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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

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!


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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