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April 17, 2018

April - Advocacy to Hamilton City Council

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April 2, 2018

Restore Rotoroa - do everything possible

Meeting 13th March 2018 at the Hamilton Yacht Clubrooms 5.30pmAn interested group of about thirty-five local people turned up to listen to a number of speakers talking about the quality of the water and other issues concerning Lake Rotoroa, Hamilton’s lake. There were some representatives from the Hamilton City Council amongst those attending which was organised by the community group RESTORE with support from Go Eco. The speakers were: Wiremu Puke, who spoke about the whakapapa of the lake, a...

March 17, 2018

Eco Day out

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February 27, 2018

Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park

Article for Seasons Magazine by Catherine SmithIt might be a wet fourth Saturday of the month but that doesn’t dampen the spirits of the many Friends of Waiwhakareke who have assembled in the car park opposite the Hamilton Zoo to put more native plants in the ground. Planting actually started back in 2004 on this particular 60 hectare site chosen especially because it has the potential to represent the original biodiversity of the Hamilton Basin as it was back in the early 1800's when the fir...

February 12, 2018

Rotopiko Lake Reserve Bioblitz

By Shonagh Lindsay - National Wetland Trust...

February 9, 2018

Permaculture design module

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January 31, 2018

Exciting annoucement!

Go Eco are excited to announce that planning is underway for the inaugural'EcoFest Waikato' running from 10-25 March.  They are coordinating a calendar of community organised working bees, tours and workshops to be held over two weeks to showcase environmental and sustainability focussed groups, initiatives and sites around the Waikato.  The festival will kick off at an Eco market in Frankton on Saturday 10th.  The calendar of events will be published closer to the time, but more ...

January 24, 2018

Changemakers!

The next module in our Permaculture Design Certificate focuses on building resilient communities through active citizenship.  We've got some exciting speakers lined up to help encourage, inspire and give you the tools to create the change you want to see in the world. Get in touch to find out more and register now.  Email education@envirocentre.org.nz or phone 078394452....

January 8, 2018

Community Supported Agriculture - where relationship and resilience grow

It’s the relational part of what we are doing that is our point of difference. This was where Sylvia and I got to on Friday when we, once again, discussed the vision for the Waikato Community Supported Agriculture initiative. The thing that stuck me most in our conversation, was that Sylvia has been doing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for a very long time. She is the kind of person that you know…not the kind of person that you make a transaction with in a shop-like sense and wal...

December 23, 2017

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Earlier this  month we hosted "Dreaming of a Green Christmas" here at Go Eco.  We invited groups and members of our community to come in and share tips on how to have a less trashy Christmas. With an increasing awareness of the impact we are having on our planet, with excess consumption, packaging and waste we felt it timely to provide a positive and fun way to learn new habits.  If you missed the event - Here are 5 tips for a Less Trashy Christmas Shop at markets for less packa...

December 8, 2017

Recycle All Plastic HCC

We want Hamilton City Council to commit to collecting all plastics, 1 thru 7, as part of the kerbside recycling collection service.   Please show your solidarity by signing the online petition. Even better, if you are available from 9.30am on Tuesday the 5th of December please come to the Hamilton City Council chamber, as we present the petition to Councillors in the Growth and Infrastructure meeting.  If you want to speak to the Councillors in support of this please email Be...

November 30, 2017

Project Echo - Call for Volunteers

Help the Bats! Hamilton has a special population of native bats just loving life in our beautiful gullies. The scary news is, their population is threatened, but the good news is - you can be part of protecting them!...

November 22, 2017

​Gullies – the best little investment we could make

There has been a lot of talk about playgrounds and investments in community infrastructure lately. Gullies are part of this discussion, but who would know? They don’t get a lot of air time and are somewhat hidden from our everyday realities. They are down there somewhere, doing that awesome work of producing clear air for us, filtering our water, absorbing greenhouse gases, providing critical habitat for native animal species, and all sorts of other undervalued services. At Go Eco, we think i...

November 22, 2017

Successful advocacy

We all hold opinions on what we think the Council is doing wrong, and voice them feverently on social media and in 'letters to the editor'.  But how often do we turn our passionate rants and conversations into meaningful advocacy to our elected Councillors?   The '10 Year Plan - Set the Agenda' hui was organised by Go Eco, Community Waikato and Population Health and was held last week.  The 10 Year plan (which all local Councils have) sets the direction and budget for how our...

November 16, 2017

Enough is Enough!

Wealth equates to success... growth is good... consumption matters…or so we are told!  Imagine if our nightly news had more of the full story?      ...

November 14, 2017

Ecological worldviews

(These notes are based on a full-day workshop titled ‘Ecological Worldviews’ facilitated as part of the Go Eco Permaculture Design Certificate.) Learning objectives: *Be familiar with the different factors that shape worldviews.*Understand the term ‘dominant social paradigm’ and its role in shaping our worldviews.*Understand the meaning and differences between ‘intrinsic value’ and ‘instrumental value’.*Be familiar with different ideas, philosophies and theories that may foster w...

November 8, 2017

Make a quick submission to the Council calling for a zero-waste city.

Go Eco and Generation Zero have made it quick and easy to send a submission to the Hamilton City Council on the 'Waste management and minimisation plan 2018-2024'.  We're calling for a target of zero-waste to landfill and have highlighted key priorities to reach this.  Please take (less than) a minute to make a submission with us. (Your name, email and address are the only required fields)....

November 6, 2017

Frankton feature: Tron record shop

Frankton just got (even more) funky!  This week TRON RECORD SHOP became the new kid on the block.  A cool boutique shop with literally wall to wall original vinyls of every genre you can think of, like every day favourites Elvis, Tom Petty, Aerosmith and ACDC; to the rare and obscure. Records are no longer just for nostalgia - there's a growing community of collectors and music lovers who enjoy the quality and sound of vinyl records.  Recycled for a second life! Frankton is a...

November 3, 2017

Frankton Feature: Frankton Sushi

Greeted by friendly staff in the heart of Frankton -  Frankton Sushi has a large range of ready to eat sushi, including vege options which have a lower environmental impact.  If you're after something hot we recommend the Donburri! Yum. Feel free to dine in, or if you're on-the-go you can bring in your own container or plate to fill. No more disposable plastic containers; but don't forget to say 'No thank you' to the disposable chopsticks and condiments if you don't need them.  Go...

October 24, 2017

#lovemybackyard 3 DAY SALE

It's Conservation Week, and this year the theme is #lovemybackyard.  This can be protecting, growing, nuturing and caring for nature.  To help you to do this we have 20% off all gardening tools both in-store and online.If you're shopping online please use the coupon code "TOOLS20".  ...

October 18, 2017

Frankton feature: Frankton Butchery

“We try and do our bit” is part of what makes Frankton Butchery the place to go for all things meaty and almost zero waste. Smiling faces and waste minimisation practices are a recipe for sustainability success at Frankton Butchery. Making their leftover meat into sausages, giving the bones to our furry friends and recycling their cardboard, this butchery has less than half a wheelie bin of rubbish a week. Frankton Butchery do their bit and you can do yours too! We are past the days of wrap...

October 16, 2017

Energy and Technology Solutions

Most modern systems which we rely on (food, health, transport, etc.) are energy intensive and require large resource inputs. Our current energy generation and consumption behaviours are unsustainable, and are leading to ecological and social problems on a global scale. This workshop explores alternative technologies and energy consumption options, so that we can produce and use energy resources more sustainably. Introducing Tutor Simon Thompson:Simon ...

October 12, 2017

Recap of: Community Garden Network Meeting

Passion flowed last Friday at the Community Garden Network Meeting - a meeting that was described as positive and inspiring.  Over 30 people attended and were invited, by way of introduction, to share what they were passionate about related to community gardening and food. A desire to get their hands into the soil and contribute, passion to see maara kai thrive at marae, fruit trees in schools and a vision of Hamilton as the friendliest city in the nation and world, were just some of the pa...

October 10, 2017

Frankton feature: Frankton Fresh

Simar and Frankton Fresh have been united for only 11 months and have brought friendly faces and discounted sustainable food choices to our Frankton Community. Organic fruit and veges are available to buy or you can grow your own with some vege and flower plants for sale out the front. All at such a family and student-friendly price! The bulk bins promote bringing your own bags or jars to fill up on pantry essentials, minimising the plastic packaging and Simar and his staff love if you bring yo...

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