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Congratulations to Janice Hall of Glenview the winner of our Enviroexpo worm farm. Janice caught the bus from Glenview  to pick up her prize, and was absolutely thrilled to win the worm farm ( as she never wins anything!)


Hot on the heels of Meat-free May, it's time to show off your recipes and share some kai.

This meat-free potluck doubles as a fun cooking contest. Bring food for the vegetarian or vegan section. Prizes incude Best-looking Dish and Fanciest Name, so get busy!


We aim to inspire more plant-based eating as part of a practical response to climate change.Come along to keep warm, meet like-minded people, and eat some great food.


We can't heat up food at the venue. Please bring a serving spoon. We'll give you a card to fill in when you arrive to say if your dish contains gluten, dairy, eggs or nuts, so be aware of what you've added. Lots of parking is available in Five Cross Roads carpark; access to EnviroCentre is through the back door.


5pm Doors open 5.20 Last call for cooking contest entries

5.30 Speeches 5.45 Eating! 6.15 Prizes

7pm Finish


Be there to support this final step

The classification of the 5.2 ha is back on the agenda (this Thursday 26 May) of the Ordinary Council Meeting starting at 1.30pm in the Council Chamber. Item 9 Waiwhakareke Land: Declaration of Reserve. Please come along to make sure this final crucial step goes as planned. See you there!



You are invited to participate in a workshop for Environment / NGO groups and individuals interested in the Healthy Rivers Project. The purpose of this workshop is to:

• update the Environment / NGO sector on the likely plan change recommendations the Collaborative Stakeholders Group (CSG) will be making to the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora Committee on 7 June

• discuss various issues associated with those recommendations.

• seek a mandate from the Environment / NGO sector regarding the Environment / NGO sectors bottom lines to be tabled at the CSG workshop 7 June.

• discuss where to next and possible actions for the Environment / NGO sector, e.g. submission guidelines.

Workshop details are:

DATE: Friday 3 June

WHERE: Rotary Room Hamilton Gardens

TIME: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Coffee / tea will be available on arrival. A lunch will be served at the end of the workshop. If you do wish to attend please RSVP by 31 May for catering purposes.

Al Fleming


Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc.

PO Box 70 171 · Tauranga 3155 · New Zealand

M 021 988 295


When Saturday  4 June 8am to 2pm Apple Orchard In Newstead

           Sunday    5 June 8am to 2pm Persimmon Orchard Tamahere

Email: or text 021 253 1526






Creating Living Buildings Short Course

Offered in partnership through Ara and Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice this Professional Practice course will support you to design and deliver living buildings in Aotearoa NZ.

- Two day block course on the Living Building Challenge and Integrated Design - Webinar support to apply your learning on real projects for following 2 months- Facilitated by Jerome Partington

Why enrol?

- Valuable information sharing towards co creating a regenerative future

- Inspiration to play your part in creating a sustainable future

- Professional development enabling diverse and rich dialogue and learning that supports your creation of authentic sustainable projects and outcomes

- Learn how to use the Living Building Challenge goals as drivers for positive change

- Learn to work together to create the best outcomes within budget, time and quality constraints

Who for?

- Construction professionals. design professionals, engineers, clients

Where and When:

Christchurch: Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 June 2016

Auckland: Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 June 2016

Dunedin: Thursday 7 & Friday 8 July 2016 (TBC by demand)


$997 including GST. Some EECA 50% bursaries available for small businesses and masters students.

More info

Talk to us :Jerome Partington 021 716 212

Steve Henry 021 705 873 Otago Polytechnic

Bernadette Muir 021 403 635 ARA Christchurch



HCC is calling for feedback, and for registration to make verbal submissions on July 7, at a hearing on the future of the Founders' Theatre.

Because the decision that is made could have considerable influence on the future functioning of the CBD, it would be great if you could take a few minutes to fill in the on-line feedback form, even if you don't want to appear at the hearing. The site for reading the background and providing your feedback is:



further detail here



For Migrants starting 7 June please see attached

Wellbeing Programme at the centre-1.pdf


If anyone is interested in joining an established organic food co-op that regularly orders directly from Ceres, please contact Ravi Talele. Ravi Talele <>

The co-op is based in Rototuna but there are members in various parts of Hamilton so shared pickup is possible.



Men’s Health Event to be held on Monday 20 June 10am – 1pm at the Celebrating Age Centre, 30 Victoria Street, Hamilton.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness of men’s health and the preventative steps men can take to improve their health and well being.

This FREE event aims to offer health checks – hearing screening, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, heart risk assessment, and diabetes risk assessments. You can even walk through the inflatable colossal colon. You can talk to our friendly nurses and other health professionals. You can even try to win a raffle prize.


A reminder our trip to the Ed Hillary Hope Reserve is planned for this Saturday May 28.

More details below and on our website

Our first visit to the new Ed Hillary Hope Reserve, established by the Native Forest Restoration Trust and opened in May 2015. The new reserve contains 180 hectares of established forest and more than 280 hectares of farm land well suited for restoration. It adjoins the Four Brothers Scenic Reserve, and is crossed by the Hamilton Raglan Road. The reserve and restoration project contribute significantly to the network of protected native forest areas within 20 kilometres of Hamilton. It will also become part of Waikato Regional Council’s Halo Project, which involves active pest animal control at selected sites near Hamilton to support birdlife such as tui and kereru.

To assist restoration and protection efforts, more information is needed on the existing flora of the reserve. Meet at the Landcare carpark in Hamilton at 9 am, or the reserve entrance on Old Mountain Road (approximately 826 Old Mountain Road), Waitetuna at 9.45. If the weather is bad we will consider postponing to the Sunday. Send the trip organiser an email if you are planning on coming and wish to be kept informed of any changes, and/or check this site.

Waikato Branch RSNZ Lunchtime Lecture Series on Climate Change

To Members and Friends of the Waikato Branch of RSNZ,

We have created a lunchtime lecture series on climate change with the objective of presenting current knowledge on the subject to a larger audience than our talk series usually reach. To accomplish this we are taking the series into the city, where the venue is the Reception Lounge in the Hamilton City Council building in Garden Place. The idea is for people to come along, eat their lunch, and learn about how climate change could effect them and what possible mitigation measures there are. The series begins on Thursday June 2 and continues with one lecture each week for six weeks – the final lecture is on Tuesday July 5. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. The full programme is available at:

Please note that the final lecture is actually part of the Royal Society of NZ's 2016 Ten by Ten (10x10) Series, which fell nicely into place with what we are doing.

. If anyone receiving this message has any useful suggestions on getting the word out, or is able to post a flier somewhere visible could you please contact us on

Looking forward to seeing you at a lunchtime lecture soon.


Paul Taylor






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