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On To It : Sustainability News

Kai Ora and welcome to On To It April,

Our days getting cooler and shorter. Before memories of those blissful beachtime hours fade we celebrate the efforts of all those who got out to help clean up our beaches this summer. We also take a peek into all the variations of old school hospitality that happened across the district as neighbours enjoyed some time-out getting to know each other over the Neighbours Day Aotearoa weekend. This month there are variety of free garden workshops on to help you get ready for winter, as well as an eclectic mix of upcoming events, including the opening of the Paekākāriki Escarpment walk, the Kāpiti Youth Festival, an electric car gathering and the Eco Home advisor conference. To find out more click on a story below, visit the On To It Sustainability News page, or the Sustainable Communities Kāpiti facebook page. 


Ngā mihi nui

Vanessa Crowe, Sustainable Communities Coordinator

Sustainable Communities
Old school hospitality was a common thread across Kāpiti neighbourhoods as people all over the district got into the spirit of Neighbours’ Day Aotearoa with gatherings small and large. Read more
Around 250 little and not-so-little helpers turned rubbish into art at Ōtaki Kite Festival, building a spectacular Sea Monster on the beach to highlight the issue of ocean pollution.  Read more
Enviroschools
Toiora te Moana, Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People – was the kaupapa of Sea Week recently. Otaki preschools, supported by Te Aho Tū Roa (the Maori Enviroschools programme) celebrated by cleaning up Otaki beaches.Read More
Worried about plastics in the ocean? Start at your local beach, say members of Kāpiti College’s Eco Action group. Read more
April in the Garden
The seasons have turned: It’s well and truly autumn and, with or without rain, cooler nights mean more soil moisture. The ground is still warm however, making April the best month to re-sow lawns. It’s the start of the planting season for trees and shrubs, while seedlings of lettuce and other greens are less likely to be fried to a crisp now things are cooler. Read more
FREE garden workshops

Broad beans and winter green crops: Watch, do and learn: How to build soil and keep away weeds over the winter months with green manure and compost. Bring gloves.

  • Monday 18 April 10.30-12am Community Centre, Ngahina St Paraparaumu

 

Composting: Learn the basics, or refine your compost making.

  • Sunday April 10, 1.30-3pm: Paekakariki School Garden
  • Saturday 14 May, 9.30-11am, Otaki Hydroponics, SH1

 

Worm farming: Tricks and troubleshooting to easily recycle kitchen scraps, including how to make a cheap and simple bin.

  • Saturday April 30, 9.30-11am, Otaki Hydroponics, SH1
What's On

Paekakariki Escarpment Track opens

Saturday 9th April from 11am, Ames Street - south end, Paekakariki

New Zealand's Trail will open the spectacular Paekakariki Escarpment Track on Saturday 9 April.

The Track is 10km long, high above the railway line between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay - plenty of steps up, where you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Kapiti Coast and beyond - Stairway to Heaven!

Kāpiti Youth Festival 2016

Saturday 9 April, from 11am, Maclean Park, Paraparaumu Beach 

Get ready for an exciting event filled with activities, live performances, market stalls and good vibes!

Leading the Charge comes to Kāpiti

Thursday 14 April, 3-4pm,Te Wananga O Raukawa, Otaki & 5pm – 7pm, Southwards Paraparaumu

Come see three Tesla Model S electric cars and a BMW i3 plug-in hybrid EV up close.

Eco Design Advisors Conference

Friday 15 April,  9am - 6pm Palmerston North

Promoting healthier family homes to all New Zealanders, this conference is suitable for health professionals, sustainability practitioners, design and building professionals, researchers, local and central government office, elected representatives and students.

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