Welcome to Spring! This month we have lots of updates about the Greener Neighbourhoods programme - find out who the groups are and what they have been up to so far. We've also launched an online New Zealand Eco Footprint calculator - have a go and see how big your eco shoes are! There is A LOT happening in September - Civil Defence info evenings, Waste Free Parenting workshops, the Sustainability Trust Spring market, Keep NZ Beautiful week, an excellent Building the Power of Communities workshop, more chances to Re-Wild Grown Ups and Green Gardener workshops on what to with household food waste (find the system that's right for you and get together with 5+ householdsto apply for a Waste Minimisation grant). Hannah gives sage advice on Spring gardening - expect showers and make the most of it when there's not! There are also excellent opportunities to get involved and give back to your community thanks to Volunteer Kāpiti and a reminder that Richard Morrison is offering free eco home consultations.
Ngā mihi nui
GREENER NEIGHBOURHOODS ARE GO
This year, four groups set out to reduce their eco-footprint while also building community, forming relationships, sharing experiences, having fun and saving money.
Greener Neighbourhood groups have been going strong for two months now. Read more
INTRODUCING THE NEW ZEALAND ECO FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR
What impact is your lifestyle having on planet Earth’s resources?
So often success is measured by money and flash things; Greener Neighbourhood participants are challenged to consider a different approach to health, wealth and happiness. Read more
The Greener Neighbourhood groups
GABES GOLD NUGGETS Gabriel Street, Goldsborough Ave and Nugget Grove, Raumati Beach
Plastic free lunchboxes, beach cleanups and community `waste angels’ Read more.
GREENOWN + Renown, Glen and Dale Roads, Raumati South
Rat eradication, garden bees and beehives. Read more.
Whanaungatanga, mahi māra… and dessert. Read more.
WAIKANAE BE GREEN Rutherford Drive, Waikanae Beach
Workshopping, carpooling, seaweed fertiliser and limoncello. Read more.
September in the garden
In September, even non-gardeners feel the call of the backyard. And with good reason- early spring is a great window of opportunity to get your gardens set up for summer; the trick is to find the sunny hours between the spring showers. Next month is all about the vege patch but September, while it’s still cold, is time to pay some attention to the rest of the garden. Read more.
This month is packed with free workshops and events including:
Was your home warm and comfortable over winter? Will it be cool and comfortable over summer?
Our homes are our sanctuary in our busy lives and it’s very important they are comfortable over the whole year. Richard can come to your home and spend up to two hours with you, looking at your needs and making recommendations so that you can maximise the potential of your home. Find out more.