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Changes are afoot

This week we are excited to welcome Kelli Pike to the WEC team. Kelli brings heaps of retail and business experience to the centre. You might recognise her as the owner of the vintage store Teacup & Saucer and the person who ran Market Place. A long-time lover of vintage, as well as local and handmade, Kelli has a strong commitment to promoting sustainable consumption and so will be a perfect fit for our eco shop. Kelli also has her own radio show Kelli From The Tron in which she promotes living the good life in the Tron. Her weekly show brings news, views and local music to past and present Hamiltonians. Drop in and say hello to Kelli while you do some Christmas shopping. We know that she is going to be a great addition to the team.

As we welcome Kelli, we are sad to be saying farewell to Jan Graham who has been the life and soul of the eco shop and a valued team mate. Jan and her husband, Charlie, are heading up to Kerikeri to embark on new adventures. Charlie has been a valued volunteer over the years,lending his skills as a talented craftsman (just look at our wonderful pallet shelving as an example of his handy work) and IT specialist. We wish them the best and look forward to hearing about future happenings, but will miss the fun, enthusiasm, energy and friendship that they have brought to the centre. Jan's last day in the shop is 23rd December so please drop in to wish her all the best

Holiday schedule for the Centre

Just a reminder of our holiday dates and times so that you know when we'll be here and when we'll be putting up our feet for a rest.

It's a busy time at work for everyone and it can be a squeeze to get prepared for the festivities as well as get through the workload. To help with that, we have a couple of late nights in the shop coming up so that you can pop in after work for some last-minute shopping.

Late night shop opening next week:
Thursday 22 December until 7pm.

Centre and office closed:
Friday 23 December 2016 at 4pm until 10am Monday 16 January 2017

Shop closed:
Saturday 24 December 2016 at 2pm until 10am Monday 16 January 2017.

On the airwaves:
Sustainable Consumption

Wednesday 21 December, 5pm
http://www.freefm.org.nz

Earth Matters next week will explore sustainable consumption. Anna and Sam will look at the consumptive system that we cocreate and the underpinnings of gift-giving. Find out how you can give sustainably by listening in to the wonderful Jan Graham, showcasing the Eco Shop and it's wonderful array of products at Five Crossroads, Hamilton. Silly season sustainabilty is possible!

Do you use used coffee grounds in your garden

As you can see in this video below they are a valuable free resource which adds nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium, zinc, manganese, and iron to your garden. Free used coffee grounds are available at cafes and service stations in Hamilton. The cafes and service stations that put the used coffee grounds outside make it very easy to pick up.

  • BP Victoria St - good size bags in clearly labelled bin outside.
  • BP Ham East - considering offering this service
  • BP Frankton - good size bags on request
  • Jack's Café - good size bags in bin outside
  • Coffee Culture - good size bags on request
  • Z Stations: Anglesea St, Stadium, Pukete, Dinsdale, Frankton, K Drive - bags of about 1kg on stand inside

Do you know of any others in and around Hamilton? Please ask your local café or service station or both and use this valuable resource and stop it being dumped in the landfill.

Weave Twilight Market

Tonight, 4:00pm – 8:30pm 
Waikato Migrant Resource Centre, Claudelands Park, Boundary Rd, Hamilton, Waikato

Weave Twilight Market is back again this year! Cross the world in a few hours by tasting delicious food from 13 different countries -including Colombia, Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Argentina, Japan, Singapore, Mexico and more.

Travel to new countries by getting involved in crafts, henna, eyebrow threading, hair braiding and face painting. Bring a rug or fold-out chair and enjoy the cultural performances while eating your food.

The fifth edition of New Zealand Red Cross' Weave Twilight Market will take place today from 4-8:30pm. Come along to the Waikato Migrant Resource Centre on Boundary Road in Hamilton

The Drama of Conservation: Pureora Forest

Book promotion

Eds: King, Carolyn; Gaukrodger, John; Ritchie, Neville

All profits made go to DOC!

https://sites.google.com/site/dramaofconservation/

Pureora Forest Park was the scene of the famous tree-sitting protest of 1978 that stopped the logging of one of the last remnants of old-growth podocarp forest in the central North Island.

This book reviews that event in the broad context of the geological history of the volcanic zone, its flora and fauna, and the history of Maori and European utilization of forest resources. Chapter length discussions cover management of the native forest by the New Zealand Forest Service; the forest village and its sawmills; the intensive timber harvesting, and the conflicts with conservationists and expensive compensation agreements that ensued. Separate chapters cover initiatives to protect the forest from introduced herbivores; to guard protected species, especially birds, from predators; the facilities for recreational hunting; the development of the Timber Trail, an 83 km cycleway through the forest and along old logging tramways, complete with detailed interpretation signs illustrating the history of logging; and the family recreation areas and tracks.

The book is a unique and informative companion for any visitor to this beautiful and significant forest. Co-published by Springer Verlag and the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Hamilton.


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Holiday schedule for the Centre

It's all go here at the Centre while we try to get through our busy to-do lists and get ready to shut the doors for the holiday. Below are the dates and times so that you know when we'll be here and when we'll be putting up our feet for a rest.

It's a busy time at work for everyone and it can be a squeeze to get prepared for the festivities as well as get through the workload. To help with that, we have a couple of late nights in the shop coming up so that you can pop in after work for some last-minute shopping.

Late night shop opening:
Tuesday 13 December until 7pm
Thursday 22 December until 7pm.

Centre and office closed:
Friday 23 December 2016 at 4pm until 10am Monday 16 January 2017

Shop closed:
Saturday 24 December 2016 at 2pm until 10am Monday 16 January 2017.

Christmas shopping at the Centre

Sustainable gifting doesn't mean disappointment and boring presents. We have lots of awesome Christmas presents and stocking-fillers for all your whanau and friends here at the centre. From gardening delights to fancy knickers (those famous Thunderpants), candles that smell so delicious you will be tempted to eat them, drink bottles and reusable straws you can take anywhere, toys, stationary, weta houses and gorgeous snail mausoleums, and beaded tree necklaces.There's something for everyone.

Pop in on weekdays between 10am and 4pm, on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm, and don't forget our late nights listed above.

Green Drinks at WEC

When: Tuesday 13 December 3.30-7pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

Remember that you are invited to join us for our pre-Christmas drinks next Tuesday.

Join us to celebrate the year that has been and to enjoy some festive cheer with one another.

Come and taste some Kaivolution treats and some of Katherine's famous punch, while delighting in some Christmas craft creations if you choose. And if that's not enough, we have a little line-up of events to entice you in:

  • 4pm - Sustainable gift-wrapping, a Furoshiki deomostration by Tania Ashman
  • 5pm - Music and songs by Samantha Rose and Shine Murphy
  • 5.30 - Eco Shop delights with our retail extraordinaire, Jan Graham
  • 6.15pm - Poetry with Hepara Isaac
  • 6.30pm - Poetry with Stephanie Christi

Do you have a rental property?

Check out our new service!

Earlier this year the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Act came in to force which requires rental properties to comply with certain standards, including fire safety and insulation.

  • Landlords have until July 2019 to ensure their properties have adequate levels of insulation, but here is why you shouldn’t delay:
  • There are currently insulation subsidies available, but once these are used up landlords will have to pay full price for their insulation.
  • There will be a last minute rush, where all the landlords that haven’t planned ahead will need to have insulation installed. To avoid high prices from reputable companies, or to avoid poor quality work by fly-by-night/cowboy installers, get your property ready now!
  • Getting your property up to standard can take longer than expected. Plan ahead and get your insulation installed in time to avoid a $4000 penalty.

The Waikato Environment Centre now offers RTA Compliance Certification, and other services to help make sure your home is safe, healthy, and resource efficient.

Tania and Camilla are both qualified Home Performance Advisors and can offer you a professional and supportive service that ensures you are given all the information you need to comply with legislation.

Our service is competitively priced, with all profits going to support the Waikato Environment Centre and its many initiatives (including enabling us to run community workshops on creating safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable homes).

If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you to help make sure your properties are compliant and certified, or to see whether any of our other Home Performance services might be of interest, please get in touch with Tania or Camilla: info@envirocentre.org.nz

Earth Matters Radio Show has gone weekly!

Summer is here and hopefully, at least for some, there will be some much needed downtime. Perhaps some time to be with our friends and family and reflect a little. In next weeks show (December 14) Anna and Samantha will spend some time exploring deep ecology, discussing an exciting project about Integral Ecology and sharing some thoughts on the need to remember our interconnectedness. Tune in every Wednesday at 5pm on Free FM 89.0. Shows are also replayed at 2pm on Mondays and if that doesn't suit your schedule, you can catch up on the podcasts online at any time: http://www.freefm.org.nz/free-fm-on-demand

Waste Minimisation Facilitator Job

Waikato Regional Council have an exciting position in waste management and community engagement. They are looking for a Waste Minimisation Facilitator to fill a 6-month secondment period. Check out the advertisement for more information or visit www.waikatoregion.govt.nz or phone 0800 800 401.

Last few days to submit:

Draft Lake Domain Management Plan

RESTORE wants a swimmable lake! Submissions close on Sunday 11 December. If you want to have your say, please join us in making a submission on the Draft Lake Domain Management Plan: Submission to Hamilton City Council. Access the online form here: https://haveyoursay.hamilton.govt.nz/parks-and-open-space/draft-hamilton-lake-domain-management-plan/consultation/subpage.2016-10-06.6294160787/view/

Sustainability Workshops in Te Aroha

Adventures in Sustainability Waikato is running a series of workshops for the whole of next term on Tuesday nights in Te Aroha. Sign up soon (spaces are limited) to learn how to live a more sustainable life. See the poster below for more information.


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Today is the meteorological start of summer! It's going to be a busy few weeks before we break for the holidays. Below is information about upcoming events and news from the Waikato Environment Centre and community groups.

Come work with us

We are sad to announce that our retail guru, Jan, is leaving us before the end of the year. While we are excited about the new adventures ahead of her, she will be leaving behind big shoes that need to be filled.

So, we have an exciting opportunity for an eco-minded retail whizz to join the team. We need someone to start in this role as soon as possible so get your application in quick.

YOU could be Waikato Environment Centre’s next Eco Shop & Admin star, if:

  • You’re passionate about helping people live more sustainably, minimising waste, and supporting local
  • You’re confident with accounts and administration
  • You have great communication skills, and love talking with people
  • You’re computer & internet savvy
  • You have attention to detail and great time management
  • You’re flexible, and happy to chip in with other tasks
  • You’re fit enough to lift boxes

Ideal - but not essential if you’re a quick learner:

  • Retail and stock control experience
  • MYOB experience
  • Knowledge of environmental issues or activities.

The role is currently 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday; job share may be possible.

For a full job description, or more information, please contact Sonia Fursdon, Manager at Waikato Environment Centre: sonia@envirocentre.org.nz, ph 07 839 4452.

Catch up:
Earth Matters Radio Show

Yesterday's radio show looked at food waste and two awesome community initiatives that are supporting our community to make the best use of our precious resources. Sam and Anna spoke with Simon from Kaivolution and Colleen Bourne from Community Fruit Pick. Community Fruit Pick has rescued tonnes of apples, persimmons, pears, citrus and feijoas from our orchards and neighbourhood trees sharing this out to our community. Since its inception in 2014, Kaivolution has rescued over 200 tonnes of food - wow! You can catch up on the podcast of these good news food rescue stories on Free FM 89.0

Green Drinks at WEC

When: Tuesday 13 December 3.30-7pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

It's hard to believe that another year has almost passed and that the silly season is almost upon us. To show our gratitude for your support and to celebrate another awesome year, you are invited to drop by the centre at any time between 3.30 and 7pm on 13 December to enjoy some entertainment and fun, say hello, and have a drink with us. Mark it in your diary now.

Marvellous Mondays

Marvellous Mondays continue to run at the Waikato Environment Centre from 12pm until 2pm. Next week there is no specific topic or presentation but there will be staff here who can answer your questions around things like our efficient home performance service and the Waikato TimeBank. So, please pop in and ask us your questions. It would also be a great time to bring in your e-waste for recycling (charges apply).

NZAEE Xmas meeting:
Waikato branch

The end of the year is fast approaching but time for one last gathering on Thursday 15 December from 5.30-7pm at the Waikato Environment Centre. There will be drinks and nibbles, Andrea Soanes’ will tell stories from her recent trip to the subantarctic islands (amazing) and we will consider what we should input into the national executive for work next year. We will also consider support for each other for next year, including hosting a climate change education forum in conjunction with Seaweek at the beginning of March. Oh, and we will have a short AGM too.

Hope you can make it. Please RSVP to me at c.eames@waikato.ac.nz by December 12 if you will attend.

Waikato Biodiversity Forum Newsletter

Enjoy the catch up on a slice of what’s happening around the region in the attachment below:

Newsletter November 2016 Number 52.pdf

Toy Trade

Saturday 10th December, 10am-1pm
Garden Place, Hamilton

The day has come to clear out your toy box and wardrobe. If you are between the ages of 5 and 12, register for a stall and come along and swap, trade or sell toys with other children! See the registration form attached below:

HCC_ChristmasCity_Toy Trade_A4 Registration Form_FINAL.pdf

World Soils Day

NZ Society of Soil Science, Waikato Museum and the University of Waikato invite you to celebrate World Soils Day on 5 December, 4-5.30pm at the Waikato Museum. View the attached invitation for more information about the programme.

World Soils Day 2016_Uni NZSSS invite-1.pdf


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Talking Rubbish

Marvellous Monday and the Waikato Sustainability Network meeting

Monday 28 November 12-2pm
At the Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

Marvelous Monday's at WEC are rolling on, with next week's session focused on Waste Minimisation. WEC staff just love to Talk Rubbish - it's true! And we have a fantastic Eco Store full of products that can help you reduce your waste. Unless we change our ways, by 2050 there will be more weight of plastic in the oceans than there are fish - yikes!!

Visitors to Marvelous Monday are encouraged to join the Waikato Sustainability Network meeting (12-1.30pm) and listen to Emily Botje, HCC Asset Manager and Waste Expert, discuss Hamilton City Council Waste Management Proposals. Emily will provide you with the information and insights you need to make your submission on the Hamilton City Council Waste Management proposals due by the 30th of November. Waikato Sustainability Network meeting are held every four Monday of the month and cover a range of topic areas. These meetings, facilitated by Anna, will now feature as part of WEC's Marvelous Mondays!

Vote TODAY for Kiwibank’s next Predator Free Community

Help determine who will be Kiwibank’s next Predator Free Community by voting for your favourite.

Watch the videos and choose the one you’d like to win. Then tell your friends to vote. The entries have also been placed on a map to show you where they are located in NZ.

Voting closes at 5pm TODAY, 25th November 2016. Please note, only votes received on the website will count. http://predatorfreenz.org/get-involved/video-competition/

The ten communities with the most votes will become finalists and from those finalists the judges will choose five winners.

The winners will be announced on the 2nd December at 5pm.

Good luck to all our entrants.

RESTORE wants a swimmable lake!

If you want this too, please join us in making a submission on the Draft Lake Domain Management Plan: Submission to Hamilton City Council. Access the online form.

Hammond Park Working Bee

Our last working bee for 2016

This Saturday (TOMORROW), 1 - 3pm Hammond Park.

Rain or shine, get your gumboots on and meet at the Malcolm street end of the boardwalk in Hammond Park, Riverlea.

We will be weeding among the willows and elders and possibly clearing parts of the river bank depending on numbers and ability. Children are welcome (but not great for toddlers).

What should I bring? Secateurs or gardening knife, long sleeves, gardening gloves - we can supply some if needed. And what about afterwards? Stick around for light refreshments (baking and drinks) afterwards onsite.

This will go ahead unless there is a metservice weather warning, in which case we'll send out an email and post on our facebook page (which you might like to peek at even if you're not on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Riverleaenvironmentsociety/)

Te Kauri-Waikuku Trust AGM

4:30pm, Tuesday 6 December 2016
At the Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove rd, Hamilton

Motion: to change the Trust Deed item 11.3 Audit to read:

The Board shall, as soon as practicable after the end of every financial year of the Board, cause the annual accounts of the Board for that financial year to be prepared by an accountant appointed by the Board for that purpose and the Board shall present the accounts to the annual meeting of the Trust together with an estimate of income and expenditure for the current year. An audit of the accounts by an accountant appointed by the Board, shall be voluntary.

Flora of New Zealand Book

Allan Cunningham’s book, Precursor to the Flora of New Zealand, (compiled by Peter Heenan, Brian Molloy and Jeremy Rolfe) is to be published in early 2017. The book is being offered at a pre-publication price of $40 including GST and postage until 5 January 2017. After that date the price will increase to $50.

The book can be ordered from the NZPCN online shop or by completing the form in the flyer.

Please circulate the flyer widely through your newsletters or networks.

precursor-to-the-flora.pdf

Mangaiti Gully Restoration Group blog

Are you following the Mangaiti Gully Restoration Group blog site?

The latest postings include:

  • Serious about predator control in Hamilton (urgent vote required)
  • Rototuna Primary School active in Gully
  • Annual Tree sale
  • Restored an old seat

Check it out at http://gullyrestoration.blogspot.com/

Advisory Committee for Regional Environment (ACRE) Nominations

An opportunity to be involved in environmental issues across the Waikato Region.

Nominations for membership of ACRE are open and people or groups/organisations within the Waikato region are invited to apply. Members are appointed from around the region and meetings are held monthly in Hamilton. Nominees will be required to indicate their support of ACRE’s objectives and to indicate their acceptance of the nomination and of the duties of membership. If you are interested, please go to www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Community/Your-community/ACRE/ to read the rules and terms of reference for ACRE complete the nomination form and forward it to Waikato Regional Council, using these contact details claire.ross@waikatoregion.govt.nz

Nominations close on 2 December at 5pm

Waikato Botanical Society - End of year do

Monday 28th November, 5.30-7.30pm

The date has been set for the end of year do. It will be on the 28th November between 5:30 and 7:30. Bot Soc will provide drinks and nibbles. Everyone is invited to talk for 5 minutes and show some photos. It doesn't have to be botanically related.

They are still working on a venue - more information is to come

Contact: Kerry Jones, 027 747 0733.


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Food: Access, Availability and Affordability

Tune in to tomorrow's radio show

In this week’s Earth Matters show, we’ll be talking about food and, in particular, access and affordability. Sam will describe her visit to the wonderful Grandview Community Garden. Community gardens can make local food both accessible and affordable! Anna will highlight some of the ins and outs of the new food safety legislation and how this may affect local food. We also have some slow food on the conversation menu and some fun songs along the way. Tune in for our fortnightly show, Wednesdays at 5pm, or listen to the shows via the Free FM podcasts - http://www.freefm.org.nz/free-fm-on-demand

Come work with us

Exciting Opportunity for Eco-minded Retail Whizz

YOU could be Waikato Environment Centre’s next Eco Shop & Admin Star, if:

  • You’re passionate about helping people live more sustainably, minimising waste, and supporting local
  • You’re confident with accounts and administration
  • You have great communication skills, and love talking with people
  • You’re computer & internet savvy
  • You have attention to detail and great time management
  • You’re flexible, and happy to chip in with other tasks
  • You’re fit enough to lift boxes

Ideal - but not essential if you’re a quick learner:

  • Retail and stock control experience
  • MYOB experience
  • Knowledge of environmental issues or activities.

The role is currently 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday; job share may be possible.

For a full job description, or more information, please contact Sonia Fursdon, Manager at Waikato Environment Centre: sonia@envirocentre.org.nz, ph 07 839 4452.

Marvelous Mondays at WEC 

Composting and RESTORE Lake Rotoroa

We're starting a new thing at the Waikato Environment Centre. Every Monday we are making staff available to chat to people about sustainability topics. Each week there will be a focus on specific issues - starting next week with

  • Composting: Find out about how to turn your waste into food for a happy garden; and
  • Cut the crap - RESTORE Lake Rotoroa: How is birdlife impacting on water quality and how can we solve the problem?

Drop in between 12 and 2pm on Monday to find out more or ask any questions that you have been pondering.

Urban Design and Living - Workshop

When: Saturday, 26 November; 9am– 5pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
Tutor: Antoinette van der Weerden

“Cities are sometimes not regarded the domain of permaculture but in this class we see how we can simply claim back space and turn our cities into human spaces once again.”

This urban design module focuses on our permaculture zones but increasing this scale across a city and region. The module will open your eyes and challenge your perception of what a city or town should look like. We will focus on where and how humans fit in today’s cities?

We will also look at how to retrofit a city to embrace our permaculture principles. How do we use these principles to create more liveable and connected cities. Reflect on water management, energy production and use, food production, social connection, transport, resource efficiency through sharing.

We will also visit Heidi Mardon’s sustainable house in Hamilton City, and will look at a range of strategies to reduce your ecological footprint using sustainable design and building projects.

Cost is $135 (Discount available for WEC members).

To find out more or book your place, contact Jan on permaculture@envirocentre.org.nz or call us on 07 839 4452.

Evolocity Workshop 

take an electric bike for a test drive

When: Saturday 19 November, 11am-1pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
RSVP: By email: rob@evolocity.co.nz

Join Waikato Environment Centre, MeloYelo and electric bike expert Bruce McKenzie for a free workshop. Learn about the benefits of electric bikes; the pros and cons of buying a new electric bike versus convering your exising bike; evaluate whether your bike is suitable for converting to electric; what the conversion process involves and what tools you need; doing your own conversion, versus getting expert help; new electric bikes: an overview; Q&A; and test rides.

See https://www.facebook.com/EVolocityWaikato/?fref=ts

WEC AGM reminder

Please join us to celebrate the passing of another great year at the centre and to look forward to the future.

Our AGM is on Tuesday the 22nd of November, starting 5.30pm at the Waikato Environment Centre.

Drinks and nibbles are on us so to help us ensure there is enough to go around, please RSVP to admin@envirocentre.org.nz by 18 November.

There are a number of awesome people putting their hands up to join our already awesome board. If you are a member of the Waikato Environment Centre, then you will be eligible to vote at the AGM.

Contact Jan using the email address above to find out more about becoming a WEC member. Please join us in bringing our board into being for the following year!

The AGM agenda and trustee nomination form are attached below.

2016 AGM Agenda.pdf

WEC Trustee Nomination Form 2016.pdf

Green Drinks at WEC

When: Tuesday 13 December 3.30-7pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

It's hard to believe that another year has almost passed and that the silly season is almost upon us. To show our gratitude for your support and to celebrate another awesome year, you are invited to drop by the centre at any time between 3.30 and 7pm on 13 December to say hello and have a drink with us. Mark it in your diary now

Managing a house cow

Course on how to milk a house cow

When: 18-20 November 2016
See: http://www.lals.nz/managing-a-house-cow.html

Well it has been a spring like no other. Calving did not go as planned this year but things are finally getting settled.

Learn about the ins and outs of Managing a House Cow at a two day course this weekend - two places left.

Management, milking, butter, yoghurt and cheese making discussed and demonstrated during a social live-in weekend.

Bookings are essential - please contact Sheryn Clothier: 07 883 1898 or email s@corrugatedcreations.co.n

Level 2 foundation skills horticulture course

This course will contain aspects of horticulture, arboriculture and landscape construction.

Name: My career pathway - Fresh Green Start
Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2
Where: Hamilton, Rotokauri Wintec campus
When: Starts 31 January 2017 for one semester and after that in July 2017 again
Entry criteria: open entry, but an interview is required to determine suitability
Fee: free fee

Students will complete credits to obtain NCEA Level 2 while doing this course

This course is intended for people without a qualification (or year 12 school students) that would like to work outside doing garden maintenance, planting and pruning trees, and building the structures needed in a garden, and that later on would like to progress to a higher qualification in arboriculture, horticulture or landscape design/construction.

https://aewintecsitefinity.blob.core.windows.net/sitefinity-storage/docs/default-source/study-at-wintec/my-career-pathway/mcp_fresh_green_start.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Fresh Green Start is a hands-on, practical programme where students work with their classmates to build and create a food garden. The classroom is not confined to just a room, but a garden where we will be doing the building, planting and growing plants from seeds and cuttings.

Applicants do not need any qualifications, previous experience or skills for enrol in this course. We will show them how to do everything they need to do.

https://www.wintec.ac.nz/m

Friends of Waiwhakareke potting day

18 November

We will be potting at 172 West Rd on Friday 18th November from 9am to noon. We look forward to your help there. Bring morning tea and if you are unsure of anything ring me on 078558296 or email me at blchsmiths@gmail.com.

The last potting date for 2016 is 9th December

Community Fruit Hamilton

working with Tautoko Waikato and Hamilton Boys High School, Community Fruit Hamilton are holding the Christmas Bake Off on Sat 3 December in the Foodtech kitchen at the school.

Our goal is to make up treat boxes of baked goods which include choc chip biscuits, sugar cookies, peanut brittle, caramel corn and Christmas muffins.

We need volunteers to help on the day

Condensed milk for the biscuit recipe, choc chips or any other baking supplies (not sugar please, we have that), non-perishable Christmas themed food. Donations can be dropped off at the Waikato Environment Centre, Peachgrove Road, or sent in to HBHS with your son.

Sign up to help on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PickFruitHamilton/

Or contact Colleen 021 253 1526

Community Fruit Hamilton.pdf

Environmental Education Conference

Connecting with Nature

January 20-21, 2017
At Te Kauri Lodge, Oparau, Kawhia

Programme includes:

  • Hands-on sessions with experienced environmental educators, covering stream studies, forest ecology and forest restoration
  • Team challenge activities and environmental orienteering
  • Inspiring speakers
  • Local attractions including Te Kauri Lodge Museum.

See the attached for further information.

TK Conf flyer.pdf

Waikato Branch Forest and Bird Talk

Thursday 17th November

Kōkako Recovery update. John Innes, Wildlife Ecologist in the Biodiversity and Conservation Team at Landcare Research will tell us the latest from the national Kōkako Recovery programme. John’s research with North Island kōkako clarified key roles of ship rats and possums as decline agents, resulting in experimental management that recovered kōkako and spurred the development of ‘mainland islands’ for broader objectives.

John has been on the Kokako Recovery Group since its inception, as well as the kaki (black stilt) and kākāpō teams; has worked with dabchicks, black-billed gulls, kereru and tui, and has had a long interest in ship rats.

Bookings for dinner prior to the talk at 6.15 to Jane McLeod by 12th November $12.50 per person, phone 856 2505 jane.mcleod64@gmail.com

7.30 Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens


Waikato Environment Centre Annual General Meeting

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Come and support your environment centre!

Please join us to celebrate the passing of another great year at the centre and to look forward to the future.

Our AGM is on Tuesday the 22nd of November, starting 5.30pm at the Waikato Environment Centre.

Drinks and nibbles are on us so to help us ensure there is enough to go around, please RSVP to admin@envirocentre.org.nz by 18 November.

There are a number of awesome people putting their hands up to join our already awesome board. If you are a member of the Waikato Environment Centre, then you will be eligible to vote at the AGM.

Contact Jan using the email address above to find out more about becoming a WEC member. Please join us in bringing our board into being for the following year!

The AGM agenda and trustee nomination form are attached below.

2016 AGM Agenda.pdf

WEC Trustee Nomination Form 2016.pdf


Latest News and Events - updated links

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Kia ora koutou,

Apologies for any difficulties you may have had openng attachments in Friday's newsletter. The problem appears to be specifically with Word documents uploaded in this programme. Below is an updated version of the newsletter with those particular attachments converted to PDF documents.

Urban Design & Living Workshop

Tutor: Antoinette Van Weerden
When: Saturday, 26 November; 9am– 5pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
Fee: $135 (Discount available for WEC members)

This session can be attended as a workshop or be credited towards our Permaculture Design Certificate (Module 11).

“Cities are sometimes not regarded the domain of permaculture but in this class we see how we can simply claim back space and turn our cities into human spaces once again.”

This urban design module focuses on our permaculture zones but increasing this scale across a city and region. The module will open your eyes and challenge your perception of what a city or town should look like. We will focus on where and how humans fit in today’s cities?

We will also look at how to retrofit a city to embrace our permaculture principles. How do we use these principles to create more liveable and connected cities. Reflect on water management, energy production and use, food production, social connection, transport, resource efficiency through sharing.

We will also have a visit to Heidi Mardon’s sustainable house in Hamilton City, and will look at a range of strategies to reduce your ecological footprint using sustainable design and building projects.

To find out more contact us on permaculture@envirocentre.org.nz or call us on 07 839 4452.

The Inaugural Posh Nosh Gala Dinner: Kaivolution Fundraiser

Kaivolution needs some dosh to keep its wheels in motion, so we have organised a fun fundraising event:

The Inaugural Posh Nosh Gala Dinner is taking place on the 11th of November at the Wintec Atrium.

This event offers a delicious, three course meal and excellent entertainment. All money raised will fund Kaivolution’s operations and build its capacity, including enabling the employment of more van drivers and allowing us to operate from larger food sorting facilities.

Kaivolution provides a waste minimisation and food redistribution service. Food that is good enough to eat but not good enough to sell is collected from more than 15 food retailers and 6 supermarkets across the city, and there are a number of supermarkets waiting to sign up. In less than two years Kaivolution has rescued over 160 tonnes of food, and has distributed it to over 65 charitable organisations throughout the Waikato.

We are experiencing considerable demand for our food rescue service, but in order to respond we need more operational funding and a larger food sorting centre. So please join us for the Gala Dinner and help grow Kaivolution's capacity.

Guest speaker Pamela Storey and some awesome prizes are part of the entertainment line-up.

Buy your tickets online now

Riverlea Working Bee

When: Saturday 5 November 1 - 3 pm.
Where: Meet at the Malcolm street end of the boardwalk in Hammond Park, Riverlea.

What: Weeding in boggy areas and releasing plants in dry areas.
Wear: Strong shoes or gumboots, long sleeves and gloves.

Following on from our very successful Fun Day in Hammond Park, we're having a working bee. Confused? Our usual time is the last Saturday of the month, but, as the Fun Day was on the last Saturday, we're having our working bee a week late.

Bring a garden knife, secateurs or hedge clippers (we can supply some). Light refreshments (baking and drinks) provided afterwards onsite.

This will go ahead unless there is a metservice weather warning, in which case we'll send out an email and post on our facebook page (which you might like to peek at even if you're not on facebook page).

Anne Ferrier-Watson, riverlea.soc@gmail.co

Age Concern Garden Ramble

When: Sunday 13 November

we are holding a fund-raising Garden Ramble to raise funds for our Supportive Services fieldworker. Further information at http://ageconcern.gen.nz/GardenRamble.aspx and tickets sales at http://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/sep/garden-ramble

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Australasian Facilitator’s Network conference (AFN)

An international conference opens in Whaingaroa (Raglan) on November 30 2016 at Pohaikena Marae. The Australasian Facilitator’s Network conference (AFN) will provide a learning, sharing and networking opportunity for those whose work involves facilitating meetings, groups and teams in businesses, communities, councils and government. More information and the registration page for the conference is available at: http://www.afnconference.org.au/ and in the attachments below.

Skills Development AFN Conference Raglan 2016.pdf
27-10-16 AUSTRALASIAN FACILITATOR’S NETWORK CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 2 2016 (1).pdf

2017 Community Development Conference

People are currently invited to submit papers for presentation at the 2017 Community Development Conference, which is being hosted by ACDA and IACD.

The Theme is “Sustainably yours, Community Development and a sustainable just future” and will occur in Auckland on the 15th-17th February 2017. For more information see http://www.aotearoacommunitydevelopmentassociation.com/2017-cd-conference

World-changing DNA technologies

Professor Cristin Print
Director, Bioinformatics Institute, University of Auckland

When and Where: Waikato University, 7.30pm Tuesday November 8, Room A.G.30

The final Waikato Branch RSNZ talk for 2016 This is on DNA technologies, genome sequencing, and cloning and aims to give the audience a taste of what to expect during our next lunchtime lecture series, which will be held about the same time next year as the climate change series was held in 2016. The climate change audience requested a series of talks on aspects of genetic engineering, which is what we will do.

CristinPrintFlier.pdf

Waikato Biodiversity Forum event

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Pirongia Memorial Hall, 997 Franklin Street, Pirongia

The next Waikato Biodiversity Forum event is in Pirongia. The day is a mixture of presentations, a trip to a steep site on the slopes of Pirongia and workshops. Of particular appeal will be hearing about the use of indigenous forestry for commercial return and learning about the principles of healthy plant communities. Please be in touch if you have any queries.

Flyer and rego form.pdf


Latest News and Events

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Te Ao Māori Workshop
Food Safety Regulations and Local Food
Going batty in November!
Waikato TimeBank Orientation Session
Make 'Mobile' Workshop
Electric Bike Workshop & Test Rides
Hammond Park Community Fund Day
Volunteer at the Hammond Park Community Fund Day
Classifieds

Te Ao Māori Workshop

This weekend

There is still time to register for this workshop. 

Tutors: Āwhina Barrett and Matua Hēpara (Shepherd Isaac)

When: Saturday, 29 October; 9am– 5pm.
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
Fee: $135 (Discount available for WEC members).

To find out more contact us on permaculture@envirocentre.org.nz or call us on 07 839 4452.

This workshop offers opportunities to learn about Māori relationships to land, waters and sky. It includes Māori stories, culture, wisdom and spirituality, and how this links to the practices of Earth care and People care. There will also be a trip to a native planting land, where we look at planting for personal, societal and environmental healing.

*Painting of Papatūānuku by Phil Mokaraka Berry of Ngāpuhi, accessed from Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/18374/papatuanuku

For more information see the attached document.

mod-10-pdc-poster.pdf

Food Safety Regulations and Local Food

Waikato Sustainability Network Meeting

When: Monday 31st of October, 12-1.30pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Rd, Hamilton.

Food Safety Regulations and Local Food - What impact will the new food safety legislation have on the local food movement? Come and meet and chat with Cindy Norris, an Environmental Health Officer who regulates and educates in respect of food safety regulation.

Please come and network, share your work, your passion and enjoy a cup of tea. Bring your lunch or food to share if you would like.

Going batty in November!

Crafters needed

When: Tuesday 1 November, 5.30-8pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton.

We are looking for people with great sewing and craft skills to volunteer some time to help us create some bat themed products that can be sold at the upcoming Bat Symposium (which is part of the Ecological Restoration Australasia Conference) on 20 November. The aim is to raise funds for Project Echo. If you can come along and help us out please contact Sarah at sarah@envirocentre.org.nz or by phone 07 839 4452.

Waikato TimeBank Orientation Session

When: Tuesday 1 November 12.15-1.15pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton.

Are you interested in finding out more about, or signing up to, Waikato TimeBank? Come along and find out more about timebanking, or join the group orientation session as part of the sign-up process.

Time banking is a mutual volunteering system that uses time, rather than money, as a currency. TimeBank members exchange services in a pay-it-forward way, sharing skills, knowledge and talents with each other. Within TimeBank, everyone's time is equal.

If you have time, complete your online sign-up and the attached form and bring it along to the session. This will speed up you membership application process so you can get started as soon as possible.

WTB Membership Application Form.pdf

Make 'Mobile' Workshop

When: Thursday 17th November & Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 6.30pm start
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton.

Electric Bike Workshop & Test Rides

When: 19 November, 11am-1pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
RSVP: By 15 November to email rob@evolocity.co.nz

Join Waikato Environment Centre, MeloYelo and electric bike expert Bruce McKenzie for a free workshop. Learn about the benefits of electric bikes; the pros and cons of buying a new electric bike versus convering your exising bike; evaluate whether your bike is suitable for converting to electric; what the conversion process involves and what tools you need; doing your own conversion, versus getting expert help; new electric bikes: an overview; Q&A; and test rides.

environment centre invitation 101016.pdf

Volunteer at the Hammond Park Community Fund Day

When: Saturday 29 October, 1-3.30pm
Where: Hammond Park (entrance off end of Malcolm Street, Riverlea, Hamilton).

The following volunteers are needed to help out at the Hammond Park Community Fund Day.

1 x 'gofer': someone who can be a gofer on the day helping with anything we need a driver's license in case we need more sausages from New World!

1 x sign placer: someone to put up about 10 'community event signs' between 12 & 1 on Cambridge Road, Cobham Drive and the streets that lead to the Park (Hammond, Hudson, Howell, etc.).

2 games supervisors: 1-3.30 pm, the games are simple yet engaging and you'll get a brief instruction card you'll get to repeat them several times with different groups of children you need to like working with children and be able to give clear directions.

4 x performers - Peka the Bat & Woody Weed: 4 playful people needed to interact with event attendees it's hot work being in costume so you won't need to be in costume for more than 30 minutes at a time, hence 4 people to share the job interested? We'll help you get into character, and provide you some game and interaction ideas.

If you can help please contact Anne Ferrier-Watson, Riverlea Environment Society Incorporated at riverlea.soc@gmail.com

Classifieds

Two Olympus Pearlcorder T1000 transcribers (for micro-cassettes) plus an HP Laserjet 5M printer: all in good working order - just surplus to requirements. Enquiries to Robyn, contact email rbservices@ihug.co.nz or phone 07 8565241.




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