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Christchurch: Garden City 2.0 – taking ownership from the flaxroots up

July 20, 2012 – 10:02 am | 2 Comments

by Steve Carter
Local Good News/Christchurch
How about we do the Garden City differently this time around?
Alongside many of the changes wrought by the Christchurch earthquakes, there has been a seizing of opportunities to rethink the ways …

Keeping old places alive in Christchurch

July 13, 2012 – 2:00 pm | One Comment

Local Good News/Christchurch
by Steve Carter
How do we move confidently around our towns and cities? We orient ourselves, mostly without even realising it, by visual cues, by snapshots of recognition in the known environment.
I have heard …

Raw dreaming – the story of Sarah Lea’s migration of faith to Golden Bay

July 6, 2012 – 11:39 pm |

Local Good News/Golden Bay
By Charlotte Squire

Meet Sarah Lea – mother of three, she also happens to be the Happyzine raw food writer. Sarah recently underwent a significant lifestyle change. She moved to Golden Bay with …

Recapturing Our Sense Of Neat

July 6, 2012 – 11:38 am |

Local Good News/Christchurch
by Steve Carter
All the neat places in the CBD are gone, right?
That’s what people seem to think about Christchurch. The earthquakes have wreaked so much devastation in the Central City that there is …

Golden Bay – Rich in social capital – thanks to HANDS

June 29, 2012 – 2:15 pm | 2 Comments

Local Good News/Golden Bay
Charlotte Squire
Charlotte Squire talks to Jill Hayhurst – PhD candidate at the University of Otago – about Golden Bay’s complementary currency HANDS (How About a Non-Dollar System) and the social capital benefits …

Brighton Up!

June 29, 2012 – 10:50 am |

Local Good News/Christchurch
By Steve Carter
There is a quiet revolution happening in New Brighton.
For years, the beachside suburb has been regarded as a town in decline, a once-thriving shopping destination that lost out to suburban malls …

Hurrah! The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand officially endorses the Happyzine Local Good News project!

June 26, 2012 – 10:10 am |

Kia Ora,
I’m Charlotte Squire, Editor of the Kiwi positive news website ‘Happyzine’ and I’m pleased to announce that the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation officially endorses our awesome Local Good News initiative.
The Happyzine Local Good …

Eco-friendly event lighting artists shift home-base to Golden Bay

June 22, 2012 – 3:41 pm |

Local Good News/Golden Bay
By Charlotte Squire
Have you ever been mesmerised by the high powered lighting displays at dance-parties and events, and wondered about the people who bought it to you and the thought processes behind …

Anonymous love letters to Christchurch discovered – by Steve Carter

June 22, 2012 – 8:29 am |

Local Good News/Christchurch
‘Dear Christchurch, you are incredible’ – by Steve Carter
The American writer Anatole Broyard said, “In an age like ours, which is not given to letter-writing, we forget what an important part it used …

Golden Bay’s plastic bag culture shift – small community, global impact

June 15, 2012 – 9:04 pm | 2 Comments

Lcoal Good News/Golden Bay
Charlotte Squire
Collingwood, Golden Bay was the first New Zealand town to go plastic shopping bag free in 2005. Seven years on from that small, but significant move, Charlotte Squire takes a look …

Christchurch youth time-banking to create 10,000 strong rock-concert

June 15, 2012 – 7:00 am |

Local Good News/Christchurch
By Steve Carter
In November, there’s going to be a concert in Christchurch, one that people are talking up as “the biggest music event Christchurch has seen.”
We are talking an impressive musical line-up (to …

Slow fashion thriving in Golden Bay – by Charlotte Squire

June 8, 2012 – 11:47 am | One Comment

Local Good News/Golden Bay
Up-cycling – taking old clothing from its forgotten place in history into fresh 2012 fashion – is not only thriving world-wide but also serving to reduce waste, and utilise the top quality, …

Gap Filler: painting Christchurch like a canvas

June 8, 2012 – 6:45 am | 3 Comments

Local Good News/Christchurch
by Steve Carter
It’s about vacant spaces. We certainly have a lot of them in Christchurch right now.
More importantly, it is about how we choose to engage with those spaces and how those choices …

Christchurch: From rags to rethreads

June 1, 2012 – 2:06 pm |

Local Good News/Christchurch
By Steve Carter
Briar Cook is making me a skirt.
Leaving aside for now the reasons why that might be, I’m assured that it will be “kiltish and kick-ass.” That suits me just fine. Besides, …

Where science meets astrology – Transit of Venus celebrated in Golden Bay

June 1, 2012 – 11:18 am |

By Charlotte Squire
I’m sitting in a sun-lit room with Marsha Jones the astrologer/astronomer and Kevin Durkan the High School Science Teacher. They come from vastly different backgrounds and belief systems, yet each of them have …

Golden Bay’s Ceiros Begg hits the road with sustainable fashion

May 25, 2012 – 8:36 pm |

Local Good News/Golden Bay
By Charlotte Squire
When Ceiros Begg was a little girl, she and her mother spent hours walking the streets of Christchurch to visit thrift shops. No shop was too far away and mother …

Christchurch: Another Galloping Gourmet by Steve Carter

May 25, 2012 – 10:32 am |

Local Good News/ Christchurch
by Steve Carter
Picture the scene.
It’s been a busy day, you’re tired and you really don’t feel like cooking dinner. A takeaway beckons: cheekily, annoyingly.
You know that it’s not really the best food. …

‘Gift Economy’ cafe operating successfully in Golden Bay by Charlotte Squire

May 18, 2012 – 7:20 am |

Local Good News/Golden Bay
Sruti Stojchevski is conducting a social experiment from the Golden Bay Community Organic Gardens. He’s serving up fresh food, lovingly prepared daily according to Ayurvedic principles from mostly local organic produce, at …

Christchurch: Places of Tranquillity by Steve Carter

May 18, 2012 – 7:02 am |

Local Good News Report/Christchurch
Places of Tranquillity
“We’ve lost our places of tranquillity.”
This was a feeling expressed to Michelle Whitaker, Coordinator of Healthy Christchurch, at a public forum following September 2010. The beaches were largely inaccessible for …

Village people set up twenty four hour, road-side raw milk vending machine in Golden Bay

May 11, 2012 – 4:46 pm | 8 Comments

By Charlotte Squire
Local Good News Report/Golden Bay
Read the inspiring stories of our sponsors below.
Do you buy cow’s milk? Chances are you’re one of millions in New Zealand who do. Maybe you get yours from the …