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]
|14 Mar||The Great Junk Mail Challenge|
Make 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|
If 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|
Join 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|
Enjoy 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|
What 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|
VERG 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|
Join 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|
Meet 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 https://frocksonbikes.wordpress.com/auckland/contact-auckland/
10.30am-2pmish, Sunday 22 March (29 March rain date)
|22 Mar||Lobbying for the Environment: Day Workshop with Nandor Tanczos|
Ever 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.
-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?
-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
-How voting works
-Coalitions and coalition agreements
Nandor Tanczos photo credit: Lance McCaughan
|25 Mar||Love our Ocean Book Launch and Talk|
In 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|
Take 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|
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.
|5 Apr||Tiritiri Matangi Island: Guided Walk for Ornithologists|
Specialist guided walks for photographers and birders, only 8 in a group.
|5 Apr||Ride ‘N’ Repair, Orewa|
Free 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|
This 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|
Visit 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]