September On To It

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+ households to 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
Vanessa Crowe


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


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
Gabriel Street, Goldsborough Ave and Nugget Grove, Raumati Beach

Plastic free lunchboxes, beach cleanups and community `waste angels’ Read more.

Renown, Glen and Dale Roads, Raumati South

Rat eradication, garden bees and beehives. Read more.


Whanaungatanga, mahi māra… and dessert. Read more.

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.

What's On

This month is packed with free workshops and events including:

  • Civil Defence Information evenings
  • Waste Free Parenting workshop
  • Sustainability Trust Spring market 
  • Keep New Zealand Beautiful week
  • Re-Wild Your Grown Up workshops
  • Compost systems workshops
  • Building the Power of Communities workshop
  • Waste Minimisation Grant

Find out more here!

EVolocity is a charitable organization running a program in high schools where teams design and build electric vehicles.

We are also looking for representatives on the Kapiti Coast to sell affordable electric bikes, as well as sales and installation of retrofit kits to convert existing bikes to electric. Read more

Volunteer Opportunities
Find out about opportunities to up skill and give back to your community including:

  • Museum Host
  • Activities Assistant
  • Singing or Music Coach
  • Environmental Enthusiast

and more, see details here.

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.

Library Pick of the Month
The hidden half of nature: the microbial roots of life and health (2016) by David R.Montgomery and Anne Bikle

For more information contact the Sustainable Communities Coordinator
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