EcoLinks & Backyard Actions

In addition to face-to-face events and workshops we' run here, there are many resources available online and we'd love to share them with you. 

We continue to update this list, so if you have anything to share, please get in touch here.

Much gratitude to everyone who's contributed, shared or utilised these ideas!


Children's corner


Activities to live lightly

Videos & ZOOM tutorials 

Organic Gardening, 11 April

Join us for our online 'Organic Gardening' class! Use this direct link the day of the class... For more information, visit
We will be recording this class (in case you miss it, can't get in, etc.) and it will be posted later in the day on our website - You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notification when the class gets posted.

Gardening, 9 April

Gardening Entrepreneurship is a hand on working program that aims to help new and beginning gardeners to start and sustain a gardening production system from an agro-ecological approach.

View the program and register here

Gardening club, 8 April

In this first session we’ll be talking all about seeds, how to plant them, why they do and don’t germinate and a lot more! Pots and seeds will be supplied if needed (please contact us at [email protected])
NOTE: All our sessions are free to attend but if you choose to make a donation via Eventbrite there is a minimum required to cover fees etc. We greatly appreciate any donation as they help us continue to run ReConnecting.

Raised Bed Gardening, 7 April

Join the experts of Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens for this virtual class on Raised Bed Gardening. Everything you ever wanted to know about raised beds, including how to build, fill, site, and plant them.
This is a virtual class which will be held on the Zoom platform.

Gardening Class, 4 April

Learn to plant, grow, and design succulents and herbs by a professional florist. A shopping list will be sent following registration if you would like to follow along. Register at

Five Common Gardening Mistakes - Don't Throw in the Trowel, 1 April

Dr. Bill Lester and Lilly Browning will discuss the 5 most common mistakes that frustrate Central Florida gardeners, how to overcome them and begin to enjoy their Florida-Friendly retreat.
Meeting ID: 928 6571 6715
Passcode: 228671

Gardening Class, 31 March

Learn to plant, grow, and design succulents and herbs by a professional florist. A shopping list will be sent following registration if you would like to follow along. Register at

Native Gardening for Beginners, 30 March

If you are new to gardening or new to native plants, Dennis Hillerud will teach you why they are ecologically important and how you can add them into your garden! He will showcase 10 "easy" native plants.
Tuesday, March 30, 7-8pm

Gardening Series

Video series about native plants

tihei-taio-videoIntroducing Tihei Taiao a new series that focuses on different tipu in our taiao. The 3 kaitiaki sharing their taiao knowledge are Riki Bennett, Graeme Atkins and Tame Malcolm. Explore what our tipuna used them for, their kai or Rongoa uses and how to identify them.

20+ Inspiring and Free Gardening Documentaries

Teaching garden coordinator role

Here are some inspiring gardens and gardeners, as well as some older documentaries that are hard to find, but packed with absolutely wonderful gardening information. 

Film - 2040 | Free Livestream 


Auckland Libraries and Kaipātiki Project are pleased to offer the Livestream of "Film 2040" - a documentary by French filmmaker Damon Gameau who travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to climate change. Click here to livestream "2040" via Beamafilm and use your library membership card. 

Nature Documentaries - There are some fantastic Nature and Environment documentaries available through Beamafilm videos on the Auckland Libraries website, and a number of the docos have local content. Gaining free streaming access to these docos with an Auckland Libraries membership is easy. If you don't have a library card, you will still be able to sign up to Auckland Libraries and get a membership number. More details will also be posted on the Glenfield Library Facebook page.

Environmental Film FestivalAs the annual environmental film festival in Washington DC got canceled, the organizers have put about 80 films online, almost all of them free access for a limited time. A great resource for those sheltering, watch them here.

Get Close & Personal with Your Environment - Sara Kulins is a young enthusiast who is sharing her passion about the great outdoors and here she shares one of her first 'educational' videos, also part of her job at MERC (as an educator and National Coordinator for Seaweek), and in this video, she is encouraging people to interact with the outdoors and seek out adventure in their 'backyard'. Follow Sara's Facebook page.

Sustainable Food Videos by Pacific Vision Aotearoa

  • Healthy Soil = Healthy Kai: In this video we acknowledge the papa’anga, the whakapapa, the many layers that is part of the soil in our bucket garden. A journey of time, and of many hands who helped transform our food scraps into ‘super food’!
  • Grow 2 Share - Fast Food in a Bucket: How to grow food in a bucket 

Children’s corner

 Ti Hey Taiao

tihei-taioA series of animated Te Reo Māori stories for children. It is for tamariki and whānau and is an opportunity to access te reo Māori and kaupapa Māori stories online.  

Herb Fairies Academy stories

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Eva Scherer of Herb Fairies Academy offers a Herb Fairies Story on Althea - Marshmallow Fairy. A story to share with your kids to enjoy and learn about the local herbs in your backyard gardens. Read more



Upcycle Tutorials by ReCreators - Short video tutorials for kids and the whole family to learn how to sew a pillow, make a T-shirt yarn or sewing kit and many more upcycling tips. Follow them on Facebook to watch more videos.

Check out Wild Eyes: Nature Missions for Kiwi Kids - Learn nature ninja skills, get crafty, hunt poo and discover amazing stuff outdoors.

A gift from Pacific Ink

Find hidden animals and colour them. Colouring is a great activity for everyone. Download the image


Māoriori Noho Puku (Māori Meditation Techniques)

30 March & 6 April
Kelly Kahukiwa is a artistic practitioner whose mahi embraces contemporary and traditional forms of holistic well-being through Mauri tau/meditation, karakia, and taonga pūoro.
Kelly will be sharing the art of Māoriori - Noho Puku an ancient practice to support your holistic wellbeing.
Online Zoom session is available.
Koha is optional message us for Australia or NZ bank account details.
Topic: Māoriori - Noho Puku - Māori Meditation concepts , Technique and Practise
Meeting ID: 818 5617 5300
Passcode: yL8Q07
Meeting ID: 818 5617 5300
Passcode: 300359

Grounding for the Soul 

Shamanic Journey

Alyse Young: "I am delighted to share my Grounding Exercise which I started with everyone at the recent Shamanic Journey on the opening day of the EcoFest North. This is a very potent exercise to practise, it's simple and immediate, bringing all of your energy back into your body and Being. We are born sensory beings, therefore, we are naturally sensitive because we are naturally "connected to everything", not just other people but all living matter, including trees, animals, rocks, & the elements. Read more: Grounding Exercise for Embodying Your Energy.

Chakra Mantras by Uttarkashi - This album is a guided mantra practice that will create sound vibrations that have a relaxing and healing effect on all four aspects of our being. They calm the mind, creating peace, tranquility and stillness, hence create space for energy to rise. Listen to the album via Spofity or Apple

Activities to Live Lightly