
When Sat, 21 March. 2.30pm .
Where Goat Island Beach at low tide
Cost $5
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoJoin the workers and volunteers at the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and take a close look at the Goat Island Rock pools.

22 Mar Let the Good Summer Roll: Frocks on Bikes Cycle Tour
When Sun, 22 March. 10.30am-2pm.
Where Downtown - Devonport - Takapuna - Milford
Cost Return ferry ticket to Devonport for those originating from central / west / east / south
Bookings Sign up at the Frocks On Bikes blog. Book online.
Contact Nic Williams
Frocks on Bikes Auckland
[email protected]
Frocks On Bikes logoMeet at 10.45 at the Downtown ferry terminal to Devonport with bike for the 11am sailing to Devonport, picking up Shore Frockers along the way.
Group ride + lunch + optional swim at Milford
Route map to come…sign up to the Frocks event email on
 10.30am-2pmish, Sunday 22 March (29 March rain date)
22 Mar Lobbying for the Environment: Day Workshop with Nandor Tanczos
When Sun, 22 March. 9am-4pm .
Where Matakana Village Hall, Matakana
Cost $30-$80
Bookings Book online. Book online.
Contact Trish Allen
09 422 9422
[email protected]

Nandor credit Lance McCaughanEver wondered how Parliament works? Get the inside story from former Green Party MP Nandor Tanczos at this one day workshop in Matakana.

This one day workshop explores the nature of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen. It begins by developing a broad understanding of the constitution and then progressively narrows in on the details of Parliament, the select committee process and, finally, voting. It aims to empower participants with a comprehensive understanding of both the formal processes of governance as well as practical tools for influencing change.
The workshop is interactive and uses brainstorming, small group discussion, video and role-play to draw out the knowledge of participants and build on it. It is suitable for teenagers to adults.
Learning objectives:
-Develop an understanding of New Zealand’s formal systems of governance
-Develop an understanding of how political processes work in practice
-Understand the arguments for and against an adversarial system
-Develop the confidence to participate in the democratic process
-Develop lobbying skills, including the ability to make effective parliamentary submissions
-Develop an understanding of how MMP works and the difference between your two votes
Introductions and Ice-breaker
Talking about the constitution
-Sources of political power.

-Does New Zealand have a constitution?

-What about the Treaty of Waitangi?
-Should New Zealand become a republic?
Understanding Parliament
-Government, Parliament, Judiciary and the separation of powers.
-What does Parliament do?
-How laws get made.
-How to influence the legislative process.
Focus on Select Committees
-What they are.
-What they do.
-How to make a great submission.
Roleplay a Select Committee process
How MMP works
-Why vote?
-How voting works
-Coalitions and coalition agreements
Nandor Tanczos photo credit: Lance McCaughan
25 Mar Love our Ocean Book Launch and Talk
When Wed, 25 March. 7.00pm .
Where Lifeway College Hall, 20 Goodall Rd, Snells Beach
Cost Free
Bookings No bookings required.
Contact Young Ocean Explorers
09 425 5455
Lov our Ocean 1In Love Our Ocean, Steve Hathaway and his daughter Riley present a captivating series of stories about what happens when a teenager comes face to face with the marine animals we’re all curious about, such as stingrays, orca, and turtles. Signed books and DVD’s will be available on the night.
28 Mar River trip on the Jane Gifford Scow with Eco Commentary
When Sat, 28 March. 2pm.
Where Warkworth Wharf
Cost $20 Adults, $5 Students
Bookings Call or email to book.
Contact Dave Parker
The Jane Gifford Restoration Trust
0274 849 935 or 09 425 5006
[email protected]
jane gifford 01Take a trip down the Mahurangi River from Warkworth on the historic Jane Gifford, NZ’s last remaining rigged sailing scow, now restored. Hear a commentary on the river’s ecology.
Rain date: April 11th at 11am. Passengers must board 15 min before departure.
29 Mar Ecofest Film & Director’s Talk: The Man from Coxs River
When Sun, 29 March. 6.00pm.
Where The Vic Theatre, 48-56 Victoria Road, Devonport
Cost $15
Bookings Visit the website for pre-booking information or door sales at The Vic.
Contact The Vic Devonport

Australian documentary: Can a mission to save a mob of doomed brumbies in a wilderness that is Sydney’s water catchment succeed? The film maker Russell Kilbey will be present

to answer questions from the audience.

The Vic

5 Apr Tiritiri Matangi Island: Guided Walk for Ornithologists
When Sun, 5 April. 9am .
Where Tiritiri Matangi Island
Cost $25 + Ferry Fare
Bookings Bookings essential. Email or visit website to book.
Contact Mary-Ann Rowland
Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi
09 476 0010
[email protected]

Calling all Birds and Photographers

Specialist guided walks for photographers and birders, only 8 in a group.
Cost – $25 Note – this does not include your ferry booking which is $70 from Auckland and $55 from Gulf Harbour. To book the ferry go to: or phone 09 307

Bookings are essential, contact Mary-Ann [email protected] or phone 09 476 0010 (Wednesday to Sunday). For more information see: or email
[email protected]

5 Apr Ride ‘N’ Repair, Orewa
When Sun, 5 April. 10am-12pm.
Where Western Reserve, Centreway Rd, Orewa
Cost Free
Bookings No bookings necessary.
Contact Zane Bray
Auckland Transport
09 447 4345
[email protected]

Auckland TransportFree Bike safety checks and maintenance on the edge of the Te Ara Tahuna path around the Orewa estuary. If you don’t have a bike there will be free bike hire so you can explore this fantastic scenic path. Maps information and support will be available so you can find other excellent cycle paths and enjoy our fabulous city by sustainable pedal power.

11 Apr North Shore Forest & Bird Trip, Browns Island/Motukorea
When Sat, 11 April. 8.45am-3.30pm.
Where We board Facilitator 5 at St Heliers at 9am and will be picked up from the island at 3pm
Cost $70 each.
Bookings Booking by phone or email. Bookings and payment essential by 3 April.
Contact Margi Keys
North Shore Forest & Bird Protection Society
443 6919
[email protected]
forest_and_bird logoThis rare opportunity to visit Auckland’s most intact volcano (apart from Rangitoto) requires 30 participants paying $70 each. Dr Harry Keys from Taupo (DoC technical adviser – volcanology) will explain the geological features. We will climb to the summit (68 m) and circumnavigate the island. This trip has been organised in conjunction with Project Tongariro (Tongariro Natural History Society). BOOKINGS AND PAYMENT ESSENTIAL by April 3. No refunds for late cancellations.
12 Apr The Good Life Tour
When Sun, 12 April. 9am-2.30pm.
Where Multiple Locations
Cost $5 koha per person at each property visited
Bookings Reserve your places online (free) Book online.
Contact Toni van Tonder
Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre
482 1172
[email protected]

green building pic webVisit four different North Shore properties to discover how their homeowners live the Good Life. The tour starts in Milford, heads to Birkdale and Bayview and finishes in Matakana. Spaces are limited to 20 per home visit and each home must be booked separately via Eventbrite. Guests are asked that they bring a $5 koha to each property to thank the hosts for their time. Please meet out side the property at the designated time and wait for event manager Toni van Tonder before proceeding. For those wishing and willing to carpool to the Matakana Property are to email Toni at [email protected]

9am-10am Denys and Riro’s property is a 50’s section with lots of space, some fruit trees and a huge water tank. It’s the perfect place for a backyard community garden. For elderly people having a few dedicated younger gardeners in charge of the gardening, this concept of a backyard community garden is the perfect solution. The lawn was covered by sheet mulch, raised garden beds and you will have to see the production to believe just how much food can be available year round.
10am-11am Adrian and his family moved into their new home just over a year ago, attracted by the options to create a more self sustainable lifestyle. The property had established fruit trees, space for a garden, a large and unshaded roof for water capture and solar, and offered the Feasey’s opportunities to improve the building.They used the Homestar rating system as a guide, had it rated, and incorporated other ideas.Visitors will be able to visit Homestar “stations” around the property, which will also be used as the basis for a short walk and talk
11am-12noon Mike and Dee Pigneguy have turned their quarter acre section into a food forest that supplies fruit and vegetables on a year round basis. The chickens provide plenty of compost material and of course fresh, free range eggs. If you want to see intensive gardening in action, a visit here will give you plenty of ideas including how to replace nutrients in the soil for year round crop production.
1.30-2.30pm Trish Allen has created an edible landscape around her eco-house in Matakana Village on her 1/4 acre section. 50 fruit trees include apples, pears, plums, persimmons, casimiroa, cherimoya, peaches, bananas, feijoas, grapes, olives and passionfruit, not to mention raised bed vegetable gardens and herbs. The house is a passive solar design: the roof angles allow the warmth of the winter sun to be stored in a tiled floor and brick wall, whilst the summer sun is excluded, so the house is warm in winter and cool in summer. Hot water is heated by 4 solar panels, whilst electricity is generated by 12 photovoltaic cells.   A wood burner heats the house in winter and with a wet-back fitted it also boosts the hot water when the sun is not shining.

Kaipatiki Project is able to operate due to the generosity of our funders and supporters

Auckland Council Foundation North Ministry for the Environment Kaipatiki Local Board Ray White North Shore Environment Hubs Aotearoa