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Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Let's get more people riding!

Staff at the Waikato Environment Centre are taking part in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge this February.

This summer the New Zealand Transport Agency is rolling out an exciting new campaign to boost cycling all across the country. With tailored guidance and tips, a friendly workplace competition, and lots of great prizes on offer, it's a great time to ride bikes in NZ. They also have local leaderboards for Wellington, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and New Plymouth!

Join the Aotearoa Bike Challenge today! Then like it on FB!


Meet the Shorebirds

Where: Maraetai Bay, Port Waikato
When: Saturday 21 January; 2-4pm

Port Waikato Beachcare and Art@thePort are hosting a "Meet the Shorebirds" day on Saturday 21st January at Port Waikato.

The attached flyer has all the details and there is also a Facebook event page


Workshop for NGOs and environment organisations

When: Friday 3 February,9am-1pm
Where: Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens

Dave Campbell & Al Fleming are organising a half-day workshop specifically for environment organisations/NGOs and groups interested in the proposed Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1.

This workshop would focus on preparation of submissions to the proposed plan change and any other actions the environment/NGO sector would like to organise regarding freshwater quality in the Waikato region

Coffee/tea will be available at 9am and a lunch will be served at 1pm. If you are keen to attend please RSVP for catering purposes to A.Fleming@forestandbird.org.nz

Waikato Botanical Society

2017 Trips - Draft Programme

The draft programme for the 2017 Waikato Botanical Society trips is out. See the attached programme below.

Waikato Botanical Society Trips 2017.pdf

​​​​​​​​Love your Bike Day 2017​​

When: Sunday 12 February​​; 10am to 1pm
Where: Innes Common (next to the Hockey Centre with access via Queens Ave)

Bring your family and friends to this free, fun bike event which is a must for all those who enjoy biking or want to build their biking confidence. There will be great prizes to win on the day (including three new bikes), a bike decorating stall, bike checks, bike races and biking skills demonstrations for all ages and levels of experience.

Register here​ (registrations close Thursday 9 February 5pm).

Recycle Runway

Donate your stylish clothes and Buy your tickets

Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Time: 9am
Venue: Cancer Society's Lions Lodge, 32 Tainui Street, Hamilton
Tickets: $20 from Eventfinda or Cancer Society offices

Sustainability is a huge challenge for the fashion industry. From the environmental impacts in the manufacturing of textiles to the social impacts of an insatiable appetite for cheap, fast fashion. However, there are so many pre-loved treasures out there that sustainable fashion can be easy.

The Cancer Society is hosting Recycle Runway a great opportunity to shop for quality second-hand fashion while supporting the Cancer Society. A treasure trove of pre-loved women’s clothes and accessories awaits at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society's newest fundraising event.

Limited tickets are available, so we recommend getting your girlfriends together and purchasing your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

They also need your clothes and accessories:

Please also have a look in your wardrobe for clean, quality clothes and accessories that you can donate:

  • Women's clothing (all sizes)
  • Hats/fascinators
  • Scarves
  • Handbags/purses
  • Jewellery/watches
  • Belts
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoes

*No swimwear, underwear or sleepwear.

Items can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Cancer Society Office – Cnr Grey & Beale Streets, Hamilton East
  • Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge – 32 Tainui Street, Hamilton
  • Oosh – 72 Victoria Street, Cambridge
  • Playmates Boutique – 46 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu
  • A Little Bit Different – 43 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga
  • Cafe Frock – Cnr Thames & Marshall Streets, Morrinsville (ask for Deborah)

For more details, contact event coordinator Alison Duncan or phone 07 903 5816.

2017-18 Plenty Permaculture Design Course

Starting 1 April

Learn to do permaculture design so you'll love your property and it'll love you back!

Find out more

Bokashi compost give-away

Paula has an over abundance of bokashi compost so has some bucket loads to give away. It's a great compost activator that you can add it to your compost bin. Alternatively, simply trench it in to the garden and in a few weeks it will have composted down completely.

Contact Paula to arrange to get some if you are interested: paulaandjasmine@gmail.com

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