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Happyzine to relaunch 2015 with crowd support

November 17, 2014 – 11:29 am |

In the spirit of optimism, a Golden Bay writer is relaunching her good news website with a new group of Kiwi writers, saying the daily media site will lead to positive change for the planet.
Happyzine.co.nz founder Charlotte Squire …

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Happyzine launches video to inspire new beginnings in 2015

November 17, 2014 – 11:52 am |

What if?

What if there was a daily good news website with brains, just for Kiwis? One you could check out each morning over your cup of tea so you could start the day feeling good about the world?

Where you could check out the latest stories about positive change for the environment and our people as they strengthened and took care of each other.

Stories, images and video about innovative ways Kiwis are rising above problems; about peaceful, intelligent solutions to conflict; about businesses taking responsibility for their impact upon the world; yummy, ethically produced food; inspiring art projects, athletes pushing their limits in more ways than the obvious; the survivors amongst us; and people who are somehow making it through seemingly impossible challenges, in all parts of New Zealand, everyday.

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Meet Charlotte – she started Happyzine.

Kia Ora, my name’s Charlotte Squire and I’ve got this thing about sharing inspiring stories. Seven years ago I founded happyzine.co.nz – a Kiwi positive news website. I learned a thing or two along the way, and now I want to take Happyzine to the next level, with a team of skilled people.

New writers – tackling any issue with integrity and optimism.

What if a group of talented award winning Kiwi writers started working together to present these stories, images and videos to you 24/7?

What if they lived in communities all around New Zealand and were always on the look out for stories that inspire and collectively add up to positive change across the country?

What if they tackled the crunchy issues, asked the hard questions, and interviewed the people who are really making a difference, with sensitivity and intelligence, without focusing on the most dramatic, alarming angle or headline?

What if every time you checked out Happyzine there was one more reason to feel good about life in Aoteroa? One more reason to have faith in the future of our oceans, our rivers, our air, our land, our people, and our economy because you were reminded that there are people everywhere, of all political denominations, ages, sexual preferences, socio-economic backgrounds, and ethnicities working on making things greener, smarter, and more inclusive?

Happyzine could inspire changes in policy.

And what if the tales of Kiwis making a difference, for the planet and our communities, made their way into the worlds of the people in local and central government, who make our laws, inspiring them to look at things differently?

We want Happyzine to both inspire the people of Aotearoa and influence our policies to become greener.

Imagine the difference that could make.


It’s easy peasy to help the dream live.

I have a plan to make this happen, but we can’t do it without your support.

We don’t need your money. We need your facebook ‘likes’ and your ‘email addresses’ via Happyzine (look right). We need 100,000 of them before Christmas.

We have a pool of sustainable businesses who have pledged to support our vision, and our team of talented writers, providing we show them we have your support.

If you like our dream, like our facebook page or sign up to our ezine today and share our vision with your friends.

Because good news really can make a difference.

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Upcycling Christmas trees in the Hutt

October 7, 2014 – 11:57 am |

With 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 …

Design student inspires with up-cycling exhibition and workshops

October 1, 2014 – 10:01 am |

Otago Polytechnic
An Otago Polytechnic student is creating beautiful, practical furniture and furnishings from unwanted objects that would otherwise be cast aside – and she wants to encourage others to do the same.
Third-year Bachelor of Design …

Massive city wide garage sale with a musical note, in Sydney

September 22, 2014 – 8:19 am |

Over the ditch a massive city wide garage sale is going down next month. The event is fully supported by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Wouldn’t it be nice to a city wide garage sale in …

World wide trend to ban the plastic bag: interactive map

August 25, 2014 – 6:15 pm |

By Tami Wyness
World wide plastic bag use is being discouraged and banned.  The devastating environmental impact that plastic bags use has is being taken seriously in governments all over the world from Uganda to Australia.
As …

Playing for Change: connecting the world through music

August 25, 2014 – 6:12 pm |

On September 20th musicians and music lovers will gather on stages, street corners, and schools for a global day of action to bring music into the lives of children and to promote positive social change …

Blog: holding a flame of hope in the face of Gaza

August 12, 2014 – 9:59 am |

Tami Wyness talks about reclaiming her optmism despite following the news on Gaza.
The other day a friend stated she wanted to hear the news because she thought it would be a good idea to know …

Experience art in the dark in Auckland

August 11, 2014 – 4:35 pm |


Celery Productions present
13 – 16 November.
Celebrating its fifth year and now widely regarded as an arts-institution within Auckland, ART IN THE DARK 2014 returns to illuminate every nook …

Swedish waste: 99% recycled

August 11, 2014 – 4:33 pm |

99% Recycled!
Ka pai Sweden, love Happyzine.
The official Swedish website, https://sweden.se/, proudly states that:
“Less than one per cent of Sweden’s household waste ends up in a rubbish dump. The rest is recycled in different ways.”
They are …

Dance at dawn to a super-duper full moon this Monday

August 8, 2014 – 8:44 am |

Super-duper-moon expected Monday morning
University of Canterbury
August 8, 2014
A super-duper-moon which is bigger and brighter than any other full moon visible this year will appear on Monday (August 11) morning when the full moon reaches its closest point to Earth.
When …

Rare footage captured of tuatara hatching

August 4, 2014 – 10:43 am |

Victoria University
4 August 2014
Rare footage captured of tuatara hatching
Extremely rare footage of a tuatara hatching has been filmed at Victoria University of Wellington. Last to hatch, the egg was one of 23 being incubated in captivity …

Disability no limit for youth on Queenstown adventure

July 30, 2014 – 9:43 am |

Blog by: Matt Alpe
Over four action-packed days in one of New Zealand’s most stunning locations in Queenstown, nine youth with disabilities from Auckland and Christchurch truly pushed their limits and overcame their fears. This journey proved that an …

City of Sydney to lead global climate network

July 11, 2014 – 8:12 am |

The City of Sydney’s leading credentials on climate change action have been boosted by news that it will now head an international network of global cities looking at energy efficiency.
The City is a founding member …

Project Twin Streams Glen Eden | Matariki Planting Day

June 30, 2014 – 8:11 am |

Matariki is the Māori name for the small cluster of stars in the Taurus constellation that rise during the New Zealand winter. Matariki has always been an important time in the Māori calendar. For early …

Taking the light road to a cooler future

June 19, 2014 – 1:34 pm |

Pale surfaces may pave the way to a cooler future for our cities, with a new City of Sydney trial exploring the potential for light-coloured pavement to reduce temperatures in surrounding areas.
The ‘urban heat island …

EPA rejects application for mining off southern Taranaki coast

June 19, 2014 – 1:11 pm |

A small victory is being celebrated by environmental groups this week with the news that the Environment Protection Authority have rejected an application to mine ironsands from the ocean floor off the coast of southern …

Student Volunteer Army planning next major campaign to help the community

June 17, 2014 – 8:08 am |

June 15, 2014
University of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army has begun planning its next major campaign to help the community.
Next week is National Volunteer Week and Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army are preparing for their Random Act …

Project NZ: #theBIGshift conference to launch global business innovation campaign in NZ

June 16, 2014 – 12:29 pm |

13 June 2014
Project NZ: #theBIGshift conference to launch global business innovation campaign in New Zealand
Leading international business innovators and entrepreneurs will gather in Auckland in September for the launch of a new global business …


June 16, 2014 – 12:07 pm |

Okareka Dance Company presents
Having already proven themselves as one of New Zealand’s most dynamic companies on a national level through their critically acclaimed tours of Tama Ma (2009), Nga Hau E Wha (2011) and …

‘Geoff Sewell’s music miracle’

June 13, 2014 – 9:39 am |

From the originally published article in Women’s Weekly ‘Geoff Sewell’s music miracle‘ by Donna Fleming 7 June
The ‘Amici Forever’ founder Geoff Sewell was once told that his daughter Sienna might need to be institutionalised and …

Trial scheme to stop organic waste going to landfill

June 12, 2014 – 11:08 am |

This article originally published on the NZ Herald website ‘Rubbish trial is food for thought‘ by Morgan Tait


A North Shore family of three produced 20 litres of food waste last week, and cut their rubbish …