Mini Ecofest: Saturday 3 – Sunday 11 October 2015

Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre is delighted to host this mini-festival, supported by Auckland Council, which acts as a stepping stone between this year’s month-long Ecofest (March-April 2015) and the next Ecofest in the month of October 2016.

Whether your goal is to kick your backyard into shape and grow some veges, spend more time outdoors caring for the Kiwi bush we all love, or maybe you are driven to go the whole hog and live with no waste or create a home that takes nothing from the earth – this 8 day Mini Ecofest is packed with inspiration and fresh thinking.

As well as a host of workshops and courses, we are hosting some special FREE events:

* Edible Native Landscapes, free food-foraging walks & talks around Hobsonville Point – Sat 3 October, 10am & 12noon
* Community town centre tidy ups in Beach Haven (Sun 4 Oct) & Browns Bay (Sat 10 Oct) – pitch in and we’ll shout you a lunch party afterwards!
* The Good Life Talks, an entertaining evening with actor, broadcaster & MC Rick Leckinger and eight special guest speakers – Thurs 8 October, 6.30pm
* The Good Life Homes Tour, meet ordinary families in Rodney who have created some extraordinary homes using materials like mud and straw – Sun 11 October, 9am-2pm

Explore the Mini Ecofest calendar below. Contact [email protected]

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3 Oct Bush Walk & Talk
When Sat, 3 October. 9.30-11.30am.
Where Three North Shore reserves
Cost $18 for series of 3 walks
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Two hour guided educational bush-walks with horticulturist Leslie Haines.

This series of three walks focuses on spring flowers in North Shore reserves (it can only be booked as a group of walks.)

3 October – Centennial Park, Campbells Bay
10 October – Fernglen, Birkenhead
24 October – Pompallier Reserve, Birkenhead

Booking is essential – the meeting points will be advised on booking.

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3 Oct Edible Native Landscapes Walk & Talk #2
When Sat, 3 October. 12pm.
Where Hobsonville Point Farmers Market
Cost Free
Bookings This walk is free but reservations must be made online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Join Charmaine Wiapo for a Walk & Talk to explore edible possibilities commonly present in Tāmaki urban landscapes; be they wild public spaces or tamed home gardens. The journey will cover do’s and don’ts for identification, harvesting and tasting edible native plants, as well as touching on traditional harvest and contemporary use.

CharCharmaine Wiapo has been working for the last 25 years sharing knowledge about our native and exotic landscapes, teaching within the community to reconnect people with our natural world. She is the Director of Uru Whakaaro Ltd specialising in Indigenous Natural Heritage Management.

Join this unique walk & talk from the Kaipatiki Project stall at the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market.

3 Oct
- 1 Nov
Harakeke (Flax) Academy
When Sat, 3 October - Sun, 1 November
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost $190 per person for 5 weekend course
Bookings Book online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Flax Academy is an intensive five-week course which aims to comprehensively instill the skills & processes required for weaving with harakeke (flax).

To become good at weaving means building up skills over a period of weeks, with regular practice. Being immersed in, practicing and mastering a variety of weaving techniques and skills will give participants the know-how and confidence to go on to weave independently or with a social group.

Course Tutor: Judy Te Hiwi

Judy Te Hiwi lives on Auckland’s North Shore where she has been kaitiaki (guardian) of an important harakeke collection in Eskdale Reserve for over 15 years. Judy has extensive experience in mahi raranga (Maori flax-weaving) and brings a traditional, holistic approach to her teaching of this beautiful and very social craft.

Places are strictly limited in this special intensive course so book early to secure your place.

Course length: 30 hours / six hours a week for 5 weeks

Course structure: Saturdays 10am – 2pm, Sundays 11am – 1pm

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3 Oct Edible Native Landscapes Walk & Talk #1
When Sat, 3 October. 10am.
Where Hobsonville Point Farmers Market, Hobsonville Point
Cost Free
Bookings This walk is free but reservations must be made online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Join Charmaine Wiapo for a Walk & Talk to explore edible possibilities commonly present in Tāmaki urban landscapes; be they wild public spaces or tamed home gardens. The journey will cover do’s and don’ts for identification, harvesting and tasting edible native plants, as well as touching on traditional harvest and contemporary use.

CharCharmaine Wiapo has been working for the last 25 years sharing knowledge about our native and exotic landscapes, teaching within the community to reconnect people with our natural world. She is the Director of Uru Whakaaro Ltd specialising in Indigenous Natural Heritage Management.

Join this unique walk & talk (repeating at 12 noon) from the Kaipatiki Project stall at the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market.

4 Oct Beach Haven Town Centre Tidy Up
When Sun, 4 October. 10am-12noon.
Cost Free
Bookings For groups of more than 5 people please email to register that you are coming.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Tidy UpShow your town centre and local parks some love and join in this fun community tidy-up.

Choose a route, grab your bag and gloves, buddy up with other people and go!

All volunteers are invited to the Tidy Up party lunch at Beach Haven Community House afterwards.

This event is supported by Kaipatiki Local Board.

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6
- 8 Oct
Rongoa Maori Herbal Medicine course
When Tue, 6 - Thu, 8 October
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre
Cost $70
Bookings Book online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Rongoa Maori is not just about Maori plant medicines; it is a prescription for the well-being of the land and its people.

The best medicine is community, a sense of belonging, good natural food and good exercise.

Donna-Kerridge- rongoa-tutorOur tutor is Donna Kerridge, who has developed these workshops especially for Kaipatiki Project.

Restoring and strengthening our connections to the land using matauranga Maori (traditional knowledge) is the basis of rongoa Maori. Our well-being is determined by the balance or imbalance between what we eat, our relationship with and contribution to the world and others, what we think and how we find peace. Rongoa Maori acknowledges all aspects of our being including the physical and the spiritual and how a balance between these things can facilitate well-being or conversely their imbalance erode it.

7 Oct
- 18 Nov
Nursery Bites native plant propagation workshops
When Wed, 7 October - Wed, 18 November
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre
Cost $10 unwaged/$70 waged
Bookings Book online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Aimed at up-skilling participants over 7 weeks, these mini-workshops are a great way to gain experience, meet like-minded people and learn at the same time. Nursery Bites

Recommended if you want to gain practical, hands-on experience in native plant propagation and / or would like work-experience in a plant nursery.

Workshops often include study trips to nearby reserves and places of interest.

These workshops are supported by Birkenhead Licensing Trust.

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8 Oct The Good Life Talks
When Thu, 8 October. 6.30-8pm.
Where The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
Cost Free
Bookings This event is free but you must RSVP before 1 October using the 'Book online' link or by email. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

An entertaining evening of short talks, wine and nibbles in the company of some of Auckland’s most inspirational and pioneering sustainable-living practitioners.

MC Rick Leckinger (actor & broadcaster) from Keep Auckland Beautiful introduces:

Waveney Warth – Living a Year Without Waste
Leigh & Nicola – The Community Fruit Harvesting Project
Nicholas Mayne – Looking After Your Own Backyard
Adriana Christie – A Kingdom Build on Pallets
Tina & Rory Coombs – Dream House, Real Budget
Hamish Hopkinson – From Tiny Seeds Environment Centres Grow
Ewan Briggs – The House that Heats Itself
Finn Mackesy – Ponderings on Permaculture

RSVPs essential. This event is supported with North Local Board Community Funding awarded by Devonport Takapuna Local Board.
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10 Oct Bush Walk & Talk
When Sat, 10 October. 9.30-11.30am.
Where Fernglen Gardens, Birkenhead
Cost $18 for series of 3 walks
Bookings Book online
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Two hour guided educational bush-walks with horticulturist Leslie Haines.

This series of three walks focuses on spring flowers in North Shore reserves (it can only be booked as a group of walks.)

3 October – Centennial Park, Campbells Bay
10 October – Fernglen, Birkenhead
24 October – Pompallier Reserve, Birkenhead

Booking is essential – the meeting points will be advised on booking.

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10 Oct Browns Bay Town Centre Tidy Up
When Sat, 10 October. 10am-12noon.
Where meet at Phoenix Plaza (by the bandstand), bottom of Inverness Road, Browns Bay
Cost Free
Bookings Groups of more than 5 people please register you are coming by email.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Tidy UpShow your town centre and local parks some love and join in this fun community tidy-up.

Choose a route, grab your bag and gloves, buddy up with other people and go!

All volunteers are invited to the Tidy Up party lunch at Sherwood Park playground afterwards.

10
- 24 Oct
Renovating Your Home course
When Sat, 10 - Sat, 24 October
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost $65 for 3 part course
Bookings Book online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Learn how to create a passive solar, healthy, energy and water efficient living environment that will keep saving you money year after year.

These workshops will appeal to those considering or planning renovations at home, as well as those who want to make some simple changes without too much cost or work. Participants are welcome to bring along their own plans to be discussed and improved as examples.

Tutor: Johann Bernhardt

Johann Bernhardt is the director of Bernhardt Architecture Ltd. He has a PhD in urban development from Paris University VIII, and a lifelong interest in sustainability which was an integral part of his professional work as architect, urban designer and researcher both in Berlin and internationally. He has contributed to a number of professional publications in this field.

Johann lectures on sustainable design and building at the Architecture Department of the University of Auckland (UoA).

He is the editor of the recently published book ‘A Deeper Shade of Green’ – sustainable urban development, building and architecture in New Zealand His New Zealand projects have featured on TV (i.e. ‘My House, My Castle’ in NZ, ‘The world’s greenest homes’ in Canada and the US) and in magazines.

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11 Oct The Good Life Tour
When Sun, 11 October. 9am-2pm.
Where Four properties in Rodney.
Cost Koha at each property is welcomed.
Bookings Bookings essential. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

green building pic webVisit four stunningly different eco homes & gardens and hear from their owners how they have created their own slice of ‘The Good Life’. The tour starts in Sandspit, then heads to two properties in Matakana before ending in Pakiri.

Spaces are limited to 20 per home visit and each home must be booked separately. On booking you will receive details of the property locations.

Guests are asked that they bring a $5 koha per person to each property to thank the hosts for their time. Please meet outside the property at the designated time and wait for event manager Toni van Tonder before proceeding. Those wishing and willing to carpool are to email Toni at [email protected]

PROPERTY DETAILS:

SANDSPIT 9am

Puririflat sits on the hill, overlooking the Sandspit inlet. The house is an iconic New Zealand Lockwood, built of solid timber. The Holts have a wood fired Rayburn which they use for cooking, heating their water, and provides wonderful central heating during the winter. Power comes from solar panels on the roof, sewage is processed by worms and the grey water by reeds. The house sits in 3acres, complete with organic olives and vines, as well as a large glass house, vege garden and orchard. Also in residence is a beautiful black and white  Ahipara sheep and Arakana hens which lay blue/green eggs.

MATAKANA 10.30am

Currently in the final stages of construction, the Brigg’s home is a passive solar, natural build using straw bale insulation, macrocarpa framing and clay plasters. It’s a three/four bedroom family home that the family have designed and optimised to largely heat itself over the winter. Their aim is to showcase a contemporary design using natural materials to achieve a house that is  low impact in build, use and demolition, and is warm, dry, comfortable, healthy and a pleasure to live in.

MATAKANA 11.30am

This home owner 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.

PAKIRI 1pm

Meet a family of 4 living in a 125 square metre mud brick home that they designed and built after their bungalow burnt to the ground 13 years ago. With a very limited budget and massive determination the Wards built the best house they could, that would be the cheapest to run. The property features an inside composting toilet, recycled timber, passive solar, gravity feed water, and permaculture garden.

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 Ubiquity Environment Hubs Aotearoa