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On To It: Sustainability News


Hi there! It’s time to get prepared for winter. This month the Curtain Bank is coming to Ōtaki, offering free curtains to community service card holders. We also have great garden tips for planting before ground temperatures cool and more free workshops on composting, worm farming and planting. For those with little ones a Waste Free Parenting evening is coming up, a fantastic cloth nappy pack is included with your ticket.
We are excited to announce No8 Wire Week,  a new community event happening in July.  Marking the end of Matariki this will be a family friendly week of practical educational workshops, excursions, speakers and more. We are interesting in hearing from individuals, community groups and organisations who would like to be involved or have ideas to offer.
We are also getting ready to launch the Greener Neighbourhoods Competition; a $2000 prize is up for grabs for the group who makes the most progress to reduce their environmental impact.  If you are interested becoming a Greener Neighbourhood, please get in contact!  We have room for two more groups.

Ngā mihi nui

Vanessa Crowe, Sustainable Communities Coordinator

No8 Wire Week: A call for your ideas

Take pride in our DIY kiwi culture this Winter and participate in No8 Wire Week! This a great an opportunity to get hands on, learning new skills and share knowledge, inclusive of our tamariki. We are calling for your input and ideas to shape this new event. Read more

Working together for Greener Neighbourhoods

The Council is again supporting the Greener Neighbourhood competition, with a $2,000 award up for grabs for the neighbourhood that makes the most significant progress. Read more

Revealing the quincessentials

The long, mellow autumn has brought a plentiful harvest at the Transition Town Ōtaki’s community fruit and vegetable stall. Quinces are especially abundant this year, but seem to be a mystery to many.  Find out the secret to cooking a perfect quince, and more on how the Season Surplus stall operates. Read more

Why did Raumati South Kindergarten children bury various forms of lunch box waste, uncovering them a month later and then again after three months? It was all in the name of deepening the children’s understanding of waste decomposition, an inquiry that has been educating not just children, but their wider community. Read more
The Curtain Bank Comes to Ōtaki
It’s time to get cosy for winter, and warm curtains are now FREE to community service card holders. The curtains, lined and made to fit, are available through the Curtain Bank which The Sustainability Trust, with support from the Council and Energise Ōtaki, is bringing to Ōtaki. Read more
May in the Garden
It’s planting season! See how fast the grass is growing? From now until June is a great window of planting opportunity. Warm, moist soil means new plants can establish roots over winter, and be ready for droughts next summer. Read more
Garden Workshops

Composting: Whether you’re a beginner or want to refine your technique, whether you’re using black bins or pallets, we cover hot or cold compost baking - including what not to use. With green Gardener Hannah Zwartz, Ōtaki Hydroponics, SH1, Saturday 14 May, 9.30-11am

Planting season: Soil building, wind shelter, composting and a general seasonal look at the garden in our monthly Green Gardener workshop; Kāpiti Community Centre, Paraparaumu, Monday 16 May 10.03am -12

Herbs for Kāpiti: Learn what grows well, and simple herbal home remedies, while helping plant a herb garden. Matai Community Garden, beside Kāpiti Gallery, Matai Rd Raumati, with Green Gardener Hannah Zwartz; Sunday 29 May, 1.30-3pm

What's On

Waste Free Parenting Workshop: Get lots of exciting and inspirational information around ways you can minimize waste at home and learn a bit about modern cloth nappy options too. Purchase a $5 ticket and get a free trial pack of nappies worth $20, or buy a $25 ticket and get a waste free living pack worth $100! At the Kāpiti Community Centre, Wednesday 18 May.  6– 8:30pm

Clay Workshops: Come spend a few evenings playing with clay! These workshops will take you through various techniques including pinch pots, slab building, coil and glazing.  At the Weaver’s Whare in Paekākāriki.  Monday nights in May,  7-9pm.

Library pick of the month
A Kāpiti Coast District Council initiative. For more information contact the Sustainable Communities Coordinator, Vanessa Crowe.

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