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World Environment Day June 5th        NZ is hosting World Environment Day. There is funding available from the Ministry for groups wanting to an activity. (see details in Funding below)

Green Events Calendar – the Environment Centre is putting together a green events calendar which will be available online very shortly. If you are running a workshop, or doing anything else that we do not know about please let us know. You will also be able to put a link to the calendar on your website.

 New Climate Change website offering all points of view - http://climatedebatedaily.com/
(Put up and edited by the same person who edits Arts and letters daily – Denis Dutton from
Canterbury University,  and Douglas Campbell who sounds quite intelligent too)

“One Waikato, Seven Wonders'
Environment Waikato is about to launch a campaign called that asks the public to name their favourite natural wonders in our region.
They hope by encouraging people to celebrate the special places we have in the
Waikato, they might also provide inspiration to protect our wonders for the future, for example, by becoming involved with some of our care groups.Sporting stars Colin Meads and Sarah Ulmer are backing the campaign, along with Prime Minister Helen Clark who has praised the regional council initiative as “a great way to highlight the beauty and importance of the region's natural resources, and the need to protect them for future generations”.Nominations can be made on the Environment Waikato website, www.ew.govt.nz from Saturday 9 February, or by using the nomination form in the council's magazine, Envirocare.
Beyond encouraging people to personally engage with their surroundings, the nomination process will help identify significant landscapes for possible inclusion in the Regional Policy Statement, currently under review.


Tuesday 12th February

Sustainable Urban Design group meeting
The first Green Building Network meeting for 2008 has been organised at Connell Wagner Limited Buildings - 19 Kaimiro, Pukete  7pm.
If you plan to attend please RSVP by Monday
5pm to Elizabeth Dobbs [DobbsE@conwag.com].Amanda Rogers (Building Scientist) will  discuss GreenStar ratings and relate it to the residential sector also
Open to anyone who's interested.
The Sustainable Urban Design group has meetings regularly at a different venue each time to look at all aspects of ecobuilding. There will also be more workshops coming up later in the year.
If anyone wants to join the Sustainable Urban Design Group, please register your interest with
 Aaron Fleming
Environmental Policy Advisor at
Hamilton City Council
DDI: (07) 838 6483, Fax: (07) 838 6464  E: aaron.fleming  at   hcc.govt.nz   www.hamilton.co.nz

 Wednesday 13 February
Sport Waikato and Heart Foundation are running an event on Wednesday 13 February 2008 to support the Heart encouraging you to come down to the lake and participate in any of the following FREE activities:Sarah Prowse Hamilton Active Living Coordinator, sportwaikato I p 07 838 2657 I f 07 838 2655 I m 027 274 6682

Saturday 23 February
Good life Expo – same day as Right Bank Arts Festival at the Hamilton Gardens,
Get in now and book your stall, going fast, phone Cheryl 834 2249.
The earthoven will be auctioned on site and delivered to some lucky person. Come and see the alpacas again, plus lots of other interesting environmental stalls, good food and coffee available.
Here is the programme:

 Main site:  Green Egg Lawn
  to  10:30                  FAIR TRADE                 Trade aid   - We can help the world with ethical shopping
10:30 to 11:30
               TRANSITION TOWNS    James Samuel
11:45 to  12:15              THINKING THE UNTHINKABLE                           Nandor Tanczos
to  1                     EARTH BUILDING                                            Paul Peterson
2pm.                             AUCTION OF THE PORTABLE EARTH OVEN
2:30  to  4                     TRANSITION TOWNS WORKSHOP                    James Samuel

10:30am.           Grafting of Fruit trees                       12:00pm.           Curtain Bank
11:00                Heat your water with solar power       12:30                New house design                     
11:30                Composting                                      1:00                  Vermiculture

2:00                  Grafting of fruit trees

&  2:00pm.
A tour & talk on  the practices in the garden such as crop rotation & soil conditioning
Thanks to sponsors: Scottwood Trust and Trust Waikato

Saturday 23rd  February
Botanical Society trip - Matarangi Coastal Wetland

We hope to explore a large freshwater wetland at Matarangi on the northern shores of Whangapoua Harbour, Coromandel Peninsula. Details to be confirmed.
10am at the intersection of Matarangi drive and Waimaire Ave (in Matarangi itself)....follow Matarangi road in from SH25 and veer left once you get to the settlement.  Waimaire Ave is about 800m along on the right, the wetland is just opposite.
Contact: Catherine Beard Catherine.Beard@ew.govt.nz or ph 855 5479 (hm)

 Wednesday 27th February
Bike to Work  Breakfast
in Garden Place, 7am – 8.30am
Bike into
Civic Plaza for a free nutritious breakfast, the chance to participate in bike challenges and win spot prizes. No registration necessary.

 18 February to 2 March 2008 Bikewise Battle
 New Zealand organisations (and departments) are competing against each other to see who can get the highest percentage of staff to ride a bike. So get your organsation to compete! Enter at - http://www.bikewise.co.nz/Site/bikewisebattle/default.aspx
So be healthier, happier workplaces - and win one of the great prizes that are up for grabs within the five organisation-size categories.
Participants can ride wherever they feel comfortable for a minimum of 2km or 10 minutes. All it takes is to ride just once during competition, then log it here on the website. Have a go! Hop on a bike!


Sunday 9th  March
Riverside walk and ride Round  - starting from Memorial Park.
Helpers wanted -
We are needing more cyclists who will be able to accompany groups on the bike ride – the rides are not at all arduous! If anyone is able to help, please contact Philip King at HCC 838 6991 if you can help with the cycling.
Judy MacDonald and Living Streets would like some help with the walkers as well, and handing out leaflets. contact her on 07 855 2019.

Sunday 2nd March
Museum River Day 10am to 3.30pm
We are pitching the programme at families with children as they are our target audience. To help us plan and promote the programme for the day it would be great to get from you the following information:
1. A written description of what your organisation will be doing on the day in a paragraph.
2. Details of any special set-up requirements for the day.
The Museum is committed to managing and marketing this event. We are aware that your time is valuable and we are willing to support you to ensure that the day is a successful occasion for all concerned.

Please contact Robyn Johnston if you are interested in having a stall or display:
Business Activity Manager, Waikato Museum, Hamilton City Council 1 Grantham Street Private Bag 3010,
DDI 07 838 6553  Fax 07 838 6571 
Mobile 021 471 930 www.waikatomuseum.co.nz

 March 2nd - 9th   Seaweek 2008
If your group is interested in doing something please contact Sam at EW (details below)

The aims of Seaweek include raising awareness of the coast and ocean and encouraging all New Zealanders to help look after their local marine areas. Seaweek has become a time when New Zealanders not only celebrate the sea, but also get involved in activities that promote the health of our ocean. Seaweek is a national event coordinated by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) and Sir Peter Blake Trust.
The national Seaweek website can be found at : http://www.seaweek.org.nz/
Sam Stephens Coastal Community Facilitator  Environment
DDI: (07) 859 0542 
Mobile: 021 792 561  Email: Sam.Stephens  at  ew.govt.nz  www.ew.govt.nz

Starting March 12
Wednesday Organic Gardening courses
For 4 weeks total, from 10 – 12,  at Waimarie Community House, 53 Wellington St, Phone Cheryl 834 2249 at the Hamilton Permaculture Trust.


Envirofund 2008
Got an idea to make Hamilton more sustainable?
Need financial support for a community focused project?
The Hamilton City Council Envirofund could provide the financial support your project needs.
What types of projects are funded?
·       Local environmental restoration projects;
·       Environmental seminars and workshops;
·       Environmental research that could provide direct benefits to
Hamilton's environment;  
·       Educational or promotional activities that raise awareness about environmental issues;
·       Practical environmental initiatives that involve community participation or increase community involvement.
Applications for the next Envirofund round close 31st March, 4pm. Apply Now! Applications are easy.
Application forms and guidelines are available on-line at: http://hamilton.co.nz/Envirofund
For further information contact: Sustainable Environment Team Hamilton City Council  Phone 958 5885

 World Environment Day Funding available
New Zealand is hosting World Environment Day 2008 in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on June 5. The Ministry for the Environment is the lead government agency coordinating the event alongside UNEP.

World Environment Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and promote action on national environment issues. New Zealand businesses and communities can tie-in their own environmental and sustainable activities and messages to the event and take advantage of WED’s status and media focus.
World Environment Day is a national event in which all New Zealanders can participate through organising a wide range of community/regional events and activities.
There is community funding available to financially assist organisations/groups/schools/early childhood centres who wish to undertake an event or activity during the week of World Environment Day. These events and activities need to take place during the week of 2–8 June 2008.
For more information about the applying for funding you can visit http://www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/wed/index.html and download an application form and the 'Guide for Applicants'. Alternatively, if you wish to receive hardcopies of this information you can email the WED@mfe.govt.nz and ask for this information to be mailed to you.
Further resource packs are currently being developed and will be available from our website in the near future.
Amanda Turner | Adviser, Projects and Partnerships

Ministry for the Environment - Manatü Mö Te Taiao | PO Box 10362, 23 Kate Sheppard Place, Wellington |P 04 439 7518 |F 04 439 7707 |M 027 636 8920

Trust Waikato
Now has 3 funding rounds per year.
The next one closes on 22 February, notified early May 08
2nd round closes 13 June, notified and paid early Sept 08
3rd round closes 19 September, notified early Dec 08

 Situations Vacant
Environmental Policy Advisor
Are you excited about our city’s future?
Hamilton needs you to help us make it sustainable.  You will be working as part of an enthusiastic team to improve the environmental sustainability of Hamilton and Council.  The job is varied, including work on strategy and policy development, greening of events and organisational sustainability.
Ideally you will have sound understanding of local environmental issues and a flair for communication and empowering others.  You will need experience in facilitating processes and bringing groups together, and a tertiary qualification in resource or environmental management or environmental engineering.
Join our team and empower others to achieve great results for our city.
Applications close:
17 February 2008
For more information go to http://careers.hamilton.co.nz/jobcentre/search.asp


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