August On To It

August has snuck up on us! No8 Wire Week was a buzzy week of activity, we are very thankful to all of the excellent demonstrators who shared their knowledge and skills.  See below for some great pictures from the 37 workshops, excursions and events that were packed into our programme.  This month we also have stories from The Love Food Hate Waste campaign, and details about the upcoming Waste Reduction Grant.  As usual Hannah Zwartz provides excellent garden advice, Richard Morrison gives tips for keeping your home dry in winter and Rosemary McCarthy presents her library pick. If you missed No8 Wire Week, or just keen for more, check out our What’s On page - there are still more free workshops and events coming up!
Ngā mihi nui
Vanessa Crowe

No8 Wire Week proved to be popular and began with a buzzing launch celebrating both  our win of the Neighbours Day Aotearoa “Town of the Year” award and our kiwi ingenuity.  It was a wonderfully inter-generational event with families, ZEAL youth  and residents from the Coastal Villas retirement home enjoying the evenings activities. Read more.
People went home from No8 Wire workshops with tinctures, tool boxes, hand-made paper, eco-cleaners, kombucha scoby, rat traps, gourmet treats, recycled jewellery, harakeke kete, lanterns and more. We also learnt about keeping bees and chickens, building compost piles, fixing bikes… See the photo essay here.
The weather varied from spectacular still sunny days to record storms, but people turned up to the No8 Wire excursions in all conditions. Kids taught their grown-ups to be wild in nature, trees were planted, habitats were discovered and Kohekohe forests admired. See the photo essay here.
Kiwi households throw out about 79kgs of food each year, which is the equivalent in weight to eight sacks of potatoes. As a nation, we throw out enough food every year to feed the whole of Dunedin for two years! The Love Food Hate Waste campaign was launched in June. See what have we been up to so far

Waste Reduction Grants now open!

Our annual Waste Reduction Grants are now open! This year there are two different types of grants:

  • Waste Reduction Grants for Community Projects
  • Waste Reduction Grants for New Technologies and Seed Funding

Find out more.

What's On
Green Gardener workshops, food trucks, more barrels of fun... find out whats coming up here.

August in the garden
Some winters it seems as if the grass never stops growing. Usually in July gardeners get a few weeks off from ongoing lawn mowing. This year not so much. Warm conditions due to climate change mean gardeners have to be adaptable and resilient. So if life gives you long lawns, make compost! Read more.

Dry homes are cheaper to heat.

If I tipped half a bucket of water on to your carpet what would you say to me? No doubt some choice words would come to mind! But did you know that the same amount of moisture (over 5 litres), comes off a load of washing drying inside. Richard Morrison shares excellent advice on keeping your home dry.


Library Pick of the Month
Gardening with less water: low-tech, low-cost techniques, use up to 90% less water in your garden (2015) by David A. Bainbridge.

For more information contact the Sustainable Communities Coordinator
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