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It’s business time for Bret McKenzie with Fair Trade and Oxfam

May 7, 2012 – 1:47 pm |

IT’S BUSINESS TIME FOR BRET MCKENZIE WITH FAIR TRADE AND OXFAM
Oxfam has extended this year’s Fair Trade Me celebrity auctions for a very special one-off auction with one half of New Zealand’s fourth most popular …

Mental Health Foundation Announces Campaign and Video to Raise Awareness Around Bullying Prevention

May 6, 2012 – 10:07 pm |

New Video and Pink Shirt Day campaign highlight organisation’s commitment to promoting positive relationships
The Mental Health Foundation is proud to lead the efforts on Pink Shirt Day, a national campaign aimed to raise awareness around …

Warming up with raw food: Creamy Orange and Cardamon Soup by Sarah Lea

May 6, 2012 – 12:21 pm | 5 Comments

I‘m heating my food! The decidious trees are hitting the limelight with technicolour dream coats, snow has touched the mountain tops and although enjoying an indian summer, the hours that snuggle close to the darkness …

Golden Bay’s Jo Campbell practices 2000 year old encaustic art

May 4, 2012 – 7:34 am |

Golden Bay’s Local Good News Reporter Charlotte Squire introduces painter and sculptor Jo Campbell who is practicing one of the oldest known forms of art – encaustic painting. Jo brings in influences from her zen …

21st century organising in a shaky city

May 4, 2012 – 7:31 am | One Comment

Steve Carter profiles young Christchurch ‘changemaker’ Louis Brown, who was part of the team behind the unforgetable and now multiple award winning Student Volunteer Army.
By now, just about everyone in New Zealand, and many beyond …

Life-changing trip to Nepal – by Tracey Adamson

May 2, 2012 – 3:29 pm |

“I have been interested in developing countries since I started my physiotherapy degree. I don’t want to wait until I have graduated and worked for a few years before I can start making a difference. …

Inspiring sustainability through positive human psychology

May 2, 2012 – 2:27 pm |
Inspiring sustainability through positive human psychology

‘Important issue? Yes. Positive approach? Yes. Free? Yes. If you are in Wellington and crave some inspiration and positivity to encourage you, your friends, family or environmental group to live more sustainably then this is not to be …

Phenomenal support for Unpackit Awards fundraising opportunity

May 2, 2012 – 9:21 am | One Comment

Schools and not-for-profit community groups and sporting organisations are leaping on an opportunity to raise money while helping to raise awareness of packaging waste.
Unpackit Awards spokesperson Gina Dempster said the response so far had been …

Carrotmobbing cafes during Fairtrade Fortnight

May 1, 2012 – 1:52 pm |

Media Release
Tuesday 1 May 2012
For immediate release
 
CARROTMOBBING CAFES DURING FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
 
Last week, cafes selling Fairtrade certified coffee in Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton participated in a bidding war to win the right to be mobbed …

Positive news initiative launches from Christchurch this Friday

April 30, 2012 – 8:40 am |

A positive news initiative covering the exciting, innovative and community-led responses to the Christchurch earthquakes is set to launch this Friday 4 May.
“The Student Volunteer Army has captured the world’s hearts and was last week …

Raw Food: Spiced Pear and Fejoa Crumble by Sarah Lea

April 30, 2012 – 8:33 am | 4 Comments

Nature has stopped me in my tracks, smacked me around and woken me up to her monthly offerings of needed nutrients with a skillfully wrapped, lime green, egg shaped, seductively aromatic fejoa.
Watching seasonal delicacies drifting …

Golden Bay Democratic School under consideration for funding by Ministry of Education

April 27, 2012 – 9:33 pm | 4 Comments

Weekly Local Good News Report by Charlotte Squire.
Stay tuned for the launch of weekly Local Good News Report/Christchurch May 4th!
Scroll down to meet our awesome Golden Bay sponsors.
Golden Bay’s Local Good News Reporter Charlotte Squire …

Youth Advocate Scholarship to Nepal

April 27, 2012 – 10:59 am |

By Tracey Adamson (Leprosy Mission NZ)
Are you passionate about mission and social justice?
Would you like to fight for the rights of families affected by leprosy, stigma and poverty?
You may be thinking leprosy, isn’t that an …

NZ Cafes in bidding war to host world-record ‘Carrotmob’

April 26, 2012 – 2:49 pm |

Media Release
Thursday 26 April 2012
For immediate release
Conscious Consumers
NZ CAFES IN BIDDING WAR TO HOST WORLD-RECORD ‘CARROTMOB’
 
Cafes in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington have started bidding for the right to be mobbed by hundreds of …

SHAC turns spotlight on micro-architecture solutions

April 24, 2012 – 8:12 am | One Comment

Press Release: SHAC
Temporary architecture, reuse of materials, community building and simple buildings are the themes of the 2nd annual Sustainable Habitat Challenge micro-architecture workshop, to be held at the CPSA building at CPIT on 2 …

Cantabrian extraordinaire: Cathy Harrison

April 23, 2012 – 2:44 pm |

In the lead up to the Christchurch Changemakers Convention, we’re spot-lighting some of the stars of Christchurch.  We’re inviting you to write us blogs about someone in Christchurch who you really appreciate and admire.  Helen …

Celebrating and Contemplating Birthday Milestones – by Grace Deathridge

April 23, 2012 – 2:30 pm | 2 Comments

Grace Deathridge writes for Happyzine (having discovered it when she lived and worked in New Zealand) as an Intern.  Grace now lives in the UK.
I recently had what has been termed a ‘milestone’ or a …

Meet Steve Carter – ChCh’s brand new Good News Reporter

April 22, 2012 – 8:23 pm | One Comment

Q & A with Steve Carter, by Charlotte Squire

1.  Can you tell us some really important stuff about yourself?
Hmmm, “important” is such a loaded word.  I am an ex-pat Brit, born in Merseyside and raised …

Golden Bay lives up to its green rep with the Eco-Fest Eco-home Tour

April 20, 2012 – 7:19 pm |

Weekly Local Good News Report by Charlotte Squire.
Stay tuned for the launch of Local Good News Report/Christchurch May 4th!
Scroll down to meet our awesome Golden Bay sponsors.
Golden Bay has a great reputation for the highest …

Cutting edge comedy, laughter and kiwi comedians combine for Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball NZ

April 20, 2012 – 10:01 am |

Amnesty International Media Release
For immediate release
20 April 2012

Cutting edge comedy, laughter and kiwi comedians combine for Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball NZ

THE FREEDOM TO LAUGH

“The freedom to laugh to me means that you are allowed …