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15 April 2014
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Environmentalist pro surfer tackles Bali’s trash problem

November 28, 2013 – 2:08 pm |

Original source: http://www.gaiauniversity.org/gu_blog/post/bsc-graduate-kyle-thierman-interviewed-grindtv
Since surf travelers started visiting its beautiful and untouched beaches in the early ’70s, Bali has been one world’s most foremost surf travel destinations. Waves like Uluwatu, Padang Padang, and Canggu are synonymous with …

Plastic blocks solution to pollution of Bodh Gaya – the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment

November 28, 2013 – 2:03 pm |

The treasured UNESCO world heritage site of Bodh Gaya – the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment - is plagued by enormous amounts of plastic pollution, among other challenges that threaten the local ecology, economy, & community.
Visited by …

New Qualification Supports Sustainable Systems of Food Production

October 31, 2013 – 5:10 pm |

Many more Food Forests are likely to spring up around New Zealand as a new tertiary qualification shows how to produce food in ways which mimic forest eco-systems. Food Forests are a time honoured method …

Kahikatea forest restoration to start in Abel Tasman National Park

October 31, 2013 – 5:06 pm |

Media release – 24 October 2013
Project Janszoon
Kahikatea forest restoration to start
One of the Nelson/Tasman district’s last remnants of lowland kahikatea forest is to be enhanced as part of Project Janszoon’s work in the Abel Tasman …

Mohua crowned Bird of the Year

October 29, 2013 – 7:22 pm |

Tuesday 29 2013 – Wellington
Forest & Bird media release for immediate use

Mohua crowned Bird of the Year
The mohua (yellowhead) has been crowned Bird of the Year Forest & Bird’s ninth annual poll.
This year over 12,925 votes …

Kiwi encounter staff nurture Pita Pocket the Kiwi back to life

October 14, 2013 – 8:20 pm |

Thursday 10 October 2013
Press release
Pita Pocket to be reunited with her rescuer at her homecoming
Paul and Lee Sayers didn’t expect to change the outcome for New Zealand’s national icon when they awoke on Sunday 24 …

Transform A Samoan Village With Biogas!

October 2, 2013 – 9:48 am |

Pledging to make a positive impact on the lives of the people of Piu Village in Samoa, Murray Ward, Bill Rucks and Sean Weaver are planning on transforming the village with Biogas!  They are planning …

Kiwi bird of the year poll opens today!

October 1, 2013 – 9:24 am |

Radio broadcaster Hayley Holt, singer Barnaby Weir, United Future leader Peter Dunne, and TV personality Wallace Chapman will be just a few of the New Zealanders going into battle for their favourite native bird in …

Sydney using recycled stormwater to flush loos and wash clothes

September 27, 2013 – 9:11 am |

Press release: City of Sydney
Thousands of Sydney residents will reduce their use of drinking-quality water by using recycled storm water for their toilets and laundries plus enjoy cheaper bills following a major new agreement between …

Three inspirational Kiwi schools win funds to further their green projects

September 25, 2013 – 8:56 am |

Three inspiring schools and kindergartens were today announced winners of the 2013 Mother Earth Reward competition.
Naenae Primary School (Lower Hutt), Nelson South Kindergarten (Nelson) and Westport North School (Westport) each took away $2,500 cash to …

Waikato wetland research to help manage water quality in Fiji

September 22, 2013 – 4:16 pm |

PRESS RELEASE – the  kudos Hamilton Science Excellence Awards
Waikato scientist Chris Tanner has taken his wetland research to the world to improve water management and sanitation.
Chris is a finalist for the Waikato Regional Council Environmental …

Native Bush – a gift to all

September 13, 2013 – 7:40 am |

It is uplifting to hear about this Māori Trust gifting a last remnant of native bush in the Wairarapa to the public of New Zealand. The Makirikiri Aggregated Trust will partner with the Crown as …

Beau – a Kiwi chick with a big heart

September 13, 2013 – 7:34 am |

Great news that little Kiwi chick Beau has beaten the odds and is a healthy, smallish normal Kiwi chick. Beau was found in Taranaki as an egg by the East Taranaki Environment Trust (ETET) and …

Iwi, local council, DoC, business and groups join forces to protect native whitebait species

September 11, 2013 – 5:21 pm |

Press Release: Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Joint effort to protect native whitebait species
Promising progress has been made in protecting koaro, a native freshwater whitebait species, in Hamurana Springs.
Koaro (scientific name Galaxias brevipinnis), were once abundant …

New songbird family for Aotearoa

September 6, 2013 – 4:30 pm |

Good news that a research team has discovered that three endangered New Zealand birds are part of a new songbird family – the mohouidae. These birds include the brown creeper, the whitehead and the yellowhead …

Still producing fruit after 383 years!

September 4, 2013 – 11:28 am |

One of America’s oldest fruit trees is still bearing fruit after 383 years. This pear tree was planted in 1630 – that’s 146 years before the United States became a nation. It has survived hurricanes …

India formally recognizes unique intelligence and self-awareness of dolphins

August 27, 2013 – 6:24 pm |

Dolphins are people too!
© Kristina Jensen
India has become the first nation in the world to grant dolphins “nonhuman personhood” status. According to the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans drafted in Helsinki three years ago, “all …

Permaculture designers converge at the NZ Food Forest Hui

August 26, 2013 – 4:02 pm |

Ten of the best permaculture designers from around the country, are converging on Auckland from September 26th-28th to offer New Zealand’s first three day Food Forest Hui and Training.
If you hold a permaculture design certificate …

Do it yourself theme a hit at Nelson Ecofest

August 21, 2013 – 8:31 am |

This weekend’s Ecofest Expo in Nelson, top of the South Island, New Zealand, was another hit with locals keen on soaking up knowledge and ideas on better living.
Approximately 4000 people hit the Trafalgar Centre over …

The art of Chicken Tractors unveiled in Nelson workshop

August 20, 2013 – 2:24 pm |

Nelson Environment Centre
Chicken Tractors Explained
In Permaculture we use the patterns of nature to create sustainable systems. One example of this is in using the natural behavior of animals to ‘work’ for us on the land.
A …

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