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Solutions focus: How iNaturalist could make a difference for the planet and replace Pokemon Go this Conservation Week

August 16, 2016 – 7:20 pm |

I’m standing on a dirt road pointing my phone at a cheeky little creature as I try to catch it on my iPhone screen. The toddler on my back and the dog at my side …

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Look for the good every day and build a vibrant life

August 10, 2016 – 7:45 am |


Hi, Charlotte here. This morning the Happyzine Kea group are pondering this question. It’s amazing what you find in your life when you look for the good, no matter how tough things seem. Questions like this flip your perspective over and suddenly things begun to feel kinda ok. So in our private Facebook group, six mornings a week I serve up good news, and a two minute happiness exercise. The daily factor is important as it helps you return to the goodness in your life day after day, and believe me, I know I need to be reminded frequently! The thing is – if you want happiness – you do need to take control and focus on the beauty in your life – even the teeniest bit of effort can make a positive difference. In our group there’s a sense of community and some mutual support going on as well. And you are invited to join it. Here’s some more info:http://happyzine.co.nz/kea-group/

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Community rally to help young orca on the North Island’s east coast

August 10, 2016 – 4:00 am |

A baby orca separated from its family is the focus of a rescue mission uniting University of Canterbury marine scientists, DOC staff, local Iwi and residents on the North Island’s east coast.
 
Marine mammal scientist Dr …

NZ’s largest litter clean up is set to take place from September 12-18th.

August 9, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Registrations are now open for Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s annual clean up week. Taking place in September each year this is the biggest national clean up initiative to take place on the calendar in New …

Out of the man cave and into the men’s shed in Naenae

August 8, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The MenzShed Naenae is a hive of activity, providing a space and tools for members to work either individually or together on projects.  The members focus on wood work, making wooden toys, providing firewood and …

Deaf can access olympic games thanks to new captioning services

August 6, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Able’s captioning service will bring all Kiwis to the finish line
 
For the first time ever, Able are offering captioning services for free-to-air coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Prime, making the games …

Kiwi bosses invited to join silent leadership challenge today!

August 5, 2016 – 4:00 am |

CE of The National Foundation for the Deaf, Louise Carroll, is challenging all CE’s to support their family members, friends, colleagues and staff who are hard-of-hearing by participating in The National Foundation for the Deaf …

Shell Chapel the winner of Tiny Huts comp in Christchurch

August 4, 2016 – 4:00 am |

A Shell Chapel, a Mini Marae and a Turret are among the five winning ‘Tiny Huts’ designs that will be built in New Brighton. The winners were announced at New Brighton Mall this afternoon. Each …

Urban forest to grow for National Tree Day in Sydney

August 3, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Volunteers can help expand Sydney’s green, cool canopy for National Tree Day by planting over 2,000 native seedlings at Jubilee Park in Glebe today, Sunday 31 July.
This year is Planet Ark’s 21st National Tree Day …

Outlook for Someday film comp helps Kiwi youth focus on sustainability

August 2, 2016 – 4:00 am |

What does sustainability mean to you?
Since 2007 The Outlook for Someday has received over a thousand answers to that question by young New Zealanders entering its annual film challenge.
Now in its 10th year The Outlook for …

Expert encourages public to adopt permaculture approach to rivers in the Hutt

July 31, 2016 – 9:42 pm |

Expert urges new way to appreciate Hutt River
While many Lower Hutt residents love the Hutt River, they can take it for granted.
Next Monday an international expert will urge residents to look at Hutt River in …

Paraparaumu named New Zealand’s most neighbourly town

July 19, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Paraparaumu has topped more than 100 towns and cities across the country to win the first ever Neighbours Day Aotearoa Town of the Year title.
 
The title recognises the efforts Paraparaumu residents made to help turn …

Koha café concept a hit in Naenae

July 18, 2016 – 4:00 am |

A community project offering affordable healthy lunches in the Lower Hutt suburb of Taita has become so popular it has expanded to neighbouring Naenae where it has also been embraced.
The Koha Café, run by community …

New walking access mapping system now live, opening up spaces for Kiwis

July 13, 2016 – 4:00 am | One Comment

 
The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has launched an improved version of its free nationwide Walking Access Mapping System to make it even easier for people to identify public access in the outdoors.
The upgrade includes …

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 …

Water recycling project makes award splash

June 24, 2016 – 2:00 am |

A 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 …

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 …