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Outlook for Someday film comp helps Kiwi youth focus on sustainability

August 2, 2016 – 4:00 am |

What does sustainability mean to you?
Since 2007 The Outlook for Someday has received over a thousand answers to that question by young New Zealanders entering its annual film challenge.
Now in its 10th year The Outlook for …

Back country Kiwi farmer encourages his peers to wisen up about biodiversity

February 27, 2016 – 9:57 am |

I like this piece from a Kiwi farmer sharing his wisdom about land management.  I know many passionate, eco-conscious farmers who are caring with great respect for their land, but still many aren’t.  This kind …

Former quarry site now green community

May 30, 2014 – 10:01 am |

A former quarry pit in Brisbane, Queensland has been transformed into a residential development that has achieved the highest level of green certification through the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) EnviroDevelopment program.
Warner Lakes The …

Te Puke High School students discover marine study paths in the Bay

March 8, 2013 – 12:09 pm |

As part of Sustainable Backyards month and Sea Week an enthusiastic group of Te Puke High School students were treated to a day out on Butler’s Swim with Dolphin’s boat to experience the local marine …

120 businesses and innovators come together for Auckland’s ‘Sustainable City’

September 18, 2012 – 11:27 am |
120 businesses and innovators come together for Auckland’s ‘Sustainable City’

Media Release 17 September
Suzanne McNamara
Visitors can take a tour through a sustainable pop-up city to view and interact with the latest designs, products and technology at the Sustainable City Showcase on 22-24 November at The …

DoC Consulting on Conservation Management Strategies

November 3, 2011 – 5:12 pm |

Every 10 years DOC turns to the public to find out what communities believe should be the priorities for conservation over the next decade.  This leads to the development of conservation management strategies (CMS) which …

Wanaka Wastebusters Receive Funding to Keep Inspiring People to Make Smart Packaging Choices

October 7, 2011 – 1:51 pm |
Wanaka Wastebusters Receive Funding to Keep Inspiring People to Make Smart Packaging Choices

Wanaka Wastebusters today welcomed $118,750 of new funding from the Waste Minimisation Fund to help consumers and businesses make smart packaging choices.
“We’re delighted to receive this funding, because it means we can run the 2012 …

Otago Polytechnic Sustainable Practice Courses Move North

September 13, 2011 – 8:28 am |

New education in the emerging area of Sustainable Practice is to be offered to people living in the Waikato and Auckland regions as a result of a partnership between the education focused …

Karamea: Working Towards Sustainability

August 15, 2011 – 4:17 pm |


Working Towards Sustainability

Karamea Farm Baches and Rongo Backpackers & Gallery enjoy what is probably one of the   most isolated and peaceful settings of any accommodation facilities in New Zealand, with the location …

Wanaka Waste Busters ‘Unpacket People’s Choice Awards’ – Enter Now!

March 2, 2011 – 1:23 pm |

Wanaka Wastebusters has set up the Unpackit People’s Choice awards for NZ packaging – best and worst. Nominations are now open for both categories, and are flooding in. Check out to see …

Kāpiti Coast’s Greenest Street: A crushing morning

February 7, 2011 – 2:53 pm |

Blog 3: by Stacey Gasson
Going into their fourth month of Kāpiti Coast’s Greenest Street competition, participants are really hitting their stride. On Saturday I went to see one of Andy Fraser’s pet projects come to …

Energy Efficiency at Work

November 6, 2010 – 4:47 pm | One Comment

It should be a “no brainer”…. shouldn’t it?  If you save energy at work, your operating costs reduce.  When your costs reduce, you either make bigger profits, or you can be more cost competitive in …

Energy Risks for Business

October 16, 2010 – 11:25 pm | One Comment

“… we have entered a period of deep uncertainty in how we will source energy for power, heat and mobility, and how much we will have to pay for it.”
These words are quoted directly from …

Knitting our way out of Peak Oil

October 1, 2010 – 3:21 pm | 3 Comments

When we talk about Peak Oil and its impact on our lives we’re really talking about the economic impact- because, from the environmental perspective, the sooner it’s all gone the better!  From the economic point …

From Water Capture to Birthing into Water

August 27, 2010 – 3:59 pm |

Last week I chatted merrily about water conservation, about my dreams to capture more and how to put it to use. A very keen part of the permaculture process. Another principle of permaculture …

Solar panels for beginners

August 21, 2010 – 8:00 am | One Comment

It all started in early autumn.  I cycled past a garage sale, and spotted what looked like a solar panel on the lawn.  It couldn’t be – could it?
I’d always harboured a secret desire to …

Introducing Urban Pantry

August 12, 2010 – 5:00 pm |

As I’ve mentioned many times since winning Happyzine’s Dream to Reality competition, my dream of creating a network of gardens on Auckland’s rooftops is not something I expect to achieve on my own. In fact, …

Talking Rubbish – and Waste Audits

August 4, 2010 – 8:53 pm |

A good thing for any organisation to do from time to time is review the management of any waste that is produced in the course of the day to day operation.  In this …

Measuring your progress

July 30, 2010 – 9:55 pm |

A challenge that all organisations face is reporting results to their stakeholders.  Embarking on the sustainability journey presents new facets to that challenge.
The old adage that you “cannot manage what you cannot measure” is a good …

What is sustainability?

July 21, 2010 – 3:24 pm |

Although I’ve already written a few blogs, I suddenly realised that I hadn’t actually taken the time to provide a definition of sustainability. So, before we go any further, let’s define the term. …