Change and exchange at Ecomatters

 

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The challenges facing our world can feel overwhelming at times but I believe it's always important to remember that every little thing we do can and does make a real difference.

 

This month, we're bringing you a new workshop, all about developing and implementing a personal emission reduction strategy. Do check this out if you are keen to know more about what you can do on a personal level.


You may also recall that I recently returned from an environmental and cultural exchange to China. Thanks to everyone who took the time to ask me more about this after our last newsletter.

 

Here's a few impressions of my time in China - overall, I came away feeling optimistic that by working together, we can achieve real change.

 
 

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Mauri ora!

 

Damon Birchfield

CEO, EcoMatters Environment Trust

 
 

 

WHAT'S ON

 
 

Seasonal Pulse Winter: Organic Gardening

 
 

SEASONAL PULSE WINTER: ORGANIC GARDENING

Sunday 18 August, 10.30am - 1pm

Longbreath Farm, Wait?kere

 

Only a few days left to register for this workshop, focusing on getting ready for spring. Held at Longbreath Farm with tutor Brendan Hoare, you'll get practical tips and advice on organic gardening.

 

Tickets available here.

 
 
 

 

 

Talking Trash with Juliet Date

 

 
 

ZERO CARBON HERE WE COME

Saturday 31 August, 10.30am - 12.30pm

EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn

 

Struggling to know where to start when it comes to developing a personal emission reduction strategy? This workshop will help you understand how your own emissions add up, and develop a priority plan for what to tackle, when and how.

 

Entry by koha. Register here.

 
 

Seasonal Pulse Winter: Organic Gardening

 
 

RESTORING OUR WHENUA: NATIVE PLANT SEED RAISING AND ECOLOGY

Saturday 14 September, 10.30am - 12.30pm

EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn

 

This practical, hands-on workshop will teach you about collecting and growing native seed. It will appeal to anyone who wants to get started planting natives in their garden, school or marae, or to restore waterways and forest.

 

Tickets available here.

 
 
 

 

Seasonal Pulse Winter: Organic Gardening

 
 

DIY RAINWATER HARVESTING

Saturday 28 September 10.30am - 12.30pm

EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn

 

Running for more than 10 years now, this is one of our most popular workshops. Join the rain harvesting club and learn practical tips for collecting rainwater for your garden, with step-by-step instructions for creating a rain barrel system.

 

Tickets available here.

 
 

NEW GARDENING GOODIES AT THE ECOMATTERS STORE

Spring is on its way and the EcoMatters Store is a great place to find useful and sustainable items for your gardening plans, including Niwashi garden tools, native plants and our new EcoMatters weedbags.

 
 
 

 

EcoMatters WeedBags

 
 

EcoMatters Weedbags are locally made and ideal for composting soft weeds, especially if you don't want to use herbicides or move weeds off your property.  


Getting started is easy - choose a sunny spot to put your weedbag and then fill it up with weeds. Seal it tightly once full and leave the weeds to break down into usable compost.

 

Large bags (1.8m x 2.4m)- $45 each

Small bags (1.8m x 1.8m) - $40 each

 
 

EcoMatters Store and EcoHub

 
 

We get new stock in regularly, so its always worth visiting us at:

 

EcoMatters Store, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn
Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-2pm

 

We'll also be at the new monthly Fresh Finds Market at New Lynn Community Centre, which starts on Saturday 14 September, from 9am to 2pm. Pop past and say hello!

 
 
 

 

DROP OFF YOUR E-WASTE ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

 
 

New Zero Waste Events Advisor Jamie Annandale

 
 

It's now easier to drop off e-waste with us.


On Mondays and Tuesdays, between 10am and 2pm, our Depot at Unit E, 489 Rosebank Rd, Avondale will be open to accept e-waste drop offs.


From Wednesday through Sunday, between 10am and 2pm you can drop off e-waste at our EcoMatters Store, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn.


Check what we accept and recycling fees here.

 
 
 

 

GOT WATER WOES?

 
 

 

WATER TAP

 

 
 

Is your water bill higher than average? Do you have a specific water issue or concern?

 

Check if you're eligible for a free water check with EcoMatters' Sustainability Advisors. We'll visit your home to take a look at all things water related, and provide water saving advice and in some cases, free water saving products.

 

EcoMatters' water saving advice service is funded by Watercare Services Ltd.

 
 
 

 

JOIN THE RESTART RIDE

 
 

 

WATER TAP

 

 
 

As part of the Puket?papa Low Carbon Network, we're getting behind the Roskill Climate Restart and Ride on Saturday 24 August, from 12.30pm to 4pm.

 

The day starts with a guided, wh?nau-friendly Roskill Climate Ride along the Te Auaunga Walkway (image thanks to Bike Auckland) before an afternoon of community, questions and inspiration exploring what climate change means for Puket?papa.

 

Find out more and register for this free event here.

 
 
 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Check out our volunteering opportunities below, and join our EcoMatters Volunteers Facebook Group. If you have specific interests or skills you would like to share, email volunteer@ecomatters.org.nz.

 

Volunteer schedule

 
 
 

 

Pest trapping

 

 
 

PEST FREE OLYMPIC PARK

Our team of volunteers has been making great progress in their drive to create a Pest Free Olympic Park. If you'd like to help make this vision a reality and can spare as little as 1-2 hours a month, we'd love to have you on board. Days are flexible and arranged in advance. You'll be fully trained in how to monitor, check and reset traps in Olympic Park, New Lynn.

 

Email melissa@ecomatters.org.nz

 
 

 

 
 

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