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November 26, 2015 – 5:30 pm |

Sharemart, Hartham Place, Porirua, runs until 29 November and is open 10am to 4pm.
Porirua is experiencing a clothing store with a difference. Situated opposite the back entrance to the North City Mall, between three ‘two …

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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 …

Lumsden Primary School creates NZ’s first food forest

August 26, 2013 – 4:00 pm |

From Robert Guyton’s blog

Lumsden Primary School lost a sizable chunk of its playground this week, but in its place gained the country’s first-ever school food-forest.

Where for years and years only grass grew, there now grows …

The Scrooser combines human power and an electric motor

August 26, 2013 – 3:57 pm |

Mother Nature Network has a great article on a new type of transportation – The Scrooser. I can’t wait until we see these on our roads here – an innovative way to get around and …

Maori student wins fellowship for research into indigenous people’s use of social media

August 24, 2013 – 6:01 pm |

Massey University PhD candidate in Arts, Acushla Dee O’Carroll has been awarded a prestigious 2013 Fulbright-Harkness New Zealand Fellowship for her outstanding record of achievement and leadership.
As Massey University News outlines, Dee, who grew up …

Recipe for leaping with faith into the great unknown

August 24, 2013 – 5:35 pm | One Comment
Recipe for leaping with faith into the great unknown

By Charlotte Squire
An irresistibly strong, joyful sense of buzz, excitement, and wonder about a possible future scenario.  When you imagine yourself in that possible scenario you experience sheer happiness, the kind that seems to burst …

Giraffe looks to future with determination in Christchurch

August 22, 2013 – 5:06 pm |

‘Giraffing Around’ by Tess Sheerin
– City Garage, 10 Liverpool Street, Christchurch (beside Les Mills Gym).
This mural is called ‘Giraffing Around’, she basically represents protection and is looking forwards to the future with determination. The …

How I ‘found my solo’ on Outward Bound

August 22, 2013 – 12:35 pm |

Outward Bound is an outdoor adventure course that challenges people to discover their full potential. Operating from Anakiwa in the Malborough Sounds (established in 1962) with a vision to create ‘better people, better communities, better world’, Outward …

Tara-Lee Soysa – Winner of CALI Award

August 22, 2013 – 10:31 am |

The original article “Tara-Lee Soysa – Winner of the CALI Award” appeared on Five Point Five website
CALI Award is awarded to inspiring, awesome people who are creating positive change. We bring you every day heroes, who …

Maori artist inspires with abstract paintings

August 21, 2013 – 8:38 am |

Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Māori studies lecturer and contemporary Māori artist Israel Tangaroa Birch (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tawake, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) was one of 180 artists featured in the 5th Auckland Art Fair.
His abstract paintings were one …

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 …

111 trees planted for each girl born

August 20, 2013 – 2:15 pm | 2 Comments

Kristina Jensen
In a small village in India, residents have turned the cultural tide of rejecting girl babies in favour of boys. For each girl born, 111 trees are planted and villagers also contribute to a …

When knowing your truth pays off

August 16, 2013 – 8:22 pm |
When knowing your truth pays off

Have you ever taken a stand on something?  Have you ever really put yourself ‘out there’ because you feel absolutely certain about something, despite others around you expressing doubt?  These times in our lives, this …

Club Happyzine Lifestream V-Omega 3 giveaway!

August 16, 2013 – 8:00 pm |

Did you know that fish don’t naturally produce omega 3 EPA & DHA? The reason fish contain essential fatty acids is because they consume algae. It is the algae that naturally produce EPA & DHA …

Farmers! Enter the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards!

August 16, 2013 – 5:37 pm |

Entries for the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards have just opened. The New Zealand Farm Environment Trust runs the awards which promote environmentally, economically and socially sustainable land management by farmers and growers, including including …

Dorren’s garden love spills into a nearby public walkway

August 16, 2013 – 5:33 pm |

Doreen Miller from New Plymouth is a gardener who has used her gardening skills to not only transform her own backyard but to also beautify the nearby public walkway for the general public to enjoy.
Pleasantly …

Atamira: Largest Kiwi celebration of Maori culture in Auckland

August 16, 2013 – 5:00 pm |

The country’s largest three day celebration of Maori culture, held every second year in Auckland, will take place at the Cloud and Shed 10 on the Auckland waterfront September 6 to 8th 2013 and will …

‘Back to Basics’ in Nelson for Ecofest Expo 2013

August 16, 2013 – 8:55 am |

Media Release: 14 August, 2013
The region’s hottest annual showcase for practical tips on living well, the Ecofest Expo, returns this weekend to Nelson.
Sponsored by Nelson City and Tasman District Councils, this year’s two-day Ecofest …

New green corridoor planned for Hawkes Bay

August 16, 2013 – 8:46 am |
New green corridoor planned for Hawkes Bay

A new green corridor in Hawkes Bay is planned from Cape Sanctuary to the Ruahine Range.  To kick the project off the first plantings will involve the local community via clubs, schools and people who …