2015 is Underway at The Waikato Environment Centre

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Newly arrived in The Waikato Environment Centre is the Sticky Beak range of handy garden tools with wooden Native beech handles, great to use if you suffer from a touch of arthritis. Use to grub flower beds or just general weeding, on its side as a cultivating tool or for sowing seeds to make a hollow line in soil. This has got to be the handiest garden tool…… and best of all this little beauty is made in New Zealand and has two longer versions so that you don’t need to bend!


PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE 2015 - Registrations Now Open

Please note there are limited numbers for this specialized course

This course is run over 12 weekends throughout 2015. Each one-day module will be from 9am to 5pm, held at a variety of sites throughout the Waikato.

Modules can be cross credited in other regions, with an approved provider. The certificate can be completed over 2 years. It is also possible to undertake chosen modules as a part time participant without receiving the certificate.

2014 pamphletKH-2-1.pdf


Are you a keen gardener, who needs a place to stay, and is willing to do work in exchange for lodging? Looking for a long term, quiet tenant with agriculture skills to help work and develop a healing centre with separate basement apartment.

Please Contact Anna            kiwianna64@gmail.com

LIVING STREETS Hamilton, Joint meeting with CYCLE ACTION Waikato, February 3rd

Living Streets Hamilton's first get together of 2015 will be a bit different from the usual variety - we have a joint meeting with Cycle Action Waikato, a group that we frequently cooperate with when presenting submissions on a range of active transport issues to local councils, NZTA etc.

The meeting will be held at the Waikato Environment Centre, now located in the Five Cross Rds Shopping Centre on Peachgrove Rd, (right by the pedestrian crossing!) at 5.15pm, Tuesday February 3rd. Parking at rear

Come along and join in! Regards Judy


WAIKATO REGIONAL COUNCIL- Community Initiative Fund

Please find attached an application form for another round of the Waikato Regional Council's Small Scale Community Initiative Fund.

The SSCIF is designed to support community and individual landowners by funding materials, up to the value of 5K, used in pest animal and plant pest control in ecological restoration projects. The criteria are broad enough to suit a range of projects and to allow repeat applications by groups for smaller grants. SSCIF projects will be driven solely by communities and individual landowners and will have minimal level of support from staff. Once groups are more established and if their projects require more resources, they have the option of applying to the Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF). In the past the criteria prevented funding of contracted services as the focus was to support volunteer labour. This has changed to allow up to 1K to be applied for contracted labour to recognise the need for skills required to plan and undertake pest control that may not be available amongst a volunteer group. Applications for the fund have traditionally been opened in June and allocated in July each year. The fund has been consistently oversubscribed so council has agreed to double the funds made available.

The fund is also open to those with QEII covenants and those wanting to undertake work in areas identified by the Council as Significant Natural Areas (SNAs).

Be aware that if you have applied to the Department of Conservation's Waikato Community Conservation Fund you won't hear the outcome of this fund before the 20th February. You may choose to apply to the SSCIF as an additional option in case you miss out on funding through the DOC fund.

Applications for a further 75K of funds are open and close 20th Feb 2015.

Cheers Moira




Te Wananga o Aotearoa will be rolling out the Certificate of Indigenous Research Programme for 2015.

Indigenous Research is a programme designed to teach the skills of research utilising a kaupapa Māori perspective. The programme is delivered in English and an understanding of Māori values and philosophies are discussed and developed. Tauira (students) will also gain knowledge of the roles and obligations of an indigenous researcher. This programme has just completed its fifth successful year having enrolled both Māori and non-Māori tauira.

Please contact our Enrolment Help Desk Freephone 0800 355 5530800 355 553 preferably during work hours 9am – 5pm on week days so that they can set up an interview for you.











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