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Produce no waste - even in a disaster zone

After the Christchurch quakes, masses of usable material was landfilled. Support Kaikoura to do things differently, and create a blueprint for intelligent disaster response.

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/supportiwk

Innovative Waste Kaikoura is a community enterprise that aims to help Kaikoura reach zero waste to landfill by giving a second life to Kaikoura's waste. Thanks to the hard work of Kaikoura's community they have been achieving 75% diversion from landfill. One of the highest rates in New Zealand!

A series on Forest Gardening by Robert Guyton pt 1

https://thestandard.org.nz/the-essential-forest-gardener/

The following is a Guest Post from Robert Guyton and is part of a series appearing over 12 Sundays. Other parts can be seen here.

Robert is a sustainability pioneer who along with his family grows the oldest food forest in NZ. A long time organic gardener, permaculturist and heritage orchardist, he’s a columnist, a regional councillor for Environment Southland, and an early climate change adaptor.

The Thirteenth Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC13)

(posted on behalf of Ross Marr, APC convenor)

Kia ora to all of our friends in New Zealand. APC13 will be held in Perth, Western Australia,

from October 2-5, 2016 with tours, workshops and courses to follow. Attendance and

participation is open to all people who have undertaken courses in permaculture and who

adhere to the ethics, practices and principles that permaculture is built on.

Attendees typically come from all over Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia, but we

Chair report to AGM April 2016

Blessings to one and all.

I have to start by saying that it has been a hard year for council. We ended up with 5 members and this was just not enough people to cover all our responsibilities very effectively. In addition a number of council members had personal issues disrupting their lives, such as the multiple deaths of family members and friends, house moving etc. This mean that we were stretched pretty thin. Nevertheless we managed to get some important things done.

International Award for Graeme North

The international Bale Heart Award is the latest feather in Warkworth architect Graeme North's cap.

North is a building design pioneer in New Zealand using low impact natural materials including straw bales, unstabilised earthen walls and lime plasters.

He received the award at the International Straw Building Conference: Natural Building in the 21st Century in Methven, Canterbury in front of 200 delegates from 15 countries.

"I was utterly blown away, I wasn't expecting it at all," North says.

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