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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


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

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.


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

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