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On To It: Sustainability News



Kia Ora On To It readers,
Welcome to Winter. It’s getting cold outside but we have heaps of ideas and tips to keep you busy. This month’s garden advice provides some particular instruction for pruning meanwhile inside Richard gives valuable insight into the importance of insulation.  There are some great initiatives being launched, we are really excited to introduce our new ‘Volunteer Opportunities’ page, produced in partnership with Volunteer Kāpiti.  Volunteering is a great way to get involved within your community while learning some new skills and meeting great people.  We also celebrate the launch of Love Food, Hate Waste and will be calling for your food saving tips in exchange for giveaways on our facebook page.  And we are counting down to the our Greener Neighbourhoods competition kick off - four neighbourhood groups are ready to take up the challenge to reduce their environmental impact; we have a line-up of esteemed judges and you are invited to join us.

Enjoy reading and your long weekend,

Ngā mihi nui,

 Vanessa Crowe, Sustainable Communities Coordinator

Volunteers – Kāpiti’s sustainable workforce defines sustainability as ‘the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed’.   A sustainable community then, is one whose levels of service to its people can be continuously upheld even in times of adversity or disaster; citizens do not suffer a withdrawal of benefits.  Who does this job?  In large part, volunteers do!

This month, in partnership with Volunteer Kāpiti, we are launching a Volunteer Opportunities page. Find out how you can get involved, learn skills and give back to your community through becoming a volunteer. Read more.

Love Food, Hate Waste, Save Money

The average New Zealand family throws away three full shopping trolleys of uneaten food each year, adding up to more than $560 of food going to waste. The Love Food Hate Waste website draws awareness to our behaviours around consuming and throwing out food, with a range of informative solutions and tips. Read more.

Do you have a great tip for avoiding food waste?  Share your tips on the Sustainable Communities Kapiti facebook page and win!

Greener Neighbourhoods Launch

The countdown to the Greener Neighbourhoods competition launch is upon us! This year we have four groups from Raumati South, Raumati Beach, Waikanae Beach and Ōtaki lined up to participate. We will be kicking off with a special celebration at the Raumati South Memorial Hall, 2-4pm, Sunday June 12th. Read more.

A commitment to Fair Trade at Kāpiti College

A delicious morning tea of hot chocolate, tea, coffee, baking treats and bananas provided an excellent opportunity for staff and students at Kāpiti College to deepen their awareness of Fair Trade issues during International Fair Trade fortnight. Read more.

Maximise comfort and health, by upgrading your insulation. 

A chill is in the air. If you are indoors and feeling some drafts it’s time to look at some ways to make your home warmer for winter. As Richard Morrison explains, it’s all about insulation and curtains. Read more.

Welcome to winter

With the shortest day almost here, growth is slowing down. The dormant season is a good time to prune deciduous trees and vines such as pipfruit (apples and pears), figs, grapes and roses. Citrus can also be pruned over winter. After pruning, feed with compost and mulch deeply. Read more.

Garlic Planting Workshop

Monday mornings monthly, a growing group gets together to learn what’s happening seasonally in the garden, share a delicious morning tea, and take home seeds and seedlings as well as ideas of what to do at home. This month the focus is on planting garlic, Monday June 13, 10-12am at Kāpiti Community Centre, Ngahina Rd Paraparaumu. Read more.


Volunteer Opportunities

Gardening in Schools

Do you have green fingers?  Create a beautiful and inviting space for students to learn about gardening and growing their own food. This can be done either, with students and teachers in school hours, or out of school hours or weekends. If working during school hours suit, you would be working with young people from early childhood age to college age. Read more.

Ngā Uruora Tuesday working bee

Ngā Uruora looks after ecological restoration on the escarpment running all the way from Paekākāriki Overbridge to Pukerua Bay. We are looking for volunteers to join our group on Tuesday mornings doing various tasks.  Read more.

Bike Repair

The Paekākāriki Bike library is looking for people to help with bike repairs and fix ups. Learns skills on the job and or offer your expertise to help others learn.  Read more.


Paekakariki FM Audio Editor

Paekākāriki FM really needs someone with basic fast computer skills to learn to be our audio editor to help keep our Audio library of audio treasures from the community up to date. Anyone out there keen to get that experience and do good special but not difficult community work welcomed.  Read more.


What's On

Raumati Beach Clean Up

Lets clean up our beach! Join other local residents for a beach clean up, meeting on beach outside the Waterfront bar, Raumati Beach.  Council will provide resources and support. 10am, June 11th. Read more.

Free Sustainability Film-making Workshop for Students and Teachers
The organisers of the “Outlook for Someday” short film challenge are offering a free workshop in Kāpiti for students, teachers and youth workers. Read more.

Reflective is the new black

Designers, home sewers & craftspeople, this is your chance to shine - and WIN! A new competition has just launched in the Wellington region to design or redesign high visibility wear to keep cyclists, walkers and runners safe at night. The aim is to develop and promote high visibility wear that is practical and fashionable! The competition closes on 29 July 2016. Read more.

Library pick of the month

How to grow edibles in containers: good produce from small garden spaces (2015) by Fionna Hill.

Fionna draws from her experience with container gardening on an apartment balcony in Auckland. Her advice is still useful for Kāpiti conditions as she supplies plenty of tips on providing the optimum growing conditions for over 45 crops that are suitable for small spaces. Several less common varieties are included to add extra colours and flavours to cooked and fresh dishes.

There is a chapter each for growing microgreens, gardening with children and recipes. Photographs of colourful salads whet the appetite and spark motivation to follow her lead. Read more.

A Kāpiti Coast District Council initiative. For more information contact the Sustainable Communities Coordinator, Vanessa Crowe.
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