Ecofest is almost here!

Ecofest North kicks off on Saturday, 14 March with Family Fun Day at the Kaipatiki Centre. A whole range of activities and exhibits will be on show so that you can learn what we do and be inspired by what’s happening in your community.

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

Our major online event is The Sustainable Whanau Challenge. Ecofest North is supported by Auckland Council, and is proudly sponsored by Ray White North Shore. Contact Toni Van Tonder, Festival Manager 021 0246 0123 / [email protected] For all event information & bookings contact the Event Organiser in the listings below.

ONLINE EVENT CALENDAR  14 March – 12 April 2015

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28 Feb Bush Walk & Talk: Coastal Walks
When Sat, 28 February. 9.30-11.30am.
Where Various North Shore locations
Cost $18 for series of 3 walks
Bookings Booking essential as places are limited. Book online.
Contact Discovery Walks
482 1172
[email protected]

Discovery Walks LogoThe first of a series of 3 guided walks along coastal walkways led by Margi Keys from Discovery Walks. These walks are only bookable as a series.

28 Feb Tuff Crater Reserve

7 Mar Kaipatiki Esplanade, Birkdale

28 Mar Glenfield Coastal Walkway, Glenfield (starts at 9.00am)

PLEASE NOTE the 3rd walk is on 28 March, not 14 March as stated in the printed programme.

14 Mar The Paremoremo Inter Community Raft Race Cancelled
When Sat, 14 March. 1.30pm.
Where Library Point, Sanders Reserve, Paremoremo, North Shore, Auckland
Cost Free to attend. $200 per raft team
Bookings We are sorry that the Race Organisers have decided to cancel the Raft Race.
Contact Ridgeview Primary School and Local Community

Paremoremo Raft RaceWe are sorry that the Event Organisers have decided to cancel the Raft Race this year.

The Paremoremo Inter Community Raft race is a fundraiser for Ridgeview school, one of the smallest primary schools in Auckland. Teams from across the Waitemata Harbour come together to participate for the “Grit & Determination” Cup as well as other prizes including awards for eco-friendliness and sustainability. It is a fun community-owned and community-led event for the whole family to enjoy with stands of locally produced cakes, bakes and our local amazing mussel fritters and lamb burgers. As well as the Main Event, on our challenging Upper Harbour course, we have row boat races for the teens and ECO friendly mini raft design competitions for the little ones. The aim is to encourage people to come to Paremoremo and the beautiful Sanders Reserve and for them to enjoy an inclusive local community event in a sustainable way.

14 Mar Forest & Bird Tuff Crater Volunteering Morning
When Sat, 14 March. 9am-12pm.
Where Tuff Crater Reserve, Northcote. Access end of Warehouse Way, Northcote. Park in Canon car park
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up.
Contact Richard Hursthouse
North Shore Forest & Bird Protection Society
410 5339
[email protected]
forest_and_bird logoTuff Crater is North Shore Forest and Bird’s key restoration project. At our monthly working bees we work on weed control both in the Millennium Forest area and around the crater. We can cater for all levels of fitness and newcomers are assured of a warm welcome. Bring a spade, gloves, hand saw, pruners or a grubber if possible, some equipment may also be available.

If you’d like to be on the regular email notification list for Tuff Crater work days, please email [email protected] Training on weed recognition and weed control can be arranged.

14 Mar
- 12 Apr
Kaipatiki In-Home Sustainable Living Workshops
When Sat, 14 March - Sun, 12 April
Where In your home
Cost Free
Bookings Phone or email to arrange a time.
Contact Jennifer Kerr
Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust
630 0130 or 021 070 7601
[email protected]

PrintIf you live in the Kaipatiki Local Board area, invite five neighbours to your home to partake in a waste, gardening, water and energy workshop led by a sustainability workshop leader. Host receives a free gift eg compost system, garden bed, rain barrels, energy saving devices.

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
0212130213
[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
021949049
[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 Feeding the Fish and Invertebrates
When Sat, 14 March. 11am .
Where Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh
Cost Discovery Centre Admission
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoJoin the team at the Goat Island Marine Discovery centre and learn about the fish and invertebrates as you get the chance to feed them.

14 Mar Cycling on the road, An Introduction with Auckland Transport
When Sat, 14 March. 9am-2pm.
Where Takapuna
Cost Free
Contact Zane Bray
Auckland Transport
09 447 4345
[email protected]

Auckland TransportThis practical on-road session is for adults who can ride a bike in off-road environments, but want to learn the basics or be more comfortable riding on quieter roads.

The session will cover the safest place to ride on the road, how to manoeuvre your bike effectively, communicating with other road users, passing parked cars, turning left and right at intersections and navigating single-lane roundabouts.

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 The Good Life Workshops: Making Beer Bread
When Sun, 15 March. 2.00pm.
Where Devonport Community Garden, Cambria Reserve
Cost $5
Bookings Email Charlotte Smith to book
Contact Charlotte Smith
Devonport Community Garden
021949049
[email protected]

Devonport Community Garden logoDo you like beer? Do you like bread? Join the two together and make beer bread! This is one of a series of workshops encompassing the good life…think Tom and Barbara! Bring along a can of beer and a loaf tin.

15 Mar Ngataringa Garden Tour: Medicinal Weeds
When Sun, 15 March. 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 .
Where Ngataringa Organic Garden, 27 Lake Road, Devonport (opposite the garden centre)
Cost Free
Bookings No booking required
Contact Eva Scherer
Ngataringa Organic Garden
442 5799

Ngataringa Organic GardenWe will show visitors five common weeds that each have medicinal properties.

March – Sunday 15, 22, 29 and April –Sunday 12

Times – 10.30 11.30 12.30 each of the four Sundays

Illustrated booklets of common garden weeds with a short description of medicinal properties for sale $5.00.

15 Mar Tiritiri Matangi Island: Guided Walk for Photographers
When Sun, 15 March. 9am .
Where Tiritiri Matangi Island
Cost $25 + Ferry Fare
Bookings Bookings are essential. Email or visit website www.360discovery.co.nz to book.
Contact Mary-Ann Rowland
Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi
09 476 0010
[email protected]

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: www.360discovery.co.nz or phone 09 307
8005

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

Calling all Birds and Photographers

15 Mar Research Presentation: Crayfish Catchability
When Sun, 15 March. 11am .
Where Goast Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh
Cost Discovery Centre Admission
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoVisit the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and discover which factors affect the catchability of crayfish? Led by Pamela Kane, this research presentation will answer all your cray-fishy questions.

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.
16 Mar Turning Trash Into Treasure for Young Children
When Mon, 16 March. 4.30pm - 5.30pm.
Where Silverdale Kindergarden, 2 Longmore Ln, Silverdale
Cost $40 per centre.
Bookings Please RSVP to [email protected] as numbers are limited.
Contact Turning Trash into Treasure for Young Children
09 443 3706
[email protected]
Trash2treasure 1A workshop for early childhood teachers on the multi-award winning project “Turning Trash into Treasure for Young Children”. Including science experiments using everyday waste materials, and creative ideas that centres can incorporate into the curriculum. These ideas inspire and enrich teaching practice. This professional development is about transforming rubbish into learning experiences for children, to stimulate their learning.

The cost of the workshop is $40 per centre. Each centre will receive a complimentary copy of ‘Turning Trash into Treasure for Young Children’ by Adam Buckingham (RRP $30).
Come and collect a free ‘car’ courtesy of the Rodney District Council Environmental Education Fund (one per centre) valued at $80 following the workshop.
This offer is available only to early childhood centres within the former Rodney District.
17 Mar Eco Design Seminar: Top Ten Tips on Buying A Home
When Tue, 17 March. 6-7.30pm .
Where Ray White office, 256 Forrest Hill Rd, Forrest Hill
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.

17 Mar Beginner Bike training for Adults
When Tue, 17 March. 6pm-8pm.
Where Glenfield
Cost Free
Contact Zane Bray
Auckland Transport
09 447 4345
[email protected]

Auckland TransportIf you are new to riding, haven’t been on a bike for a while, or lack confidence, this session is for you.

This very relaxed practical session is run entirely off the road and provides plenty of opportunity to learn and practice the basics. At the session there will be separate ‘learn to ride’ instruction for anybody who has never ridden a bike, while other participants will practice changing gears, braking, and bike control. Bikes are provided for those who need one.

17 Mar Green Shopping with a Difference: Presentation
When Tue, 17 March. 10-11.30am.
Where Birkenhead Library Community Room Corner Hinemoa St and Rawane Rd, Birkenhead
Cost Free
Bookings Phone or email to book.
Contact Sarah Thomson
Wellness Allover ltd
0220624986
[email protected]

Giving you more choice to make a difference – Home, Personal, Environmental, Work/Life Balance.

Online Green Shopping with a difference. How would you like the opportunity to buy better, safer products at competitive prices and have them delivered to your door directly from the manufacturer? We would love to win your business and have you shop with us, we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all products! Come along and find out how you can also access a sustainable, legitimate, fun, supportive way to increase your family income.

18 Mar Centennial Park Volunteer work days
When Wed, 18 March. 8.30am-12pm.
Where Centennial Park, Campbells Bay. Work locations vary - email or phone ahead.
Cost Free
Contact Richard Hursthouse
Centennial Park Bush Society
0212161296
[email protected]

Centennial Park Bush SocCome and volunteer in Centennial Park. Mostly we will be weeding but sometimes we will be doing track work or mulching.

18 Mar Grow Me Well Workshop 1: Is Food Really That Important?
When Wed, 18 March. 10am-12.30pm .
Where 203 Manuka Rd. Glenfield
Cost $20
Bookings Email to register
Contact Dee Pigneguy
Feed Me Right & Grow Me Well
444 9342
[email protected]
Dee and gardenThe body we live in depends on Us: An introduction to nutrients in food. The importance of Real Foods. Eating to maximize nutrients with vegetables and nature’s living foods including nuts, seeds and fruits. Why you don’t need to count calories to beat the Obesity Epidemic. Practical quick breads and muffins.
18 Mar The Kowhai Park Project Weeding Bee
When Wed, 18 March. 9.30am .
Where Kowhai Park Car Park (far end by foot bridge), Hill Street intersection, Warkworth
Cost Free
Bookings Bookings not required- just turn up with a smile :)
Contact Tim Ellison
The Kowhai Park Project
022-037-2900
[email protected]

Kowhai Park weed working bee miniJoin the volunteers of the Kowhai Park Project and help out in this weeding bee. The team are focussing on forest restoration. So bring your gardening gloves, your friends and your smiles.

18 Mar Bike Care and Maintenance
When Wed, 18 March. 6pm-8pm.
Where Takapuna
Cost Free
Contact Zane Bray
Auckland Transport
09 447 4345
[email protected]

Auckland TransportThis fun interactive workshop takes the mystery out of the bicycle. We’ll show you how to do a basic inspection to make sure your bike is in safe working order. You’ll also learn how to check your brakes and gears, clean your bike and how to fix the dreaded flat tyre.

Participants can bring their own bikes, or we can provide one to practice on.

19 Mar Forest & Bird Tuff Crater Working Bees
When Thu, 19 March. 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where Access end of Warehouse Way , Northcote. Park in Canon carpark and follow signs
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up
Contact Anne Denny
Forest & Bird Protection Society
480 5570
[email protected]

forest_and_bird logo*Multiple dates for this event – 19 March, 26 March, 2 April, and 9 April. Same time for all dates.

These working bees are held regularly on Thursday, between 9.30am – 12.30pm, and are similar to the monthly Saturday work. All levels of fitness and expertise catered for.
21 Mar Kiwi Conservation Club: Big Autumn Bug Hunt
When Sat, 21 March. 1.30pm.
Where The road through Centennial Park can be accessed from the end of Rae Rd, off Aberdeen Rd, or between 182 and 186 Beach Rd, Campbells Bay. Park and meet at the pine tree car park below the tennis courts.
Cost Free
Bookings Register by phone or email by 16 March
Contact Marilyn Gulliver
North Shore Forest & Bird Protection Society
478 5562
[email protected]
forest_and_bird logoWhat will we find when we go hunting for little creatures in the bush and streams of an Urban Sanctuary? The Campbells Bay Urban Sanctuary is a community environmental project fostered by the Centennial Park Bush Society. They have been restoring the native bush habitat here for 30 years to recreate a natural environment for bird and insect life. What will we find wriggling in the stream, hiding under the leaf litter and living in the trees of this hidden regenerating bush habitat?
21 Mar Harvest Fair
When Sat, 21 March. 2-5pm .
Where Devonport Community Garden, Cambria Reserve, Devonport
Cost Free
Contact Charlotte Smith
Devonport Community Garden
021949049
[email protected]

Devonport Community Garden logoA fun community event with giant pumpkins, competitions, fruit salad roll!

21 Mar Laughter Yoga
When Sat, 21 March. 9.00am.
Where Bays Community Centre, Glen Rd, Browns Bay
Cost Donation
Bookings No booking necessary
Contact Louise Stevens
Laughter Yoga
0274 753 734
[email protected]

Gentle exercise and deep breathing whilst laughing. Laughter helps people with motivation, has lots of health benefits and most importantly helps improve mental health. By matching laughing for no reason and movement the body increases oxygen and converts stress into happy endorphins. The event would have an environmental theme to stimulate awareness of what is available on the North Shore.

21 Mar Sustainable Edible Garden Workshop
When Sat, 21 March. 10.30am-1.00pm .
Where "Whole Health Hinemoa" 150 Hinemoa St, (up driveway). Park in street please!
Cost $40
Bookings Max: 20 participants. Email to book.
Contact Dee Pigneguy
444 9342
[email protected]
Dee and gardenGeoff will show you the infrastructure elements you need for long term sustainability.
Infrastructure elements:
-Water catchment system, pressure pump, time and date automatic distribution system
-Bed construction techniques
-Compost systems – bin, bokashi, shredding layering and screening systems and techniques.
-Shade and greenhouse systems
-Chicken housing and keeping systems – using chickens as tractors and a fertiliser source
-Large scale worm farming and related use
Dee will introduce you to Productive Plants for the Summer Garden
-Maintaining high productivity during the hot summer weather
-Guidelines for watering and mulching
-Natural pest and disease control
-Plants to grow for soil fertility
-The beneficial insect garden for pollination
-Tips for growing Tomatoes in Containers
-Planting the kumera bed
21 Mar A Rocha Community Planting Day
When Sat, 21 March. 9am-12pm .
Where Alexandra Creek alongside the Unsworth to Rosedale Cycle Path, Unsworth Reserve, Unsworth Heights
Cost Free
Bookings Just come along, bring a spade if you have one.
Contact Nicholas Mayne
A Rocha Auckland
022 0662963
[email protected]

new_zealandThis is the first of three potential community planting days that A Rocha Auckland will be doing in Unsworth Reserve this year. Following up on earlier work they will be planting trees and grasses along the banks of Alexandra stream.

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.

21 Mar Flax Academy
When Sat, 21 March. various.
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost $190 (5 week course of 10 sessions)
Bookings Booking essential as places are limited. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project with Judy Te Hiwi
482 1172
[email protected]

judy and young weaverCourse days and times: Saturdays 10am-2pm and Sundays 11am-1pm
Course dates: Saturday 21 March – Sunday 19 April

To get good at weaving takes time and practice. Judy Te Hiwi’s intensive course is designed to turn beginner weavers into confident, independent weavers. Participants in Flax Academy often go on to form their own social weaving group.

This comprehensive 30 hour course instills participants in the skills, techniques and practices of Mahi Raranga (Maori flax-weaving) using locally sourced harakeke.

21 Mar Restoration Bites
When Sat, 21 March. various.
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost $45 normal rate/$10 low or unwaged (4 week course)
Bookings Register online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

KPEC logoCourse dates & times:

Saturday 21 March, 1 – 4pm

Saturday 28 March, 9am- 12 noon

Saturday 11 April, 9am- 12 noon

Saturday 18 April, 9am- 12 noon

Please note: we are taking a break for one week in the middle of this series for the Easter holidays.
This highly practical, hands-on course is for landowners and tenants of bush-clad properties primarily, or anyone with an interest in working in restoration.  The idea is to enable a person or group to look after an area of bush, making informed decisions about how to tackle a project, over the coming seasons, for success.

Topics will include weed and plant identification, how to control a range of invasive weeds, site preparation & maintenance, and planting.

 

21 Mar Nana-Technology: Kitchen Table Herbal Medicine
When Sat, 21 March. 10am-1pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost $35 per person
Bookings Booking essential - book online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project with Anissa Ljanta
482 1172
[email protected]

KPEC logoTutor Anissa Ljanta will show you three commonly found medicinal plants and their uses. She’ll guide you through how to safely soothe common health complaints using the plants around and show you how to gather and store medicinal plants. Anissa will also demonstrate how to make medicines, particularly poultices and tinctures.

This three hour course includes a copy of the Plant Medicine Handbook to take home and a delicious home-made morning tea.

22 Mar Community Fruit Harvesting Workshop: Tomato Relish & Preserves
When Sun, 22 March. 2.00pm .
Where Devonport Community Garden, Cambria Reserve, Devonport
Cost $5
Bookings Email Charlotte Smith to book
Contact Charlotte Smith
Devonport Community Garden
021949049
[email protected]

Devonport Community Garden logoJoin the Community Fruit Harvesting team as they join The Devonport Community Garden and lead one of a series of workshops encompassing the good life…think Tom and Barbara!

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
0211107148
[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 https://frocksonbikes.wordpress.com/auckland/contact-auckland/
 10.30am-2pmish, Sunday 22 March (29 March rain date)
22 Mar Ngataringa Garden Tour: Medicinal Weeds
When Sun, 22 March. 10.30, 11.30, 12.30.
Where Ngataringa Organic Garden, 27 Lake Road, Devonport (opposite the garden centre)
Cost Free
Bookings No bookings required
Contact Eva Scherer
Ngataringa Organic Garden
442 5799

Ngataringa Organic GardenWe will show visitors five common weeds that each have medicinal properties.

March – Sunday 15, 22, 29 and April –Sunday 12

Times – 10.30 11.30 12.30 each of the four Sundays

Illustrated booklets of common garden weeds with a short description of medicinal properties for sale $5.00.

22 Mar Tiritiri Matangi Island: Guided Walk for Ornithologists
When Sun, 22 March. 9am .
Where Tiritiri Matangi Island
Cost $25 + Ferry Fare
Bookings Bookings are essential. Email or visit website www.360discovery.co.nz to book.
Contact Mary-Ann Rowland
Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi
09 476 0010
[email protected]

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: www.360discovery.co.nz or phone 09 307
8005

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

Calling all Birds and Photographers

22 Mar Rock Pool Tour on Goat Island
When Sun, 22 March. 3pm .
Where Goat Island Beach 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 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
WORKSHOP OUTLINE:
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
22 Mar Totally Sustainable Talks: Kai in the Community
When Sun, 22 March. 6.30pm.
Where Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
Cost $30 or 4 for $100. Wine and nibbles included
Bookings Book places online. Book online.
Contact Toni van Tonder
Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre
[email protected]

KPEC logoJoin the Kaipatiki Project team as we introduce the first edition of new series of talks on sustainability in Auckland: Kai in our Community. Led by Sustainable Business Network Director Rachel Brown, our speakers will discuss their organisation’s place in the sustainable production and distribution of food in our city. They’ll be sharing their personal stories on what led them to have a strong environmental core, and how this has impacted the way they see the world and the way they want the world to see; leaving you with plenty of food for thought.

Speakers:

Cissy Rock: Kai Auckland

Di Celliers: Community Fruit Harvesting

Finn Mackesy: Auckland Permaculture Workshop

Emily Dowding-Smith: Restorative Food Project

Catherine Bell: Garden To Table

Jake Morgan: South Kaipara Food Revolution

Doors open at 6.30. The event begins at 7pm

22 Mar Bush Walk & Talk: Food Foraging
When Sun, 22 March. 9.30-11.30am.
Where Awaruku Reserve, Torbay (participants will receive meeting point address on booking)
Cost $10
Bookings Booking essential as numbers are limited. Book online.
Contact Discovery Walks
482 1172
[email protected]

Discovery Walks Logo“There’s food in them there hills!” – tasty, nutritious, free and fun to forage for.

Join native flora and fauna enthusiast Margi Keys for a fascinating one-off walk to seek out the entirely edible bush tucker lurking in suburban Torbay.

Margi’s Bush Walk & Talk series of walks extends throughout the year – for details go to the COURSES menu above.

24 Mar Eco Design Seminar: Top Ten Tips on Buying A Home
When Tue, 24 March. 6-7.30pm .
Where Ray White office, Shop 501, Level 5 Westfield, 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.

24 Mar Green Shopping with a Difference: Presentation
When Tue, 24 March. 10-11.30am.
Where Birkenhead Library Community Room Corner Hinemoa St and Rawene Rd, Birkenhead
Cost Free
Bookings Phone or email to book.
Contact Sarah Thomson
Wellness Allover ltd
0220624986
[email protected]

Giving you more choice to make a difference – Home, Personal, Environmental, Work/Life Balance.

Online Green Shopping with a difference. How would you like the opportunity to buy better, safer products at competitive prices and have them delivered to your door directly from the manufacturer? We would love to win your business and have you shop with us, we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all products! Come along and find out how you can also access a sustainable, legitimate, fun, supportive way to increase your family income.

24 Mar Laughter Yoga
When Tue, 24 March. 9.30am.
Where Senior Citizens Hall, Glenfield
Cost Donation
Bookings No booking required
Contact Louise Stevens
Laughter Yoga
0274 753734
[email protected]

Gentle exercise and deep breathing whilst laughing. Laughter helps people with motivation, has lots of health benefits and most importantly helps improve mental health. By matching laughing for no reason and movement the body increases oxygen and converts stress into happy endorphins The event would have an environmental theme to stimulate awareness of what is available on the North Shore.

25 Mar Centennial Park Volunteer work days
When Wed, 25 March. 8.30am-12pm.
Where Centennial Park, Campbells Bay. Work locations vary - email or phone ahead.
Cost Free
Contact Richard Hursthouse
Centennial Park Bush Society
0212161296
[email protected]

Centennial Park Bush SocCome and volunteer in Centennial Park. Mostly we will be weeding but sometimes we are doing track work or mulching.

25 Mar Grow Me Well Workshop 2: Healthy Eating with the Kids
When Wed, 25 March. 10am-12.30pm .
Where 203 Manuka Rd. Glenfield
Cost $20
Bookings Email to book
Contact Dee Pigneguy
Feed Me Right & Grow Me Well
444 9342
[email protected]
Dee and gardenRecognising why your kids eat the way they do. How to feel fuller longer. How to stock your fridge to eliminate bingeing. Practical, nutrient rich breakfasts and healthy lunches. Replacing the sugar-laden carbohydrates with healthy proteins.
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.
26 Mar Forest & Bird Tuff Crater Working Bees
When Thu, 26 March. 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where Access end of Warehouse Way , Northcote. Park in Canon carpark and follow signs.
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up.
Contact Anne Denny
North Shore Forest & Bird Protection Society
480 5570
[email protected]

forest_and_bird logo*Multiple dates for this event – 19 March, 26 March, 2 April, and 9 April. Same time for all dates.

These working bees are held regularly on Thursday, between 9.30am – 12.30pm, and are similar to the monthly Saturday work. All levels of fitness and expertise catered for.
26 Mar Film: Bidder 70
When Thu, 26 March. 6.45pm .
Where Matakana Cinemas, 2 Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana
Cost $13
Bookings Call to book
Contact Dan Paine
Matakana Cinemas
09 423 0218
Matakana cinemas logoTim DeChristopher is Bidder 70, a young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.
27 Mar 4th Annual International Yoga Festival
When Fri, 27 March. 5.00pm.
Where Kawai Purapura. 14 Mills Lane, Albany
Cost Free-$199
Bookings Book online.
Contact Jenny Cottingham
Kawai Purapura
0272214645
[email protected]
In New Zealand, we are on the edge of an exciting future. Social consciousness is blossoming into an integration of health care, social concerns and spiritual awareness. Kawai Purapura reflects this integration, providing an environment that fosters a sense of peace and well-being. From Australia to India, and from the USA to NZ, inspiring teachers and masters will share their understanding of the “inner wisdom of yoga” and “yoga and the creative process.” Our venues will be focused havens of learning…and fun!
 27 March 5.00pm- 29 March
28 Mar North Shore Forest & Bird Shoal Bay Walk
When Sat, 28 March. 11.30am-1.00pm.
Where Shoal Bay, Northcote. Meet at the end of the Charles Street cul de sac, off Francis St, Takapuna
Cost Free
Bookings Register by phone or email.
Contact Richard Hursthouse
North Shore Forest & Bird Protection Society
410 5339
[email protected]
forest_and_bird logoJoin us on Saturday, 28 March at 11.30 am where we will explore the northern side of Shoal Bay, looking at the geology, botany and some of the many shorebirds that live and feed there. High tide is 2pm. Bring binoculars and waterproof footwear.
28 Mar Youth Entrepreneur Markets
When Sat, 28 March. 9am-1pm.
Where 130 Beach Haven Road, Beach Haven
Cost $5 per table
Bookings Email to book a spot.
Contact Carla Van Walen
Birkdale Beach Haven Community Project
0272227462 or 483 9149
[email protected]
Beach haven community projectA market designed for kids to sell their old toys, crafts or baking. Also to share their musical talents with a busking stage. Limited spots so book today just $5!
28 Mar Eco Concert
When Sat, 28 March. 7.30pm .
Where Kawai Purapura Conference Centre, 14 Mills Lane, Albany
Cost $25
Bookings Email to book
Contact Ashley
Kawai Purapura
[email protected]

Eco Concert of Devotional Singing and Performance.Kawai-Purapura-logo-hi-res

28 Mar 4th Annual International Yoga Festival
When Sat, 28 March. All Day.
Where Kawai Purapura. 14 Mills Lane, Albany
Cost Free-$199
Bookings Book online Book online.
Contact Jenny Cottingham
Kawai Purapura
09 415 9468
[email protected]

Kawai-Purapura-logo-hi-resIn New Zealand, we are on the edge of an exciting future. Social consciousness is blossoming into an integration of health care, social concerns and spiritual awareness. Kawai Purapura reflects this integration, providing an environment that fosters a sense of peace and well-being. From Australia to India, and from the USA to NZ, inspiring teachers and masters will share their understanding of the “inner wisdom of yoga” and “yoga and the creative process.” Our venues will be focused havens of learning…and fun!

This festival runs all weekend – 27 March 5.00pm- 29 March 5.00pm

28 Mar Our Amazing Place Family Challenge & Fun Day
When Sat, 28 March. 1pm-6pm.
Where Starts from Albany House, Albany Domain, 575 Albany Highway
Cost Free
Bookings Email to book
Contact Kristi Shaw
Albany Community Coordinator
448 5363 or 027 4155205
[email protected]

OAP logoA Community treasure hunt, exploring Albany, its natural environment, and the people and groups that make up its community. After the treasure hunt there will be entertainment on the Albany Domain.

1pm to 4pm for the Treasure Hunt and 4pm to 6pm for entertainment.

28 Mar Living Sustainably Family Activities
When Sat, 28 March. All Day .
Where Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh
Cost Discovery Centre Admission
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoVisit the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and pick up a booklet of family activities. Learn about living sustainably and have fun whilst doing so.

28 Mar Natural Silk Dyeing Workshop
When Sat, 28 March. 10am-3pm.
Where Devonport Community Garden, Mt Cambria, Devonport
Cost $75
Bookings Call or email to book. Cash upon arrival
Contact Aiko Fukumoto
Herbal Tea Club
021 987 727
[email protected]

Natural Silk Dyeing Work Shop with JapenseLearn how to dye silk and other fabrics using salt or vinegar as natural mordant and tie-dyeing technique. Also learn about the traditional Japanese Indigo Dyeing process. Bring your own lunch.

28 Mar Bush Walk & Talk: Coastal Walks
When Sat, 28 March. 9.00-11.00am.
Where Various North Shore locations.
Cost $18 for series of 3 walks.
Bookings Booking essential as places are limited. Book online.
Contact Discovery Walks
482 1172
[email protected]

Discovery Walks LogoThe first of a series of 3 guided walks along coastal walkways led by Margi Keys from Discovery Walks. These walks are only bookable as a series.

28 Feb Tuff Crater Reserve

7 Mar Kaipatiki Esplanade, Birkdale

28 Mar Glenfield Coastal Walkway, Glenfield

PLEASE NOTE the 3rd walk is on 28 March, not 14 March as stated in the printed programme.

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.
28 Mar Tour of the Sculptural Habitat
When Sat, 28 March. 10am .
Where The Protea Patch carpark, 545 Matakana Rd, Warkworth
Cost $5
Bookings Call or text to book.
Contact Wendy M
Call: 09-4258277, Text: 021 623242
Sculptural Habitat 2The Sculptural Habitat is a tranquil garden where natural sculptures and artworks demonstrate the ongoing process of change. Filtered light, shapes and shadows combined with water, colour, movement, space and plantings enhance the habitat, making it an inspiring place to visit.
29 Mar Snail Racing Championships
When Sun, 29 March. 2.00pm.
Where Devonport Community Garden, Cambria Reserve, Devonport
Cost Gold Coin Donation
Bookings Turn up on the day with your racing snail
Contact Charlotte Smith
Devonport Community Garden
021949049
[email protected]

Devonport Community Garden logoSnail race of the year! Bring along your speedy snail to compete for the lettuce cup!

 

29 Mar 4th Annual International Yoga Festival
When Sun, 29 March. All Day.
Where Kawai Purapura. 14 Mills Lane, Albany
Cost Free-$199
Bookings Book online Book online.
Contact Jenny Cottingham
Kawai Purapura
09 415 9468
[email protected]

Kawai-Purapura-logo-hi-resIn New Zealand, we are on the edge of an exciting future. Social consciousness is blossoming into an integration of health care, social concerns and spiritual awareness. Kawai Purapura reflects this integration, providing an environment that fosters a sense of peace and well-being. From Australia to India, and from the USA to NZ, inspiring teachers and masters will share their understanding of the “inner wisdom of yoga” and “yoga and the creative process.” Our venues will be focused havens of learning…and fun!

This festival runs all weekend – 27 March 5.00pm- 29 March 5.00pm

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

29 Mar Ngataringa Garden Tour: Medicinal Weeds
When Sun, 29 March. 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 .
Where Ngataringa Organic Garden, 27 Lake Road, Devonport (opposite the garden centre)
Cost Free
Bookings No bookings required
Contact Eva Scherer
Ngataringa Organic Garden
442 5799

Ngataringa Organic GardenWe will show visitors five common weeds that each have medicinal properties.

March – Sunday 15, 22, 29 and April –Sunday 12

Times – 10.30 11.30 12.30 each of the four Sundays

Illustrated booklets of common garden weeds with a short description of medicinal properties for sale $5.00.

29 Mar Starting The Change Beach Clean Up
When Sun, 29 March. 10.00am .
Where Long Bay Regional Park
Cost Free
Bookings Email to book (optional) or just turn up.
Contact Emma Wingrove
Starting the Change
02102422242
[email protected]
Beach Clean Up 3Removal of all types of rubbish from our local North Shore beaches, rocky shore and adjacent parks
29 Mar Tiritiri Matangi Island: Guided Walk for Photographers
When Sun, 29 March. 9am .
Where Tiritiri Matangi Island
Cost $25 + Ferry Fare
Bookings Bookings essential. Email or visit website www.360discovery.co.nz to book.
Contact Mary-Ann Rowland
Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi
09 476 0010
[email protected]

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: www.360discovery.co.nz or phone 09 307
8005

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

Calling all Birds and Photographers

29 Mar Feeding the Fish and Invertebrates
When Sun, 29 March. 2pm .
Where Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh
Cost Discovery Centre Admission
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoJoin the team at the Goat Island Marine Discovery centre and learn about the fish and invertebrates as you get the chance to feed them.

29 Mar Tour of the Sculptural Habitat
When Sun, 29 March. 10am .
Where The Protea Patch carpark, 545 Matakana Rd, Warkworth
Cost $5
Bookings Call or text to book.
Contact Wendy M
Call: 09 425 8722 or Text: 021 623242
Sculptural Habitat 2The Sculptural Habitat is a tranquil garden where natural sculptures and artworks demonstrate the ongoing process of change. Filtered light, shapes and shadows combined with water, colour, movement, space and plantings enhance the habitat, making it an inspiring place to visit.
31 Mar Verran Eskdale Restoration Group Open Day
When Tue, 31 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 the Ecofest, we are holding two events (see date and times), 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.

31 Mar Green Shopping with a Difference: Presentation
When Tue, 31 March. 7-8.30pm.
Where Birkenhead Library Community Room Corner Hinemoa St and Rawene Rd, Birkenhead
Cost Free
Bookings Call or email to book.
Contact Sarah Thomson
Wellness Allover ltd
0220624986
[email protected]

Giving you more choice to make a difference – Home, Personal, Environmental, Work/Life Balance.

Online Green Shopping with a difference. How would you like the opportunity to buy better, safer products at competitive prices and have them delivered to your door directly from the manufacturer? We would love to win your business and have you shop with us, we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all products! Come along and find out how you can also access a sustainable, legitimate, fun, supportive way to increase your family income.

1 Apr Centennial Park Volunteer work days
When Wed, 1 April. 8.30am-12pm.
Where Centennial Park Campbells Bay. Work locations vary - email or phone ahead.
Cost Free
Contact Richard Hursthouse
Centennial Park Bush Society
0212161296
[email protected]

Centennial Park Bush SocCome and volunteer in Centennial Park. Mostly we will be weeding but sometimes we are doing track work or mulching.

1 Apr Nursery Bites
When Wed, 1 April. 1-4pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost $60 normal rate/$10 low or unwaged (7 week course)
Bookings Register online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre
482 1172
[email protected]

KPEC logoAimed 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.

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

The following topics will be covered:

Seed collection, storage, sowing and eco-sourcing for native plants
Collect seed in Eskdale Reserve, then learn to sow the seed, some tricks to get them to germinate and how to pot seedlings on.

New plants from old
How to do cuttings, and divide ground-covers so you get many plants for the price of one.

Revegetation, pioneering & scrubland plants
Learn how our bush regenerates itself onto bare ground and how to get your own area of bush started. A trip to a scrubland area will show pioneering plants in their natural habitat.

Broadleaf/podocarp forest plants
Meet our forest giants and learn their names

Coastal plants
What should I plant on windy, exposed sites?

Wetland & riparian plants
How to create your own wetland area and choose the right plants. Come and see how Forest & Bird North Shore are progressing replanting Tuff Crater.

Planting to feed our birds all year round
What do native birds eat and when are the seeds ready? A visit to wonderful Smith’s Bush will reveal just how many birds can live in a small area given the right combination of plants they love to feed from.

Threatened plants
What are the threats to our plants and how can we help bring them back from the brink?

 

Prices

We have a real passion for plants and for teaching people more about caring for the bush. We don’t think that money should be a major factor in people’s education.

Because of this, we have now introduced a two-tier pricing structure, with a limited number of cheaper tickets. If you’re working or think you can afford it, please pay the full price. If you’re a student or unwaged, feel free to pay the lower price. Nursery Bites has been generously supported by the Birkenhead Licencing Trust.

1 Apr Ecofest Film and Director’s Talk: The Man From Coxs River
When Wed, 1 April. 6.30pm .
Where Matakana Cinemas, 2 Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana
Cost $16
Bookings Call cinema for booking information.
Contact Matakana Cinemas
09 423 0218
Matakana cinemas logoAustralian 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.
1 Apr The Kowhai Park Project Weeding Bee
When Wed, 1 April. 9.30am.
Where Kowhai Park Car Park (far end by foot bridge), Hill Street intersection, Warkworth
Cost Free
Bookings Bookings not required- just turn up with a smile :)
Contact Tim Ellison
The Kowhai Park Project
022 037 2900
[email protected]

Kowhai Park weed working bee miniJoin the volunteers of the Kowhai Park Project and help out in this weeding bee. The team are focussing on forest restoration. So bring your gardening gloves, your friends and your smiles.

2 Apr Forest & Bird Tuff Crater Working Bees
When Thu, 2 April. 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where Access end of Warehouse Way , Northcote. Park in Canon carpark and follow signs.
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up.
Contact Anne Denny
North Shore Forest & Bird Protection Society
480 5570
[email protected]

forest_and_bird logo*Multiple dates for this event – 19 March, 26 March, 2 April, and 9 April. Same time for all dates.

These working bees are held regularly on Thursday, between 9.30am – 12.30pm, and are similar to the monthly Saturday work. All levels of fitness and expertise catered for.
4 Apr Centennial Park Volunteer work days
When Sat, 4 April. 9am-12pm.
Where Centennial Park, Campbells Bay. Work locations vary - email or phone ahead.
Cost Free
Contact Richard Hursthouse
Centennial Park Bush Society
0212161296
[email protected]

Centennial Park Bush SocCome and volunteer in Centennial Park. Mostly we will be weeding but sometimes we will be doing track work or mulching.

4 Apr Beach Clean Up with Marine Discovery Centre
When Sat, 4 April. 2pm .
Where Goat Island Beach
Cost Free
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoJoin the team and volunteers at the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and help clean up the beach.

4 Apr A Celebration of Pacific Cuisine
When Sat, 4 April. 6pm-8pm .
Where Mahurangi River Winery, 162 Hamilton Road, Warkworth
Cost Donation
Bookings Bookings Essential. Call or email to book.
Contact Mahurangi River Winery
09 425 0306
[email protected]
Chef and author, Robert Oliver, [MKR, Gourmand Best Cookbook of the Year] & author Cath Koa Dunsford [Frankfurt Bookfair Guest of Honour Author] present a video presentation, reading and discussion on growing and cooking sustainable Pacific food and ecology with questions from audience and book signing.
A Celebration of Pacific Cuisine 1
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 www.360discovery.co.nz 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: www.360discovery.co.nz or phone 09 307
8005

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

5 Apr Research Presentation: Sharks
When Sun, 5 April. 11am .
Where Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh
Cost Discovery Centre Admission
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoCome and visit the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and learn all about sharks. This research presentation looks at whether or not sharks can detect underwater power cables? Melanie Orr discusses her findings.

5 Apr Ride ‘N’ Repair, Orewa
When Sun, 5 April. 10am-12pm.
Where Western Reserve, 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.

6 Apr North Shore Forest & Bird Meeting
When Mon, 6 April. 7.30pm.
Where Takapuna Senior Citizens room at the rear of Takapuna Libary
Cost A small donation is appreciated to cover costs.
Bookings Just come along - non members welcome.
Contact Liz Anstey
North Shore Forest & Bird Protection Society
480 1545
[email protected]
forest_and_bird logoMeetings are held on the first Monday of each month, usually with a guest speaker.
However, as this will be Easter Monday we will be showing a DVD. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm, starting with native of the month, weed of the month and environmental updates.  Non members welcome; join us for supper afterwards.
7 Apr Green Shopping with a Difference: Presentation
When Tue, 7 April. 7-8.30pm.
Where Birkenhead Library, Community Room, Corner Hinemoa St and Rawene Rd, Birkenhead.
Cost Free
Bookings Phone or email to book
Contact Sarah Thomson
Wellness Allover Ltd
0220624986
[email protected]

Giving you more choice to make a difference – Home, Personal, Environmental, Work/Life Balance.

Online Green Shopping with a difference. How would you like the opportunity to buy better, safer products at competitive prices and have them delivered to your door directly from the manufacturer? We would love to win your business and have you shop with us, we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all products! Come along and find out how you can also access a sustainable, legitimate, fun, supportive way to increase your family income.

8 Apr Centennial Park Volunteer work days
When Wed, 8 April. 8.30am-12pm.
Where Centennial Park, Campbells Bay. Work locations vary - email or phone ahead.
Cost Free
Contact Richard Hursthouse
Centennial Park Bush Society
0212161296
[email protected]

Centennial Park Bush SocCome and volunteer in Centennial Park. Mostly we will be weeding but sometimes we are doing track work or mulching.

9 Apr Forest & Bird Tuff Crater Working Bees
When Thu, 9 April. 9.30am-12.30pm .
Where Access end of Warehouse Way , Northcote. Park in Canon carpark and follow signs.
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up.
Contact Anne Denny
North Shore Forest & Bird Protection Society
480 5570
[email protected]

forest_and_bird logo*Multiple dates for this event – 19 March, 26 March, 2 April, and 9 April. Same time for all dates.

These working bees are held regularly on Thursday, between 9.30am – 12.30pm, and are similar to the monthly Saturday work. All levels of fitness and expertise catered for.
9 Apr Boost your Inner Ecology – Qigong for Health
When Thu, 9 April. 6.45pm-8pm .
Where Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, 14 Mills Lane, Albany
Cost $10
Bookings Visit website for all information. Book online.
Contact Kim Knight
Tao Health Qigong
TheArtofHealth_logodesign2Qigong are ancient Chinese exercises for health which balance our INNER ecology. It is often said our external world is a reflection of our internal environment: when we change our internal world and live in accordance with the ‘laws of health’ and ‘laws of life’, all areas of our life improve! The quality of our Qi (internal life force) determines the quality of our health and happiness, and by smoothing and unblocking our internal Qi we can optimize our health and prevent illness. Qigong is easy to learn, safe to practice and effective from the very first experience.
For a demo video see: http://taohealthqigong.com/p-yuan-gong-qi-gong-overview.html and for general information see www.taohealthqigong.com
Come and experience Qigong with Master Instructor and multi-award nominated health coach Kim Knight. No equipment necessary, just wear comfortable clothing. Suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness.
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.
11 Apr Top Tips for Starting Your Garden Patch
When Sat, 11 April. 10am .
Where Devonport Community Garden, Cambria Reserve, Devonport
Cost $5
Bookings Email Charlotte Smith to book
Contact Charlotte Smith
Devonport Community Garden
021949049
[email protected]

Devonport Community Garden logoA series of workshops encompassing the good life…think Tom and Barbara! Virgil Evett’s will host are monthly garden workshop. Giving you top tips for setting up your patch.

11 Apr Feeding the Fish and Invertebrates
When Sat, 11 April. 11am .
Where Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh
Cost Discovery Centre Admission
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoJoin the team at the Goat Island Marine Discovery centre and learn about the fish and invertebrates as you get the chance to feed them.

12 Apr Ngataringa Garden Tour: Medicinal Weeds
When Sun, 12 April. 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 .
Where Ngataringa Organic Garden, 27 Lake Road, Devonport (opposite the garden centre)
Cost Free
Bookings No bookings necessary
Contact Eva Scherer
Ngataringa Organic Garden
442 5799

Ngataringa Organic GardenWe will show visitors five common weeds that each have medicinal properties.

March – Sunday 15, 22, 29 and April –Sunday 12

Times – 10.30 11.30 12.30 each of the four Sundays

Illustrated booklets of common garden weeds with a short description of medicinal properties for sale $5.00.

12 Apr Tiritiri Matangi Island: Guided Walk for Photographers
When Sun, 12 April. 9am .
Where Tiritiri Matangi Island
Cost $25 + Ferry Cost
Bookings Bookings essential. Visit website www.360discovery.co.nz or email to book.
Contact Mary-Ann Rowland
Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi
09 476 0010
[email protected]

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: www.360discovery.co.nz or phone 09 307
8005

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

Calling all Birds and Photographers

12 Apr Goat Island Coastal Walkway Guided Walk
When Sun, 12 April. 11am .
Where Goat Island Coastal Walkway
Cost $15 adults, $5 children, $35 family (2 adults, 2 child).
Bookings Online at www.leighbythesea.co.nz from 1st March
Contact Wendy
Leigh Business Community
09 422 6202

 

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Join enthusiastic Leigh locals who will guide you on the first of a series of beautiful coastal walks. The Goat Island Coastal Walkway has spectacular views of many Hauraki Gulf islands. The well formed track starts uphill passing through replanted farmland and overlooking the marine reserve. It follows the coastline then passes through regenerating bush before emerging above Tabletop Reef. The walk will continue across farmland to Cape Rodney Road travelling a loop before rejoining the track and returning to the start.

The next weekend there will be a variety of other coastal walks to suit everyone including private land, bush, beach, tracks and rocky shores. Each walk will have a different theme that includes local history, photography, native plants, marine life or fossils. For the full programme see leighbythesea.co.nz

12 Apr Research Presentation: Whale Sounds in the Hauraki Gulf
When Sun, 12 April. 2pm .
Where Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh
Cost Discovery Centre Admission
Contact Marea Goode
Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
09 923 3645
[email protected]

GoatIslandLogoVisit the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and learn about the musicology of whales. Roslyn Putland will be taking time to report on her findings about whale sounds in the gulf. 

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.
12 Apr Preparing Your Autumn & Winter Garden
When Sun, 12 April. 12.30-2.30pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost $45 per person (3 week course)
Bookings Register online. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project with Dee Pigneguy
482 1172
[email protected]

Dee and gardenCourse dates: Sundays 12, 19 and 26 April

Dee Pigneguy’s course is designed to see you and your garden through from one season to the next, with no loss in productivity.

Topics will include:

– Harvesting the autumn crops

– Extending the growing season

– Succession planting

– No Dig gardening using Sheet Mulching

– Preparing  the soil for seed sowing and transplanting early crops

– Using organic practices for safe and healthy food

– Recycling the garden waste: making compost using beneficial micro-organisms

– Winter-proofing your vegetables

– The top dozen vegetables to grow now

– Learning about the cool and cold season crops

12 Apr The Kowhai Park Project Weeding Bee
When Sun, 12 April. 9.30am.
Where Kowhai Park Car Park (far end by foot bridge), Hill Street intersection, Warkworth
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up
Contact Tim Ellison
The Kowhai Park Project
022 037 2900
[email protected]

Kowhai Park weed working bee miniJoin the volunteers of the Kowhai Park Project and help out in this weeding bee. The team are focussing on forest restoration. So bring your gardening gloves, your friends and your smiles.

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

Auckland Council ASB Community Trust Ministry for the Environment Kaipatiki Local Board Ray White North Shore Sustainable Whanau Challenge