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Hungry for change; Lifewise and GrabOne join forces to help hungry Aucklanders

June 27, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Social development agency Lifewise have teamed up with GrabOne to make life a little more bearable for Auckland’s most vulnerable this winter.
Caring Aucklanders have a unique opportunity to make a difference with Lifewise’s inclusive …

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Water recycling project makes award splash

June 24, 2016 – 2:00 am |

Sydney Park water reuse 1A Sydney Park project that cleans and reuses the equivalent of 340 Olympic-sized swimming pools of local stormwater runoff a year has been honoured with a 2016 Good Design Award.

The City of Sydney water re-use project harvests and treats up to 850 million litres of stormwater from Newtown’s Munni Street catchment each year. The water is used to irrigate the 44-hectare parkland and supply water to a neighbouring depot.

The elevated terracotta pipes that release the cleansed water into the park’s main pond are now a popular waterscape feature for visitors.

The project has won the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences category in the Good Design Awards – a prize given to products that have the potential to make a significant improvement to the quality of health, wellbeing or the environment.

“This is the City’s biggest environmental project to date and brought together design, science and sustainability to create a significant new piece of green infrastructure,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It not only improves overall water quality and habitat, it also educates residents and visitors on the importance of water management by allowing park visitors to connect to the concept of water capture and cleansing in a beautiful setting.”

Under the water harvesting plan, stormwater is captured, stored and then treated to deliver a new sustainable water supply to the wetlands, Sydney Park, and potentially for nearby industrial use. There is also potential for other water users across the local area to access the clean water.

Director of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Dolla Merrillees, called the Sydney Park water re-use development a ground breaking project.

“We have selected a project which highlights important contemporary issues such as sustainability and social innovation, and addresses the increasingly critical issue of our natural resources,” Ms Merrillees said.

“This community-focussed project illustrates how Australian designers are successfully responding to ‘real world’ problems, by planning our future cities and urban environment with a sense of social responsibility and purpose.”

The City’s water reuse project brought together Sydney firms Turf Design Studio, Environmental Partnership, Alluvium, Dragonfly and Turpin+Crawford Studio, who completed the two year project in October 2015.

The $11.2 million Sydney Park upgrade was co-funded by the City and the federal government. Work included:

Diverting stormwater through underground pipes;
Filtering water through a pollutant trap and series of bio-retention beds;
Revitalising the park’s wetland system to increase storage and improve water filtering;
Landscape improvement to create more recreation and play opportunities;
Connecting wetlands via a picturesque series of water cascades;
Improving the footpath network;
Installing new lighting, seating, and picnic areas;
Installing a dog water station to keep dogs away from the wetlands and give them somewhere to cool off;
Installing an artwork comprising a series of elevated terracotta channels that reflect the site’s history and aerate and distribute water throughout the wetland system; and
Providing information to park visitors about the water treatment and ecological function of the wetlands.
The project plans will be displayed in the Success and Innovation gallery at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science at Ultimo.

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor Belinda Wallis on 0467 810 160 or bwallis@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson on 0499319385 or mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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Youth festival brings Pitch Perfect music-maker and the joy of a cappella to New Zealand

June 22, 2016 – 2:03 pm |

Have you ever wished you were a member of Pentatonix or the Barden Bellas from Pitch Perfect? Now’s your chance to discover how that feels!
 
The Pan Pacific Youth Harmony Festival is a brand new …

Christchurch Art Gallery reveals rooftop ‘Quasi’ to inspire laughter, thought and discussion

June 20, 2016 – 4:00 am |

 Christchurch art gallery
Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery’s latest outdoor installation.
 
Quasi, a five-metre-tall sculpture of the artist’s hand and facial features, has been unveiled …

New career mentoring programme supports and inspires future female leaders

June 17, 2016 – 4:00 am |

On the 16th June, Professionelle will launch its inaugural mentoring programme, which will empower young career-driven women to tackle challenges and take advantage of opportunities with confidence.
Intended to be accessible to young women at any …

Jamie McDell and 55 passionate Kiwis raise their voices for the remaining Maui dolphins

June 16, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Media Release – 13 June 2016 – 55 Kiwis singing to save the Māui Dolphin
“Son of the ocean, son of the sea, come be outspoken, wash all this clean”.
Raising their voices for Māui dolphins, Auckland-based singer/songwriter Jamie McDell …

Sustainable Art Challenge promotes enviro awareness through creativity in Bay of Plenty

June 15, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Being creative is something many of us enjoy.  Living sustainably and minimising our impact on the environment is both an ideal and a challenge.  Raising awareness of our impact on the environment and finding a …

Entries open for 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

June 14, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Sustainable Business Network
Entries are now open for New Zealand’s longest-running and pre-eminent sustainability awards.
The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards, which are now in their 14th year, celebrate the contribution organisations and individuals are making to …

Waikato-Tainui seek to boost reo speakers from 31% to 80% by 2050

June 13, 2016 – 4:00 am |

A partnership between Waikato-Tainui and the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), will be the driving force behind a new programme to increase fluency in Waikato-Tainui dialect of te reo Māori.
He Reo Aratau Certificate in Te …

Kiwis to step up and step into shoes of refugees for 40 Hour Famine

June 10, 2016 – 4:00 am |

A minecraft refugee camp, 40 works of art, backyard box camps and sleeping in a cage are just some of the activities set to take place around New Zealand this month for the 40 Hour …

Green Ribbon kudos for Reconnecting Northland

June 8, 2016 – 2:12 pm | One Comment

Landscape scale restoration initiative, Reconnecting Northland, was applauded at the 2016 Green Ribbon Awards last night, winning the Philanthropy and Partnership category.
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry hosted the 2016 Green …

Creative young Kiwis invited to join the POD programme

June 3, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Media Advisory – Mental Health New Zealand
26 May 2016
 
Applications Open for Creative Young Kiwis.  
 
The Mental Health Foundation is calling for applications for POD, an incubator programme that supports young Kiwis to turn their creative ideas into …

Victoria University partners with Zealandia to focus on urban ecology

June 1, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Zealandia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Victoria University of Wellington this morning in a ceremony attended by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
The agreement, signed by Denise Church, chair of Karori Sanctuary Trust, and Professor …

Electric vehicle car park a first for Hutt motorists

May 31, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The region’s first electric vehicle charging station on public land has been set up by Hutt City Council.
Council has provided a free three hour car park, for vehicles plugged in to the electric vehicle charging …

Kids benefit from solar sponsorship in Wainuiomata

May 30, 2016 – 7:41 am |

 An innovative project has equipped Pukeatua Primary School in Wainuiomata with solar panels that are expected to result in significant financial savings for the low decile school.
Hutt City Council and four private sponsors have provided …

Victoria Uni student shows energy saved by retrofitting all Kiwi commercial buildings could power 330,000 homes.

May 27, 2016 – 4:00 am |

A Victoria University of Wellington study shows that retrofitting New Zealand’s commercial buildings to use less fossil fuel-generated energy could save enough energy to power many homes in the South Island.
Research from Shaan Cory, who …

Self love: one thing that makes an epic difference to the way we experience our lives, no matter how we started out

May 26, 2016 – 7:36 am |

I just posted this in the Kea Group and I wanted to share it with you too,
Love Charlotte X 
Time for a helping of self love? Today I invite you to be super mindful of the …

Victoria student’s research reveals innovative new ways to recycle waste in the Pacific using 3D printing

May 26, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Research by a Victoria University of Wellington Master’s graduand is revealing innovative new ways to recycle waste in the Pacific using 3D printing.
Lionel Taito-Matamua, who graduates this week with a Master of Design Innovation from …

Applications open for YHA youth development award

May 24, 2016 – 4:00 am |

By YHA New Zealand
New Zealand:  YHA New Zealand puts their commitment to youth personal development into action through the organisation’s annual Cora Wilding Memorial Award. The award comprises a subsidy of up to $4,000 toward the cost …

New York expert says parks are for mental health and strengthening community, as well as physical wellness

May 22, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Liveable cities need experience-building parks
City parks are where memories are made, couples fall in love and children grow up – according to New York City’s visionary park chief, who says well-planned open spaces encourage meaningful …

Attitude calling out for challengers

May 21, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Attitude Award winner Nick Chisholm and his wife Nicola are heading to the United States – to try and get pregnant.
The couple need an egg donor to help fulfil their dream of having a child …

Sport and Rec student walking length of New Zealand for people with disabilities

May 20, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Media release – PHAB
May 2016
Sport and Rec student walking the talk for people with disabilities
 
Not one to do things half-heartedly, Henek Tompson is bringing new meaning to “going the distance,” as he walks the length …