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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 …

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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 the school with a large, 10kW solar PV power system. The project requires the school puts at least 80 per cent of the resulting financial savings from lower electricity costs into initiatives that will enhance the socio-economic wellbeing of its students.

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says, “I would like to acknowledge WelTec, Parley Media, Ostro Energy and PAK’nSave Petone and Lower Hutt for their fantastic contribution to this Council led project.”

“This initiative has so many positive outcomes. It’s supporting environmental and economic sustainability and giving young people a greater awareness of how energy is generated and used. It’s also great to provide the school with long-term monetary savings to invest into students’ wellbeing.”

Pukeatua Primary School Principal Jenni Adam says the school plans to use the money to purchase ICT equipment, and a potting shed, glasshouse and fruit trees to enhance its Garden to Table programme.

Project coordinator Martin Barry, Hutt City Council’s Eco Design Advisor, hopes this model of support is replicated throughout the country.

Mr Barry explains “Schools are an ideal candidate for solar PV, as they consume most of their electricity during the day, as it is generated. Any unused energy is sold back to the grid.”

“Solar PV has an expected life span of 25 years, so it is intended this project will provide these enduring benefits into the longer term”

Pukeatua School won a tender sent out to the six decile 1 and 2 schools in the Hutt region that do not have solar.

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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 …

Sub Urban launches social enterprise scholarship in Johnsonville

May 16, 2016 – 7:47 am |

Sub Urban in the Johnsonville Shopping Centre is launching the Sub Urban Social Enterprise Scholarship which will provide a local person with support to grow their social impact idea into a business.
The person will be from …

Young New Zealanders dedicate 40 hours to refugee children

May 16, 2016 – 7:30 am |

Imagine cramming your entire life into a tiny backpack, packing nothing more than a few essential items that you need to survive. Then carrying that backpack through war zones, across countries, sometimes continents, in search …

It’s New Zealand music month!

May 13, 2016 – 4:00 am |

To celebrate here’s the official NZ Music Month channel on YouTube. 
This month – take the time to check out some new kiwi musicians.
Check out Ten Feet Tall by Fat Freddie’s Drop: https://youtu.be/S-JTTNNL5qQ

Nelson seed library opens

May 12, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The Nelson Seed Library – a Permaculture in Nelson Group (P!NG) initiative – is opening on Saturday 11 June 2016 at Elma Turner Library. Guests will be welcome to register and borrow their first …

How to impress someone with your best NZ sign language pick up line

May 11, 2016 – 4:00 am |

It’s New Zealand sign language week! Yay!
Watch this cute video about a super hero (er, well actually a pretty normal guy) who seeks to woo a pretty lady at a cafe using beautiful New Zealand …

Fejoia fever takes fruit in New Zealand

May 10, 2016 – 8:05 am |

Stuff reports that stories of massive fejoia fruit are circulating New Zealand right now, as the fruit obligingly fall to our feet and invite consumption. A Nelson grower reported an enormous 420 gram fejoia this …

Ohope beach artist carves Maori design into huge driftwood that comes and goes

May 9, 2016 – 6:17 am | One Comment

It’s the ultimate story in detachment – The NZ Herald reported Bay of Plenty artist Harlem Shine has spent four years carving Maori design into large logs washed up by storms.
He never knows where his …

Ted Talk: Draw your future into reality

May 8, 2016 – 7:57 am |

Research shows if we draw our dreams they’re 65% more likely to happen says Patti Dobrowolski.
Watch the Ted Talk here.

Future looks bright and cool thanks to New Zealand’s top student Oxana Repina

May 7, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Stuff reported New Zealand’s top student Oxana Repina wants to make a positive difference for the world, especially the climate.
Oxana has just been awarded the Prime Minister’s award for academic excellence, for her work in 2015.
Right …

Living big and living happy in a shipping container

May 6, 2016 – 4:00 am |

I LOVE this series of videos from Living Big in a Tiny House.  Here’s their latest – a really impressive shipping container home, with some major design to be inspired by. Have a gorgeous day, …

New Brighton design competition calls for creative ideas for five “tiny huts”

May 5, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The Press reported that a new design competition for five tiny huts is being launched to breathe life into New Brighton, Christchurch.
“Ideas include a wedding chapel, a puzzle room, an optical illusion and a reading room,” …

NZ’s Largest Clean-up: 1,900 Volunteers Make Environmental History

May 4, 2016 – 4:00 am |

Over 1,900* Aucklanders rallied together to make environmental history yesterday (Saturday 30th April) – clearing a staggering 5 tonnes of rubbish, approximately half a tonne of recyclable material, over 200 shopping trolleys and 300 car tyres. In doing …

Denmark has broken its own wind power record, again

May 3, 2016 – 8:21 am |

Denmark is leading the world with wind technology and is a great country for New Zealand to look to for inspiration as we move towards a fossil fuel free world.
Denmark is working steadily towards becoming …