Totally Sustainable Talks (Apr 5)

An evening of enviro banter on Thur 5th April

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5 Apr Totally Sustainable Talks (click here to book) 7pm - 9.30pm
COST: Free

Totally Sustainable Talks – An inspiring evening featuring five local stars who are creating a better future and building it from the community up.

Hear about their actions and solutions on Thursday 5 April, 2018 at The Vic Theatre, Devonport.
Talks start at 7pm followed by networking.

This is a free event and suitable for anyone who has an appetite for making the planet a better place and meeting with others who do too! You need to register as seats limited but its Free please go to

This event has been sponsored by the Devonport / Takapuna Local Board and by Think Electric Bikes.

About the speakers:

Eva Sherer: 

Community Gardens are a big opportunity to teach love of nature to the next generation

Eva Scherer has a Master degree in agriculture from Poland. For a number of years has been involved as a volunteer with Ngataringa Organic Garden (NOG). Eva is a herbs lover, she re-introduced knowledge of nettle health benefits. Designed and guided medicinal weed tours at past Eco Festivals. Involved local students to practice gardening with her as Junior Assistants. Last year she designed and ran Herb Fairies Academy at NOG.

Estella Lee:

Estella has become a household name in the Chinese community in Auckland – partly through her regular radio broadcasts and newspaper columns and partly through the enormous amount of community work she undertakes. Estella has been instrumental in helping to bring the conservation message to Auckland’s Chinese community.  Estella is also a member and Trustee of many community and service groups.

Stephen McLuckie:

Stephen McLuckie is the co-ordinator of Shore to Thrive, a strengths-based and community-led partnership project based in Auckland, New Zealand. The initiative is all about bringing people together, fermenting locally led change and positive outcomes in partnership with local people on Auckland’s North Shore. The role has supported Repair Cafes, Community Dinners, Clothes Shares, Road Safety initiatives, local Environmental Action, Parenting Programmes and a local community wellbeing survey. Stephen is passionate about connected communities, food security, social justice and inclusion and wants to live in an Auckland where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Richard Tong:  Richard set up the Devonport Community Recycling Centre  (the first of it’s kind in NZ) and is speaking on “40 years of waste”.   He’s also a well known community figure in the Devonport community and owns a resource management firm.

Cath O’Brien:  Cath runs art classes for kids ( at the Lake House and Mairangi Arts Centres using recycled materials.  She will be talking about teaching children about nature and sustainability through art and in particular, temporary art installations.

Our MC for the evening is Richelle Kahui-McConnell.  

Richelle has built her practice on encompassing the learnings of her traditional customs and teachings of her Maori and Samoan heritage. As an award winning restoration ecologist she is highly innovative in her approaches of restoring he tohu o te mauri (the signs of life) to Papatuanuku and Tangaroa. Her eclectic mahi is ‘out of the box’ in terms of what she does; from technical writing on the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan, designing and delivering the first mussel reef restoration or defining cultural health frameworks for significant infrastructure projects.

This event has been sponsored by the Devonport / Takapuna Local Board and by Think Electric Bikes.

Register now for this Free Event