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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 …

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 and full color prining orlando.
Lionel Taito-Matamua, who graduates this week with a …

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,” …

French man aims to become first to complete zero carbon flight across the Atlantic

March 26, 2016 – 4:00 am | report that French scientist, former yachtsman, pilot Raphael Dinelli is seeking to make history by completing the first zero-carbon trans-Atlantic flight this June.  He’s flying a hybrid plane powered by solar energy and biofuels.


Melbourne looking for big, bright, sustainable ideas for city design

March 21, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The City of Melbourne are leading by example in the green design department.  And the bright ideas are coming from community.  They’re currently asking: What should the City of Melbourne focus on in the next …

Weekend news hug: Meet George, he’s exploring some amazing spaces

August 15, 2015 – 7:02 pm |

By Charlotte Squire
Who said TV’s full of negative, mind numbing shite?  Well maybe I did once.  But here’s yet another series I’m in love with: British architect George Clark’s on a mission to discover and …

Pool-top meadow is an outstanding design

February 20, 2014 – 6:52 pm |

Media Release: City of Sydney
The rolling green roof of Surry Hills’ Prince Alfred Park Pool has been shortlisted for outstanding design in green infrastructure at this year’s national Nursery and Garden Infrastructure Awards.
The 2,000-square-metre roof …

Two gorgeous giveaways for Club Happyzine members from Design Tree!

January 28, 2014 – 9:19 pm |

Go in draws to win one of two giveaways from the Wellington company Design Tree!  All you need to do is a) be a member of Club Happyzine, or an intending member and b) sign …

Eco-Urban – Meet the Wellington couple behind Design Tree

January 27, 2014 – 2:32 pm |

Eco and socially responsible designers Rebecca Asquith and Tim Wigmore run Design Tree – developing furniture and lighting for homes and businesses, creating their own products and doing work on commission.  Happyzine caught up with the couple, asking …

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 …

Communities strengthen thanks to urban orchards and food farms

September 22, 2013 – 3:51 pm |

Sole Food Farms in Vancouver highlights the benefits of urban agriculture through their four farms including their latest project – the largest urban orchard in North America.
This urban orchard is situated on an old gas …

Auckland Museum is getting even greener

September 13, 2013 – 7:42 am |

Auckland Museum is fitting its roof with large solar panels and is well on the way to becoming the most sustainably run museum in New Zealand. Last year the museum earned an award for cutting …

Greener streets without the red tape in Sydney

September 12, 2013 – 8:35 am |

The City of Sydney has pruned red tape, paving the way for more inner-city gardeners to green their streets.
Under the City’s new Footpath Gardening Policy, residents can plant footpath gardens outside their homes as well …

Low impact living pods for artists in French forests

August 28, 2013 – 8:58 am |

Inhabitat have an awesome article on innovative living spaces for artists to use during summer residencies in France.

Parisian designer Matali Crasset has produced a series of low-impact living pods in which modern artists can spend …

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 …

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 …

Urban ecology in Sydney saves endangered frog

August 12, 2013 – 3:17 pm |

In Sydney, a Rosebery family’s backyard swimming pool, which helped save a colony of rare frogs, is one of many unusual habitats preserving rare plant and animal species in inner Sydney.
Weed-infested railway easements, footpaths and …

Unpackit Awards spur companies to behave

July 29, 2013 – 12:43 pm |

The finalists in the 2013 Unpackit Packaging Awards have been announced.
Unpackit spokesperson Sue Coutts said the shortlisting panel had a tough job choosing the 16 finalists from 424 nominations. Twice as many nominations were put …