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Work for govt in support of cycling in Aoteroa

October 8, 2014 – 11:36 am |

Passionate about cycling and want to make a difference in this fine country?
The New Zealand Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) says the NZ Transport Agency are pulling together a team of “cycling-focused employees.”
CAN secretary Adrian Croucher said they’re putting …

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Upcycling Christmas trees in the Hutt

October 7, 2014 – 11:57 am |

Eco xmas treeWith Christmas approaching, how about a creative upcycling idea for your Christmas tree?

Hutt City Council are calling for entries to their ReTree Festival, a Recycled and Crafted Christmas Tree Exhibition

The Council has teamed up with Te Omanga Hospice to bring the first Recycled Christmas Tree exhibition to the region.

Entries are now open for the exhibition, which invites people to make a Christmas tree from recycled materials. It will raise money for charity through a display of the trees in Lower Hutt’s CBD.

“We’re calling for local artists, children, outside-the-box thinkers and everyone with a passion for recycling, Christmas, or both to bring this year’s most extraordinary tree competition alive, says Natalie Hormann, Project Coordinator.

“The Re-Tree exhibition celebrates recycling and creativity in our city and aims to bring some peace, enjoyment and fun into the busy pre-Christmas period.”

As well as raising money through donations at the exhibition, ReTree Festival raises awareness about environmental issues and things we can do to help, in particular re-purposing objects that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

“Artificial trees are usually made of petrochemicals, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), metals, and sometimes even lead. They are not fire-resistant; they can’t be recycled and are used for a short period before ending up in the landfill. By making one from recycled or natural materials you are helping to protect and promote a sustainable city,” says Natalie.

There are two categories for the event: Recycled, Natural/Crafters and a separate schools section.

The full criteria for the event and online registration is available athuttcity.govt.nz/ReTree

The Christmas trees will be exhibited through December starting with a special launch being planned for 30 November in the Lower Hutt CBD.

For further information contact Natalie Hormann, Environmental Sustainability Advisor on 04 570 6666 or email Natalie.Hormann@huttcity.govt.nz

 

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MEDIA RELEASE
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