Kaipatiki  Enviro Fun Day– Saturday March 25th 2017

Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre in Birkdale is hosting a free enviro event on Saturday March 25th from 10-2pm. This event is set against native bush on Eskdale Reserve, Birkdale.

Bring your friends, family and colleagues to help celebrate our natural environment and find out how to live more sustainably.

Join us for a day of fun celebrating our unique local parks, bush and waterways. There will be heaps of events suitable for all ages in Eskdale Reserve and its all Free!

  • Backyard food production – All you need for a getting started and eating fresh and homegrown
  • Discover nature on our doorstep and learn about plants and wildlife with expert guides
  • Pest-free Kaipatiki – Help keep our local environment healthy and pest-free
  • Sustainable transportation – Local cycling, walking and public transport
  • Making smart choices – Take easy steps to help reduce our impact on the planet

Kaipatiki Enviro Fun Day is co-ordinated by Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre with support from Kaipatiki Local Board.

If you are interested in helping out on the day contact us  or being at the event please contact us here 

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Date Event
When Fri, 28 October. 10am-12pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost Free
Bookings Bookings required Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172

Learn how to supplement your pantry with seasonal produce, succession crops and perennials with gardening educator Judy Keats.
The focus will be on what to grow when, soil fertility and crop rotation.

This is a ‘hands-on’ workshop so wear gardening clothes and covered shoes/boots. We will be working on a 1m x 1m square plot.

Great for beginners.

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28 Oct FORETHOUGHT a talk like no other
When Fri, 28 October. 5.30pm start, talks begin 6pm.
Where Northart Gallery, Norman King Square, Northcote Town Centre
Cost $12
Bookings Bookings online have now closed although there will be door sales. Book online.
Contact Forethought
[email protected]

Two experts Jerome Partington (Jasmax Architects) & Dr. Alys Longley (the Fluid City Project) deliver short talks on seemingly unrelated topics, back-to-back. The floor is then opened for questions from an engaged and intrepid audience (that’s you!).

What ensues is an evening of lively discussion brought to you by Forethought. At this event, we’ll be delving into some of the less evident nooks and crannies of Sustainability. 

The night kicks off with nibbles (made by Honeytrap) at 5:30pm and a bottle of Zeffer cider, sponsors of Forethought talks.

Talks begin 6:00pm. 


Jerome Partington

As Sustainability Manager at Jasmax, one of New Zealand’s largest architecture & design firms, Jerome is uniquely placed to talk to the current considerations and consciousness of sustainability amongst those who build our world. Jerome works to guide designers and architects to harvest opportunities within projects and create smart, sustainable innovations. In addition, he engages in  client, staff, and industry education – primarily through championing of the Living Building Challenge. Jerome will speak to the process of bringing Tuhoe Te Uru Tamatea Living Building to life in partnership with Tuhoe, by engaging in restorative and regenerative practices and process.

Dr Alys Longley

Dr Alys Longley, Dance Studies lecturer and researcher at Auckland University, will share fascinating insights from her time as Principal Investigator for the Fluid City project. Fluid City comprised of a series of interactive arts events and engagements in and around Auckland, all designed to raise public awareness of water sustainability in and around Auckland. This innovative project was driven by a multidisciplinary collective of scientist, artists, educators, and environmental researchers,united by a common goal.


Check out some previous event podcasts.

29 Oct DISCOVERY DAY family fun
When Sat, 29 October. 9am-12pm.
Where Meet at the entrance to Eskdale Reserve, on Eskdale Road, Birkdale - beside the electricity substation
Cost Free; koha welcome
Bookings Bookings required as places are limited. Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Bush Walk and TalkTake a journey of discovery in Eskdale Reserve and get up close to the insects, stream-life and plants that call this place home – all with the help of our team of ‘on-the-spot ecologists’.

  • What is lurking in Eskdale Stream?
  • Who are the critters clinging to the leaves of trees or dangling from webs?
  • Which plants can heal or harm, produce food, dyes or medicine?
  • Plant and animal pests live here too – how to control them?

Talk to the experts and experience the unexpected on this guided ramble where you’ll meet:

Nicholas Martin – the bug man / terrestrial entemologist
Brett Stansfield – the stream man / freshwater ecologist
Char Bailie – Māori traditional uses for native plants
Derek Craig – plant and animal pests
Birthe Kortner – water quality in Eskdale Stream
Judy Te Hiwi – Paa Harakeke, a unique harakeke (flax) collection


29 Oct KNOW YOUR SOIL workshop
When Sat, 29 October. 9.30am-12pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost Free: koha welcome
Bookings Bookings essential - places are limited Book online.
Contact Kaipatiki Project with Trish Allen, permaculturist
482 1172
[email protected]

Discover the magic of soil, why is it so valuable?

Come along to find out how you can improve your soil and learn about Bio Char and Sheet Mulching.

For adults interested in gardening and/or permaculture.

Tutor: Trish Allen

trish-allen300x225Trish and her late husband Joe Polasicher founded the iconic, award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm in 1988 on permaculture principles and ethics. The farm in Matakana inspired thousands of people over 25 years in sustainable living and demonstrated the principles of permaculture in action. Trish travels internationally to speak about permaculture, and has established a village-scale model of permaculture that can be applied in any situation.

30 Oct BIKE KAIPATIKI fix & ride
When Sun, 30 October. 11am-3pm.
Where Beach Haven Community House, Shepherds Park, Beach Haven
Cost Free
Bookings No booking necessary - just turn up with your bike & helmet.
Contact Bike Kaipātiki

Join the Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust and Bike Kaipātiki team for a day of fun, rediscovering your bike and your confidence on the road.

The Bike Kaipātiki guys will help you to fix up ready for summer and take you on a road trip. For all ages.


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30 Oct EXPLORE TUFF CRATER guided walk
When Sun, 30 October. 2-4pm.
Where Meet at the bottom of Exmouth St (Heath Reserve), Northcote
Cost Free
Bookings Bookings essential - numbers are limited Book online.
Contact Anne Denny
North Shore Forest & Bird
[email protected]

Take an informative walk around the rim of this 200,000 year-old volcanic explosion crater, now a mangrove estuary and reserve which is being restored by Forest & Bird. Stretch your legs and get to know this amazing place on foot with Anne Denny.

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For all ages. The track here is well-maintained and mostly level. Wear good walking shoes, pack a raincoat, sunscreen and drinking water.
Dogs on leash only.

When Sun, 30 October. 10am-3pm.
Where Fernglen Gardens, Kauri Road, Birkenhead
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up.

Fernglen gardens has an open day inviting all to come and take a bush walk to Ben’s Ridge.  See the vast array of native plants and trees thriving on the property and learn the history as to why the gardens are a unique asset to Auckland.  Knowledgable Fernglen committee members will be on hand to assist.


When Mon, 31 October. 7-9pm, quiz starts 7.30pm.
Where Northcote Tavern, 37 Queen Street, Northcote Point
Cost Free
Bookings Send an email to the address below to register your interest.
Contact Kaipatiki Project
482 1172
[email protected]

Come along for a fun night out and pit your wits against the Kaipatiki Project crew about all things eco with our quirky questions.

The prize is a hamper full of treats provided by Ecofest Kaipatiki sponsors Harcourts Cooper & Co Beach Haven.

Grab your work-mates or family and make a night of it enjoying the hospitality of the Northcote Tavern.

31 Oct
- 4 Nov
When Mon, 31 October - Fri, 4 November
Where Online
Cost Free
Bookings Register before Friday 28 October to take part in the Challenge the following week. Book online.
Contact 482 1172
[email protected]

Could you, your family, class-mates or work colleagues be doing a little bit more to live sustainably?

Challenge yourself and each other to adopt new sustainable behaviours for a week and see how easy it is to maintain.

When you register you will receive information to help get you going and a reminder when to start. Good luck!

When Tue, 1 November. 7-9pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost Free
Bookings Bookings required Book online.

What’s that lurking in your fridge?!

How can you turn those leftovers or surplus items into amazing meals?

Investigate how to love food and reduce your waste, saving you money, with Lucy Pierpoint from Love Food Hate Waste NZ.

When Wed, 2 November. 7-9pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost Free
Bookings Bookings required Book online.

Learn about the different ways to turn your food scraps into valuable compost.

Find out about the easy steps you can take to reduce your waste and make great compost at home.

Compost Collective is supported by Auckland Council.

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When Thu, 3 November. 7-9pm.
Where Kaipatiki Project, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up. Book online.

Think of this as an eco-design workout for your current home: get your energy fix with smarter heating, hot water, lighting and appliances and stay hydrated by collecting free rainwater and using it water-wisely.

Introductory workshop in a series of classes, exploring future and traditional sustainable living skills, with EcoAdvisor Eion Scott on behalf of Sustainable Living Aotearoa.



5 Nov DIY FIESTA make & do workshops
When Sat, 5 November. 10am-2pm.
Where Birkdale Community House & Hall, 134 Birkdale Road, Birkdale
Cost Free - although a small cost applies for some workshops to cover materials
Bookings Bookings required Book online.
Contact Carla Van Walen
Birkdale Community House
[email protected]

bbcpSee, share, and experience the art of becoming a step closer to living more sustainably.

We are offering a variety of workshops tailored around the environment and sustainability. As well as lots of hands on activities for kids, free exercise groups and a great selection of food and music.

To book onto any of the workshops go HERE.

Workshops include:

Bokashi Composting FREE
10am-11.45am or 12.15-2pm

Bokashi is a way of ‘pickling’ your food scraps to make it into a wonderful composting product for your garden.
Find out how to make your own bokashi to take home. All materials provided.
Facilitator: Tori Christie from Compost Collective

Fermented Foods $10
10-11am or 1-2pm

New or old to the fermenting way come and learn, share and try.  In this introduction to fermented foods you will find out why fermented foods are good for you.  You will be able to try home made and purchased fermented foods and learn the basics about making your own. Starter cultures will be available free after the workshop.
Facilitator: Katrina Pace

Community Recycling Discussion FREE

The Community recycling discussion is an opportunity to discuss how to develop a community recycling hub in the area and collect opinions of where that could be and how it could happen. An opportunity for interesting discussion to which everyone is invited.
Facilitator: Betsy Kettle

Mixed Media Art class $20

Explore acrylics, oil pastels, and a variety of printing techniques. 40x60cm Canvas and Paints supplied.
Facilitator: Jan Tyler

Fitness / Healthy Snacks FREE
10-11am or 1-2pm

Explore changing small parts of your life with exercise, healthy snacks and goals.
Facilitator: Jo Smart

DIY Laundry Products $5

Learn how to make fresh, allergy-free and non-toxic, pure cleaning and bathroom products.  This is a hands on class that will leave you feeling very nurtured and satisfied that you will be able to produce excellent, healthy products for your family’s health.  Not to be missed.
Facilitator: Julie Craig from Oak & Thistle.

DIY Plastic-Free Products FREE
11.30am-12.30pm or 1-2pm

Want to know how to make your own plastic-free toothpaste, facial scrubs and cleaning products? Have some old T-Shirts at home that you need to do something with – like making a tote bag? Come along and learn some awesome new upcycling and plastic-free tips!
Facilitator: Briar and the Plastic Diet crew

DIY Candles $5
10am-11.45am or 12.15-2pm

Have you got old tea cups, jars or candles that you want to upcycle into candles? Come along to this fun hands on session. Wax and wicks provided just bring along your item to upcycle.
Facilitator: Daniel Shotter

5 Nov DIY BATH GARDEN workshop
When Sat, 5 November. 2.30 - 4PM.
Where Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust, 15 Chartwell Ave, Glenfield
Cost Free
Bookings Bookings required as places are limited. Book online.
Contact Lesley McVeigh
Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust
[email protected]

Learn how to create a garden in a bath and discover how easy it is to maintain with Homer Xu from Gardens For Health.

This workshop is hosted and organised by Kaipatiki Community Facilities Trust.


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5 Nov UPCYCLED ACTIVITY TABLECLOTHS for early childcare teachers
When Sat, 5 November. 12-4pm.
Where North Shore Resource Centre, 44 Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead
Cost $10 per person includes all materials
Bookings Book by phone only - places very limited.
Contact Colin Myers
021 972 609

A workshop for early education providers – no sewing expertise is needed.

Make an activity tablecloth full of colour, texture and vibrancy to keep small minds and fingers active around a table. Zips, buttons, tassles, pockets and all sorts of other attachments will combine to turn an ordinary tablecloth into something magical.



6 Nov BIG BANG BEACH CLEAN-UP action event
When Sun, 6 November. 2-5pm.
Where Little Shoal Bay, Northcote Point
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up!
Contact Kaipatiki Project with Plastic Diet, Beyond The Fence & Starting The Change
482 1172
[email protected]

Get the lowdown about waste in our oceans from the Plastic Diet team (as seen on TVOne’s Seven Sharp).

Then roll up your sleeves with Emma Wingrove from Starting The Change to clean up Little Shoal Bay beach and park.

Coffee and ice-cream will be for sale from the Harcourts Cooper & Co community support van.

6 Nov BETTER BIKE COMMUTING guided bike & ferry trip
When Sun, 6 November. .
Where Meet either at 9am at Rawene Reserve (outside Birkenhead Library) or 9.15am at Birkenhead Wharf.
Cost Free
Bookings Just turn up with your bike & helmet.
Contact Bike Kaipātiki

The second meeting point is for those who don’t want to ride back up Hinemoa Street at the end of the event.

This guided bike ride is intended for people who ride currently, who work in the city (or surrounding area) and want to try cycle commuting but aren’t sure how to use our new cycle paths and where they connect.

We will be catching the 9:35am ferry to Quay Street, taking the Quay St cycleway through to Silo Park, crossing through Victoria Park, riding up to Nelson Street, along the Nelson St cycleway and Te Ara i Whiti (the Pink Path) before heading back down Grafton Gully cycleway, along Beach Rd cycleway and Quay St to the Ferry Building again.

Most of the journey will be on protected cycleways though some will be on shared paths (cycle with care) and small sections on road. Riders should be comfortable riding on the road, riding the distance described above and riding hills.

Please bring:

  • Your working bicycle (come to the free Bike Kaipātiki event on 30 October if it needs servicing – Beach Haven Community House, Shepherds Park, Beach Haven)
  • Your cycle helmet
  • Your ferry fare or HOP card ($12.40 cash or $9.00 HOP, current return fares)

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

Auckland Council Foundation North Ministry for the Environment Kaipatiki Local Board Ubiquity Environment Hubs Aotearoa