FUN DAY Saturday 5 March 2016, 10am – 2pm


Over 1,000 visitors enjoyed a fun day with a strong environmental twist at Kaipatiki Project’s Enviro Family Fun Day on Saturday 5 March.

The environment centre of the North Shore threw open its doors, shadehouses, teaching gardens and the neighbouring reserve in Birkdale to enable local families to learn about the Centre’s activities, get hands-on with native plants and wildlife, and connect with other eco-organisations and community partners. A live folk band, bustling photobooth, hands-on encounters with creepy-crawlies and close neighbour Diego the macaw brought colour, ambience and fun to the event, which is fast-becoming an annual fixture on the Kaipatiki calendar.

Kaipatiki Project’s recently appointed Manager Janet Cole commented, “Naturally our aim with an event like this is for people of all ages to associate Kaipatiki Project with having fun at a cool event. Longer term we also hope that the tips and tricks they picked up here; things like how easy and beneficial it is to compost, how to recognise different native plants & wildlife, or simply sorting rubbish into different waste streams, will inspire them to get actively involved in caring for the environment by living more sustainably in their homes, backyards and their neighbourhoods”.

More than 90% of the event’s waste was diverted from landfill by volunteers led by Auckland Zero Waste Alliance (AZWA), who were supporting the event for the second year running. Around thirty volunteers helped the day be a success including Kaipatiki Project’s regular volunteers and Board members, Long Bay College & Westlake Boys High School students, international students from the Unique NZ Language School in Browns Bay and members of the community.

The event was funded by Auckland Council and Pub Charity, and could not have happened without the ongoing support of Kaipatiki Local Board through the provision of the Centre’s premises and funding for operational activities.

For a taste of Fun Day watch this short video.


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Photo: Pavel Zivnustka

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

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