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.

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

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

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14 Mar
- 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.

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

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

6 Apr North Shore Forest & Bird Meeting
When Mon, 6 April. 7.30pm.
Where Takapuna Senior Citizens room at the rear of Takapuna Libary, 9 The Strand, Takapuna
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, Church St, 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 Foundation North Ministry for the Environment Kaipatiki Local Board Ray White North Shore Sustainable Whanau Challenge