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We have a new-look newsletter on the way to your inboxes! We're updating and moving to a new platform. As a result, you may find that it doesn't hit your mailboxes. If you don't receive one, please have a look in your spam/junk folders and be sure to use the link at the bottom to add us to your address book. It will have the subject line "Latest community news and events from Waikato Environment Centre".

We hope that you enjoy the new format. If there is anything that you find to be unhelpful or problematic, please let me know ( We value your feedback.

Thank you.

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Catch up on our radio show

If you missed this week's Earth Matters radio show, you can catch up by listening to the podacst on Free FM on Demand.

In this week's show, Sam spoke about the work of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and focused on the Ecovillage Design Education and auditing a community for sustainability.The GEN envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing their own pathways to a sustainable future, and building bridges of hope and international solidarity.

You can also check out the GEN's website at

Waikato Botanical Society - Anniversary Weekend Trip

Whareorino Revisited (Combined with Rotorua Botanical Society)

Saturday 28th Jan – Mon 30 January 2017
Meet: Corner of Fraser Smith Road and Manganui Road, Awakino @ 11am 

Leader : Thomas Emmitt (WBS) or ph 07 878 1050 (wk), 07 280 7142 (hm) 0275405762 (mob)

Grade : Med-Hard

Accommodation: There is a shearers quarters available to stay in, there is enough room to sleep 8. If you would like to tent there is plenty of flat ground around the quarters to set up tents. Let me know your preference. Accommodation costs will be covered. The quarters have hot running water and a fridge freezer, bring your own cutlery, pots and pans etc., just in case.

Bring: Camping gear (including gas cooker as one stove might not be enough), sleeping bag, pillow, food, sturdy boots.

We will be visiting Awakino Scenic Reserve on the Saturday. Awakino Scenic Reserve is a hard beech forest with a coastal influence. On Sunday we will be taking a look around Stuart Russell Reserve, a Native Forest Restoration Trust Reserve which contains the most northern hard beech forest where hard beech is the dominant forest type and as well as a few coastal oddities. On Monday we will have a look around some recently protected wetlands on a local farm (this may change due to access and we may visit some coastal saltmarsh).

Please let me know of your intention to join by Thursday.

Any questions send me an email or give a call: Kerry Jones 027 747 0733.

NZAEE Waikato Meeting - help us design our next event!

When: 5 – 6 pm 31st January
Where: Waikato E​nvironment C​entre, Five Cross Roads Shopping Centre, 242 Peachgrove Rd, Hamilton

At our AGM late last year we discussed hosting a climate change education forum related to the sea during Seaweek 2017 (25 Feb to 5 March). This forum would be aimed at educators to help them learn about climate change and how to educate about it. It was proposed to hold the forum at the Chartwell Room at the Hamilton Gardens on the evening of Thursday 2 March. The format may be a panel of speakers followed by small group workshops. Possible panellists and members who would approach were noted.

Come along and help plan what will be an exciting event. Kai provided. All welcome, RSVP would be appreciated:

Waikato vegans' pot luck

When: Saturday 28 January at 1pm
Where: Hamilton Gardens, Rhododendron Lawn

It's a free, shared meal event, so bring your own picnic blanket or something to sit on, plates, cutlery, and of course your favourite vegan dish to share (i.e. no animal products: no meat, dairy, honey, or eggs). As this is a family event please don't bring alcohol.

You can join the Waikato Vegans Facebook group, for updates or questions.

Clothes Swap

When: Saturday, 4 March at 2pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Five Cross Roads, Hamilton

A clothes swap is a great way to recycle unwanted clothes (or that item that really is not ever going to fit, ever again) and update your wardrobe in a fun way. There are different ways to do it but we will keep it really simple and do a straight swap; not worrying about assigning values to items or putting a limit on how many items people can leave with but being considerate at the same time.

Bring 2 - 5 (or more) quality items that you are happy to see go to another home. Items can be clothes, shoes or accessories (jewellery, scarves, hats, belts etc). Items must be in good condition with no damage.

I know that size is a sensitive issue for some and you may not feel like you will be able to benefit from the swap but there are lots of clothes that are multi fit and with the inclusion of accessories. I'm sure there will be something for everyone.

How the swap works:

  1. When you arrive, put your items in the appropriate pile (small/medium/large, accessories)
  2. Once a few people have arrived and there is a fair selection of goodies we will all politely rummage through the piles. If you like it keep it, if you don't put it back on display.
  3. Be considerate with the number of items you take (give everyone a fair chance)
  4. Left over clothes will be donated to New Lives Rescue

The Choice is Ours - Free Screening Documentary

When: Wednesday 15 February, 7-9pm
Where: The Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Five Cross Roads, Hamilton

The Venus Project is organising a free screening of the movie The Choice is Ours. The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable.

The screening of 'The Choice is Ours' is coordinated by Kevin Ma. Kevin is the Point of Contact for The Venus Project in New Zealand. Kevin came to know The Venus Project in 2012 after watching a documentary film called Paradise or Oblivion. The message in the film resonated with Kevin's beliefs so much, he felt compelled to do something to make the changes he wants to see in the world and he become a Point of Contact for The Venus Project.

Kevin would like to invite you to the screening of 'The Choice Is Ours'. This is an opportunity to explore together, with like minded people, a possible alternative future for our world.

Sustainability Coordinator vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the University, for a part time Sustainability Coordinator, 15 hours per week.

See the attached job advert below for more information.

Sustainability Coordinator Advert 2016.pdf

Back to School with BUSIT

Getting to Hamilton's high schools and intermediates is easy by bus.

With 28 routes crossing the city, most schools are either on a bus route or just a short walk away.

Child fares apply to children aged 5-14 and to year 9-13 students with approved school ID, or when in school uniform.

Whenever you travel in the city, you can transfer on to another bus for free, so long as it’s within an hour of buying your ticket.

Further information is available in the flyer attached below.

Getting there:

Explore the map to find out your easiest route to school. 

Or check out the Journey Planner, which provides door to door journey options and travel times.

BUSIT Back to School Flyer.pdf

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Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Let's get more people riding!

Staff at the Waikato Environment Centre are taking part in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge this February.

This summer the New Zealand Transport Agency is rolling out an exciting new campaign to boost cycling all across the country. With tailored guidance and tips, a friendly workplace competition, and lots of great prizes on offer, it's a great time to ride bikes in NZ. They also have local leaderboards for Wellington, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and New Plymouth!

Join the Aotearoa Bike Challenge today! Then like it on FB!


Meet the Shorebirds

Where: Maraetai Bay, Port Waikato
When: Saturday 21 January; 2-4pm

Port Waikato Beachcare and Art@thePort are hosting a "Meet the Shorebirds" day on Saturday 21st January at Port Waikato.

The attached flyer has all the details and there is also a Facebook event page


Workshop for NGOs and environment organisations

When: Friday 3 February,9am-1pm
Where: Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens

Dave Campbell & Al Fleming are organising a half-day workshop specifically for environment organisations/NGOs and groups interested in the proposed Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1.

This workshop would focus on preparation of submissions to the proposed plan change and any other actions the environment/NGO sector would like to organise regarding freshwater quality in the Waikato region

Coffee/tea will be available at 9am and a lunch will be served at 1pm. If you are keen to attend please RSVP for catering purposes to

Waikato Botanical Society

2017 Trips - Draft Programme

The draft programme for the 2017 Waikato Botanical Society trips is out. See the attached programme below.

Waikato Botanical Society Trips 2017.pdf

​​​​​​​​Love your Bike Day 2017​​

When: Sunday 12 February​​; 10am to 1pm
Where: Innes Common (next to the Hockey Centre with access via Queens Ave)

Bring your family and friends to this free, fun bike event which is a must for all those who enjoy biking or want to build their biking confidence. There will be great prizes to win on the day (including three new bikes), a bike decorating stall, bike checks, bike races and biking skills demonstrations for all ages and levels of experience.

Register here​ (registrations close Thursday 9 February 5pm).

Recycle Runway

Donate your stylish clothes and Buy your tickets

Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Time: 9am
Venue: Cancer Society's Lions Lodge, 32 Tainui Street, Hamilton
Tickets: $20 from Eventfinda or Cancer Society offices

Sustainability is a huge challenge for the fashion industry. From the environmental impacts in the manufacturing of textiles to the social impacts of an insatiable appetite for cheap, fast fashion. However, there are so many pre-loved treasures out there that sustainable fashion can be easy.

The Cancer Society is hosting Recycle Runway a great opportunity to shop for quality second-hand fashion while supporting the Cancer Society. A treasure trove of pre-loved women’s clothes and accessories awaits at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society's newest fundraising event.

Limited tickets are available, so we recommend getting your girlfriends together and purchasing your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

They also need your clothes and accessories:

Please also have a look in your wardrobe for clean, quality clothes and accessories that you can donate:

  • Women's clothing (all sizes)
  • Hats/fascinators
  • Scarves
  • Handbags/purses
  • Jewellery/watches
  • Belts
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoes

*No swimwear, underwear or sleepwear.

Items can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Cancer Society Office – Cnr Grey & Beale Streets, Hamilton East
  • Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge – 32 Tainui Street, Hamilton
  • Oosh – 72 Victoria Street, Cambridge
  • Playmates Boutique – 46 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu
  • A Little Bit Different – 43 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga
  • Cafe Frock – Cnr Thames & Marshall Streets, Morrinsville (ask for Deborah)

For more details, contact event coordinator Alison Duncan or phone 07 903 5816.

2017-18 Plenty Permaculture Design Course

Starting 1 April

Learn to do permaculture design so you'll love your property and it'll love you back!

Find out more

Bokashi compost give-away

Paula has an over abundance of bokashi compost so has some bucket loads to give away. It's a great compost activator that you can add it to your compost bin. Alternatively, simply trench it in to the garden and in a few weeks it will have composted down completely.

Contact Paula to arrange to get some if you are interested:

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Changes are afoot

This week we are excited to welcome Kelli Pike to the WEC team. Kelli brings heaps of retail and business experience to the centre. You might recognise her as the owner of the vintage store Teacup & Saucer and the person who ran Market Place. A long-time lover of vintage, as well as local and handmade, Kelli has a strong commitment to promoting sustainable consumption and so will be a perfect fit for our eco shop. Kelli also has her own radio show Kelli From The Tron in which she promotes living the good life in the Tron. Her weekly show brings news, views and local music to past and present Hamiltonians. Drop in and say hello to Kelli while you do some Christmas shopping. We know that she is going to be a great addition to the team.

As we welcome Kelli, we are sad to be saying farewell to Jan Graham who has been the life and soul of the eco shop and a valued team mate. Jan and her husband, Charlie, are heading up to Kerikeri to embark on new adventures. Charlie has been a valued volunteer over the years,lending his skills as a talented craftsman (just look at our wonderful pallet shelving as an example of his handy work) and IT specialist. We wish them the best and look forward to hearing about future happenings, but will miss the fun, enthusiasm, energy and friendship that they have brought to the centre. Jan's last day in the shop is 23rd December so please drop in to wish her all the best

Holiday schedule for the Centre

Just a reminder of our holiday dates and times so that you know when we'll be here and when we'll be putting up our feet for a rest.

It's a busy time at work for everyone and it can be a squeeze to get prepared for the festivities as well as get through the workload. To help with that, we have a couple of late nights in the shop coming up so that you can pop in after work for some last-minute shopping.

Late night shop opening next week:
Thursday 22 December until 7pm.

Centre and office closed:
Friday 23 December 2016 at 4pm until 10am Monday 16 January 2017

Shop closed:
Saturday 24 December 2016 at 2pm until 10am Monday 16 January 2017.

On the airwaves:
Sustainable Consumption

Wednesday 21 December, 5pm

Earth Matters next week will explore sustainable consumption. Anna and Sam will look at the consumptive system that we cocreate and the underpinnings of gift-giving. Find out how you can give sustainably by listening in to the wonderful Jan Graham, showcasing the Eco Shop and it's wonderful array of products at Five Crossroads, Hamilton. Silly season sustainabilty is possible!

Do you use used coffee grounds in your garden

As you can see in this video below they are a valuable free resource which adds nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium, zinc, manganese, and iron to your garden. Free used coffee grounds are available at cafes and service stations in Hamilton. The cafes and service stations that put the used coffee grounds outside make it very easy to pick up.

  • BP Victoria St - good size bags in clearly labelled bin outside.
  • BP Ham East - considering offering this service
  • BP Frankton - good size bags on request
  • Jack's Café - good size bags in bin outside
  • Coffee Culture - good size bags on request
  • Z Stations: Anglesea St, Stadium, Pukete, Dinsdale, Frankton, K Drive - bags of about 1kg on stand inside

Do you know of any others in and around Hamilton? Please ask your local café or service station or both and use this valuable resource and stop it being dumped in the landfill.

Weave Twilight Market

Tonight, 4:00pm – 8:30pm 
Waikato Migrant Resource Centre, Claudelands Park, Boundary Rd, Hamilton, Waikato

Weave Twilight Market is back again this year! Cross the world in a few hours by tasting delicious food from 13 different countries -including Colombia, Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Argentina, Japan, Singapore, Mexico and more.

Travel to new countries by getting involved in crafts, henna, eyebrow threading, hair braiding and face painting. Bring a rug or fold-out chair and enjoy the cultural performances while eating your food.

The fifth edition of New Zealand Red Cross' Weave Twilight Market will take place today from 4-8:30pm. Come along to the Waikato Migrant Resource Centre on Boundary Road in Hamilton

The Drama of Conservation: Pureora Forest

Book promotion

Eds: King, Carolyn; Gaukrodger, John; Ritchie, Neville

All profits made go to DOC!

Pureora Forest Park was the scene of the famous tree-sitting protest of 1978 that stopped the logging of one of the last remnants of old-growth podocarp forest in the central North Island.

This book reviews that event in the broad context of the geological history of the volcanic zone, its flora and fauna, and the history of Maori and European utilization of forest resources. Chapter length discussions cover management of the native forest by the New Zealand Forest Service; the forest village and its sawmills; the intensive timber harvesting, and the conflicts with conservationists and expensive compensation agreements that ensued. Separate chapters cover initiatives to protect the forest from introduced herbivores; to guard protected species, especially birds, from predators; the facilities for recreational hunting; the development of the Timber Trail, an 83 km cycleway through the forest and along old logging tramways, complete with detailed interpretation signs illustrating the history of logging; and the family recreation areas and tracks.

The book is a unique and informative companion for any visitor to this beautiful and significant forest. Co-published by Springer Verlag and the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Hamilton.

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Holiday schedule for the Centre

It's all go here at the Centre while we try to get through our busy to-do lists and get ready to shut the doors for the holiday. Below are the dates and times so that you know when we'll be here and when we'll be putting up our feet for a rest.

It's a busy time at work for everyone and it can be a squeeze to get prepared for the festivities as well as get through the workload. To help with that, we have a couple of late nights in the shop coming up so that you can pop in after work for some last-minute shopping.

Late night shop opening:
Tuesday 13 December until 7pm
Thursday 22 December until 7pm.

Centre and office closed:
Friday 23 December 2016 at 4pm until 10am Monday 16 January 2017

Shop closed:
Saturday 24 December 2016 at 2pm until 10am Monday 16 January 2017.

Christmas shopping at the Centre

Sustainable gifting doesn't mean disappointment and boring presents. We have lots of awesome Christmas presents and stocking-fillers for all your whanau and friends here at the centre. From gardening delights to fancy knickers (those famous Thunderpants), candles that smell so delicious you will be tempted to eat them, drink bottles and reusable straws you can take anywhere, toys, stationary, weta houses and gorgeous snail mausoleums, and beaded tree necklaces.There's something for everyone.

Pop in on weekdays between 10am and 4pm, on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm, and don't forget our late nights listed above.

Green Drinks at WEC

When: Tuesday 13 December 3.30-7pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

Remember that you are invited to join us for our pre-Christmas drinks next Tuesday.

Join us to celebrate the year that has been and to enjoy some festive cheer with one another.

Come and taste some Kaivolution treats and some of Katherine's famous punch, while delighting in some Christmas craft creations if you choose. And if that's not enough, we have a little line-up of events to entice you in:

  • 4pm - Sustainable gift-wrapping, a Furoshiki deomostration by Tania Ashman
  • 5pm - Music and songs by Samantha Rose and Shine Murphy
  • 5.30 - Eco Shop delights with our retail extraordinaire, Jan Graham
  • 6.15pm - Poetry with Hepara Isaac
  • 6.30pm - Poetry with Stephanie Christi

Do you have a rental property?

Check out our new service!

Earlier this year the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Act came in to force which requires rental properties to comply with certain standards, including fire safety and insulation.

  • Landlords have until July 2019 to ensure their properties have adequate levels of insulation, but here is why you shouldn’t delay:
  • There are currently insulation subsidies available, but once these are used up landlords will have to pay full price for their insulation.
  • There will be a last minute rush, where all the landlords that haven’t planned ahead will need to have insulation installed. To avoid high prices from reputable companies, or to avoid poor quality work by fly-by-night/cowboy installers, get your property ready now!
  • Getting your property up to standard can take longer than expected. Plan ahead and get your insulation installed in time to avoid a $4000 penalty.

The Waikato Environment Centre now offers RTA Compliance Certification, and other services to help make sure your home is safe, healthy, and resource efficient.

Tania and Camilla are both qualified Home Performance Advisors and can offer you a professional and supportive service that ensures you are given all the information you need to comply with legislation.

Our service is competitively priced, with all profits going to support the Waikato Environment Centre and its many initiatives (including enabling us to run community workshops on creating safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable homes).

If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you to help make sure your properties are compliant and certified, or to see whether any of our other Home Performance services might be of interest, please get in touch with Tania or Camilla:

Earth Matters Radio Show has gone weekly!

Summer is here and hopefully, at least for some, there will be some much needed downtime. Perhaps some time to be with our friends and family and reflect a little. In next weeks show (December 14) Anna and Samantha will spend some time exploring deep ecology, discussing an exciting project about Integral Ecology and sharing some thoughts on the need to remember our interconnectedness. Tune in every Wednesday at 5pm on Free FM 89.0. Shows are also replayed at 2pm on Mondays and if that doesn't suit your schedule, you can catch up on the podcasts online at any time:

Waste Minimisation Facilitator Job

Waikato Regional Council have an exciting position in waste management and community engagement. They are looking for a Waste Minimisation Facilitator to fill a 6-month secondment period. Check out the advertisement for more information or visit or phone 0800 800 401.

Last few days to submit:

Draft Lake Domain Management Plan

RESTORE wants a swimmable lake! Submissions close on Sunday 11 December. If you want to have your say, please join us in making a submission on the Draft Lake Domain Management Plan: Submission to Hamilton City Council. Access the online form here:

Sustainability Workshops in Te Aroha

Adventures in Sustainability Waikato is running a series of workshops for the whole of next term on Tuesday nights in Te Aroha. Sign up soon (spaces are limited) to learn how to live a more sustainable life. See the poster below for more information.

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Today is the meteorological start of summer! It's going to be a busy few weeks before we break for the holidays. Below is information about upcoming events and news from the Waikato Environment Centre and community groups.

Come work with us

We are sad to announce that our retail guru, Jan, is leaving us before the end of the year. While we are excited about the new adventures ahead of her, she will be leaving behind big shoes that need to be filled.

So, we have an exciting opportunity for an eco-minded retail whizz to join the team. We need someone to start in this role as soon as possible so get your application in quick.

YOU could be Waikato Environment Centre’s next Eco Shop & Admin star, if:

  • You’re passionate about helping people live more sustainably, minimising waste, and supporting local
  • You’re confident with accounts and administration
  • You have great communication skills, and love talking with people
  • You’re computer & internet savvy
  • You have attention to detail and great time management
  • You’re flexible, and happy to chip in with other tasks
  • You’re fit enough to lift boxes

Ideal - but not essential if you’re a quick learner:

  • Retail and stock control experience
  • MYOB experience
  • Knowledge of environmental issues or activities.

The role is currently 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday; job share may be possible.

For a full job description, or more information, please contact Sonia Fursdon, Manager at Waikato Environment Centre:, ph 07 839 4452.

Catch up:
Earth Matters Radio Show

Yesterday's radio show looked at food waste and two awesome community initiatives that are supporting our community to make the best use of our precious resources. Sam and Anna spoke with Simon from Kaivolution and Colleen Bourne from Community Fruit Pick. Community Fruit Pick has rescued tonnes of apples, persimmons, pears, citrus and feijoas from our orchards and neighbourhood trees sharing this out to our community. Since its inception in 2014, Kaivolution has rescued over 200 tonnes of food - wow! You can catch up on the podcast of these good news food rescue stories on Free FM 89.0

Green Drinks at WEC

When: Tuesday 13 December 3.30-7pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

It's hard to believe that another year has almost passed and that the silly season is almost upon us. To show our gratitude for your support and to celebrate another awesome year, you are invited to drop by the centre at any time between 3.30 and 7pm on 13 December to enjoy some entertainment and fun, say hello, and have a drink with us. Mark it in your diary now.

Marvellous Mondays

Marvellous Mondays continue to run at the Waikato Environment Centre from 12pm until 2pm. Next week there is no specific topic or presentation but there will be staff here who can answer your questions around things like our efficient home performance service and the Waikato TimeBank. So, please pop in and ask us your questions. It would also be a great time to bring in your e-waste for recycling (charges apply).

NZAEE Xmas meeting:
Waikato branch

The end of the year is fast approaching but time for one last gathering on Thursday 15 December from 5.30-7pm at the Waikato Environment Centre. There will be drinks and nibbles, Andrea Soanes’ will tell stories from her recent trip to the subantarctic islands (amazing) and we will consider what we should input into the national executive for work next year. We will also consider support for each other for next year, including hosting a climate change education forum in conjunction with Seaweek at the beginning of March. Oh, and we will have a short AGM too.

Hope you can make it. Please RSVP to me at by December 12 if you will attend.

Waikato Biodiversity Forum Newsletter

Enjoy the catch up on a slice of what’s happening around the region in the attachment below:

Newsletter November 2016 Number 52.pdf

Toy Trade

Saturday 10th December, 10am-1pm
Garden Place, Hamilton

The day has come to clear out your toy box and wardrobe. If you are between the ages of 5 and 12, register for a stall and come along and swap, trade or sell toys with other children! See the registration form attached below:

HCC_ChristmasCity_Toy Trade_A4 Registration Form_FINAL.pdf

World Soils Day

NZ Society of Soil Science, Waikato Museum and the University of Waikato invite you to celebrate World Soils Day on 5 December, 4-5.30pm at the Waikato Museum. View the attached invitation for more information about the programme.

World Soils Day 2016_Uni NZSSS invite-1.pdf

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Talking Rubbish

Marvellous Monday and the Waikato Sustainability Network meeting

Monday 28 November 12-2pm
At the Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

Marvelous Monday's at WEC are rolling on, with next week's session focused on Waste Minimisation. WEC staff just love to Talk Rubbish - it's true! And we have a fantastic Eco Store full of products that can help you reduce your waste. Unless we change our ways, by 2050 there will be more weight of plastic in the oceans than there are fish - yikes!!

Visitors to Marvelous Monday are encouraged to join the Waikato Sustainability Network meeting (12-1.30pm) and listen to Emily Botje, HCC Asset Manager and Waste Expert, discuss Hamilton City Council Waste Management Proposals. Emily will provide you with the information and insights you need to make your submission on the Hamilton City Council Waste Management proposals due by the 30th of November. Waikato Sustainability Network meeting are held every four Monday of the month and cover a range of topic areas. These meetings, facilitated by Anna, will now feature as part of WEC's Marvelous Mondays!

Vote TODAY for Kiwibank’s next Predator Free Community

Help determine who will be Kiwibank’s next Predator Free Community by voting for your favourite.

Watch the videos and choose the one you’d like to win. Then tell your friends to vote. The entries have also been placed on a map to show you where they are located in NZ.

Voting closes at 5pm TODAY, 25th November 2016. Please note, only votes received on the website will count.

The ten communities with the most votes will become finalists and from those finalists the judges will choose five winners.

The winners will be announced on the 2nd December at 5pm.

Good luck to all our entrants.

RESTORE wants a swimmable lake!

If you want this too, please join us in making a submission on the Draft Lake Domain Management Plan: Submission to Hamilton City Council. Access the online form.

Hammond Park Working Bee

Our last working bee for 2016

This Saturday (TOMORROW), 1 - 3pm Hammond Park.

Rain or shine, get your gumboots on and meet at the Malcolm street end of the boardwalk in Hammond Park, Riverlea.

We will be weeding among the willows and elders and possibly clearing parts of the river bank depending on numbers and ability. Children are welcome (but not great for toddlers).

What should I bring? Secateurs or gardening knife, long sleeves, gardening gloves - we can supply some if needed. And what about afterwards? Stick around for light refreshments (baking and drinks) afterwards onsite.

This will go ahead unless there is a metservice weather warning, in which case we'll send out an email and post on our facebook page (which you might like to peek at even if you're not on facebook:

Te Kauri-Waikuku Trust AGM

4:30pm, Tuesday 6 December 2016
At the Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove rd, Hamilton

Motion: to change the Trust Deed item 11.3 Audit to read:

The Board shall, as soon as practicable after the end of every financial year of the Board, cause the annual accounts of the Board for that financial year to be prepared by an accountant appointed by the Board for that purpose and the Board shall present the accounts to the annual meeting of the Trust together with an estimate of income and expenditure for the current year. An audit of the accounts by an accountant appointed by the Board, shall be voluntary.

Flora of New Zealand Book

Allan Cunningham’s book, Precursor to the Flora of New Zealand, (compiled by Peter Heenan, Brian Molloy and Jeremy Rolfe) is to be published in early 2017. The book is being offered at a pre-publication price of $40 including GST and postage until 5 January 2017. After that date the price will increase to $50.

The book can be ordered from the NZPCN online shop or by completing the form in the flyer.

Please circulate the flyer widely through your newsletters or networks.


Mangaiti Gully Restoration Group blog

Are you following the Mangaiti Gully Restoration Group blog site?

The latest postings include:

  • Serious about predator control in Hamilton (urgent vote required)
  • Rototuna Primary School active in Gully
  • Annual Tree sale
  • Restored an old seat

Check it out at

Advisory Committee for Regional Environment (ACRE) Nominations

An opportunity to be involved in environmental issues across the Waikato Region.

Nominations for membership of ACRE are open and people or groups/organisations within the Waikato region are invited to apply. Members are appointed from around the region and meetings are held monthly in Hamilton. Nominees will be required to indicate their support of ACRE’s objectives and to indicate their acceptance of the nomination and of the duties of membership. If you are interested, please go to to read the rules and terms of reference for ACRE complete the nomination form and forward it to Waikato Regional Council, using these contact details

Nominations close on 2 December at 5pm

Waikato Botanical Society - End of year do

Monday 28th November, 5.30-7.30pm

The date has been set for the end of year do. It will be on the 28th November between 5:30 and 7:30. Bot Soc will provide drinks and nibbles. Everyone is invited to talk for 5 minutes and show some photos. It doesn't have to be botanically related.

They are still working on a venue - more information is to come

Contact: Kerry Jones, 027 747 0733.

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Food: Access, Availability and Affordability

Tune in to tomorrow's radio show

In this week’s Earth Matters show, we’ll be talking about food and, in particular, access and affordability. Sam will describe her visit to the wonderful Grandview Community Garden. Community gardens can make local food both accessible and affordable! Anna will highlight some of the ins and outs of the new food safety legislation and how this may affect local food. We also have some slow food on the conversation menu and some fun songs along the way. Tune in for our fortnightly show, Wednesdays at 5pm, or listen to the shows via the Free FM podcasts -

Come work with us

Exciting Opportunity for Eco-minded Retail Whizz

YOU could be Waikato Environment Centre’s next Eco Shop & Admin Star, if:

  • You’re passionate about helping people live more sustainably, minimising waste, and supporting local
  • You’re confident with accounts and administration
  • You have great communication skills, and love talking with people
  • You’re computer & internet savvy
  • You have attention to detail and great time management
  • You’re flexible, and happy to chip in with other tasks
  • You’re fit enough to lift boxes

Ideal - but not essential if you’re a quick learner:

  • Retail and stock control experience
  • MYOB experience
  • Knowledge of environmental issues or activities.

The role is currently 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday; job share may be possible.

For a full job description, or more information, please contact Sonia Fursdon, Manager at Waikato Environment Centre:, ph 07 839 4452.

Marvelous Mondays at WEC 

Composting and RESTORE Lake Rotoroa

We're starting a new thing at the Waikato Environment Centre. Every Monday we are making staff available to chat to people about sustainability topics. Each week there will be a focus on specific issues - starting next week with

  • Composting: Find out about how to turn your waste into food for a happy garden; and
  • Cut the crap - RESTORE Lake Rotoroa: How is birdlife impacting on water quality and how can we solve the problem?

Drop in between 12 and 2pm on Monday to find out more or ask any questions that you have been pondering.

Urban Design and Living - Workshop

When: Saturday, 26 November; 9am– 5pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
Tutor: Antoinette van der Weerden

“Cities are sometimes not regarded the domain of permaculture but in this class we see how we can simply claim back space and turn our cities into human spaces once again.”

This urban design module focuses on our permaculture zones but increasing this scale across a city and region. The module will open your eyes and challenge your perception of what a city or town should look like. We will focus on where and how humans fit in today’s cities?

We will also look at how to retrofit a city to embrace our permaculture principles. How do we use these principles to create more liveable and connected cities. Reflect on water management, energy production and use, food production, social connection, transport, resource efficiency through sharing.

We will also visit Heidi Mardon’s sustainable house in Hamilton City, and will look at a range of strategies to reduce your ecological footprint using sustainable design and building projects.

Cost is $135 (Discount available for WEC members).

To find out more or book your place, contact Jan on or call us on 07 839 4452.

Evolocity Workshop 

take an electric bike for a test drive

When: Saturday 19 November, 11am-1pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
RSVP: By email:

Join Waikato Environment Centre, MeloYelo and electric bike expert Bruce McKenzie for a free workshop. Learn about the benefits of electric bikes; the pros and cons of buying a new electric bike versus convering your exising bike; evaluate whether your bike is suitable for converting to electric; what the conversion process involves and what tools you need; doing your own conversion, versus getting expert help; new electric bikes: an overview; Q&A; and test rides.


WEC AGM reminder

Please join us to celebrate the passing of another great year at the centre and to look forward to the future.

Our AGM is on Tuesday the 22nd of November, starting 5.30pm at the Waikato Environment Centre.

Drinks and nibbles are on us so to help us ensure there is enough to go around, please RSVP to by 18 November.

There are a number of awesome people putting their hands up to join our already awesome board. If you are a member of the Waikato Environment Centre, then you will be eligible to vote at the AGM.

Contact Jan using the email address above to find out more about becoming a WEC member. Please join us in bringing our board into being for the following year!

The AGM agenda and trustee nomination form are attached below.

2016 AGM Agenda.pdf

WEC Trustee Nomination Form 2016.pdf

Green Drinks at WEC

When: Tuesday 13 December 3.30-7pm
Where: Waikato Environment Centre, 242 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton

It's hard to believe that another year has almost passed and that the silly season is almost upon us. To show our gratitude for your support and to celebrate another awesome year, you are invited to drop by the centre at any time between 3.30 and 7pm on 13 December to say hello and have a drink with us. Mark it in your diary now

Managing a house cow

Course on how to milk a house cow

When: 18-20 November 2016

Well it has been a spring like no other. Calving did not go as planned this year but things are finally getting settled.

Learn about the ins and outs of Managing a House Cow at a two day course this weekend - two places left.

Management, milking, butter, yoghurt and cheese making discussed and demonstrated during a social live-in weekend.

Bookings are essential - please contact Sheryn Clothier: 07 883 1898 or email

Level 2 foundation skills horticulture course

This course will contain aspects of horticulture, arboriculture and landscape construction.

Name: My career pathway - Fresh Green Start
Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2
Where: Hamilton, Rotokauri Wintec campus
When: Starts 31 January 2017 for one semester and after that in July 2017 again
Entry criteria: open entry, but an interview is required to determine suitability
Fee: free fee

Students will complete credits to obtain NCEA Level 2 while doing this course

This course is intended for people without a qualification (or year 12 school students) that would like to work outside doing garden maintenance, planting and pruning trees, and building the structures needed in a garden, and that later on would like to progress to a higher qualification in arboriculture, horticulture or landscape design/construction.

Fresh Green Start is a hands-on, practical programme where students work with their classmates to build and create a food garden. The classroom is not confined to just a room, but a garden where we will be doing the building, planting and growing plants from seeds and cuttings.

Applicants do not need any qualifications, previous experience or skills for enrol in this course. We will show them how to do everything they need to do.

Friends of Waiwhakareke potting day

18 November

We will be potting at 172 West Rd on Friday 18th November from 9am to noon. We look forward to your help there. Bring morning tea and if you are unsure of anything ring me on 078558296 or email me at

The last potting date for 2016 is 9th December

Community Fruit Hamilton

working with Tautoko Waikato and Hamilton Boys High School, Community Fruit Hamilton are holding the Christmas Bake Off on Sat 3 December in the Foodtech kitchen at the school.

Our goal is to make up treat boxes of baked goods which include choc chip biscuits, sugar cookies, peanut brittle, caramel corn and Christmas muffins.

We need volunteers to help on the day

Condensed milk for the biscuit recipe, choc chips or any other baking supplies (not sugar please, we have that), non-perishable Christmas themed food. Donations can be dropped off at the Waikato Environment Centre, Peachgrove Road, or sent in to HBHS with your son.

Sign up to help on Facebook

Or contact Colleen 021 253 1526

Community Fruit Hamilton.pdf

Environmental Education Conference

Connecting with Nature

January 20-21, 2017
At Te Kauri Lodge, Oparau, Kawhia

Programme includes:

  • Hands-on sessions with experienced environmental educators, covering stream studies, forest ecology and forest restoration
  • Team challenge activities and environmental orienteering
  • Inspiring speakers
  • Local attractions including Te Kauri Lodge Museum.

See the attached for further information.

TK Conf flyer.pdf

Waikato Branch Forest and Bird Talk

Thursday 17th November

Kōkako Recovery update. John Innes, Wildlife Ecologist in the Biodiversity and Conservation Team at Landcare Research will tell us the latest from the national Kōkako Recovery programme. John’s research with North Island kōkako clarified key roles of ship rats and possums as decline agents, resulting in experimental management that recovered kōkako and spurred the development of ‘mainland islands’ for broader objectives.

John has been on the Kokako Recovery Group since its inception, as well as the kaki (black stilt) and kākāpō teams; has worked with dabchicks, black-billed gulls, kereru and tui, and has had a long interest in ship rats.

Bookings for dinner prior to the talk at 6.15 to Jane McLeod by 12th November $12.50 per person, phone 856 2505

7.30 Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens

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