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Tutor: Paul Murray

When done right, permaculture is a route to abundance in the garden. However, permaculture is about much more than organic gardening. It looks at the patterns and relationships we find in nature and how these can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even communities and economics.

This workshop will explore realistic opportunities and priorities for reducing your ecological footprint while designing abundance into your life. It will provide an essential and foundational understanding of Permaculture as a discipline, a paradigm, and/or a philosophy on which design projects are based. By the end of this module, students will have considered the main global and local issues facing communities and clarified the scope of permaculture in resolving them.


When: Saturday, 7 May; 9am¬–5pm.

Where: Waikato Environment Centre, Hamilton.

Fee: $135 (Discount available for WEC members).

Note: This session can be attended as a workshop or be credited towards a Permaculture Design Certificate (Module 1).

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

Karioi Volunteer Opportunity - Technical support – mapping and monitoring

A volunteer position has come up within our team to provide technical support – for monitoring and mapping for the Karioi project. The work is mainly to provide assistance for setting up new trap lines, GPS work and ongoing mapping requirements. Ideally this person will have the relevant knowledge of GPS and GIS mapping software – but some traning can be provided.

Other work opportunities with the project may also be available depending on interest and time availability.

Please contact kristel.vanhoute@arocha.org for more info and expressions of interest.


Taupo Community Food Meeting next week.

This is an exciting opportunity to meet with other people in Taupo who want to make healthy food more affordable and accessible, support education about cooking, growing and healthy eating, and who want to support local and sustainable food businesses. Its open to anyone and everyone, so come along and share your ideas for how Taupo’s food environment could be improved.

If you are an early learning setting or school who is doing a Heart Foundation programme (Heart Start or Healthy Heart Award), being involved in this network will count towards getting your award! Please help us by sharing with your networks/students/families.

RSVP to Dana Thompson: dana.thompson@bopdhb.govt.nz

Taupo Communtiy Food Meeting Flyer FINAL.pdf


An Introduction into the Privacy Act:

The seminar aims to introduce you to the key concepts and definitions contained in the Privacy Act. We will look at the 12 information privacy principals and look briefly at the consequences if there is a breach of the Privacy Act and the complaints process followed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Time: 12:15-1pm

Where: Level 3, Central Library, Garden Place

Date: Friday 13 May 2016




Please join us this Saturday afternoon from 1-3 pm for a working bee in Hammond Bush.

We'll be working mainly up the Malcolm St end of the boardwalk, so meet by the sign there.

It will be a bit swampy, so please wear suitable footwear. Long-sleeved old clothes are best, with gardening gloves.

Please bring secateurs, loppers or hedgeclippers if you have them (secateurs probably most helpful).

If anyone spots some abandoned red secateurs in the bush, they are probably mine, please grab them and let me know!

Best wishes,



Conservation Inc 2 Registration

There is now less than a month to go before we launch Conservation Inc 2. Be sure to register very soon. We’ve made it easy for you to do that on-line at


Attending Conservation Inc 2 gives you the chance to meet with others in the conservation environment. Places are filling quickly and there is only three weeks until registration closes.



Looking for free furniture please contact Jane Jane.Coxhead@waipadc.govt.nz



Shama is hosting an exciting five-week workshop called ‘Power to Change’ from the 2nd of May 2016. This workshop is designed to help ethnic women be empowered, learn about their rights, prevent domestic violence and learn strategies and tips for facing conflicts in life and with their families.

Participation is free and morning tea will be provided so please spread the word within your networks. This is a workshop opportunity not to be missed! If you have any questions, please contact me on (07) 843 3810

Shaleshni Sharma

Office Administrator

Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre Trust

Power to change flyer 2016 - email distribution.pdf



Reminder re Saturday 30th April at Waiwhakareke

Please meet opposite the Zoo at 9am for the last releasing before we start the 2016 planting programme.

Bring gumboots, weeding tools and morning tea.






Power to change flyer 2016 - email distribution.pdf

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