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Sustainable September Events @ Your local environment centre

Seed Saving Workshop - 10.30am Sat 20th

John will show us how to save our seeds for next planting!

Bird Walk- 12.00pm Sat 20th

Go for a walk to find our local birds - bring binoculars if you have them!

Bike Maintenance - 2.30pm Sat 20th

Check out tips and tricks to keep your bike humming along ...

Food Sovereignty in Whaingaroa

Food sovereignty is the right of people to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sustainable methods.

Come along to this special presentation on the Global Food Sovereignty movement - and discuss ideas on how this could be applied in Raglan!

This is an opportunity not to be missed.



Talking Crap - Compost Toilets!

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Talking Crap - Presentation

Wed 17th @ Town Hall Supper Room 7.30pm

This is real self sufficiency!  Come along to learn all about composting toilets - never know when you might need this knowledge!



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Check out some of the events on this weekend ...

1. Pallet Workshop - Sat 10am

Learn how to make raised and vertical gardens from recycled pallets. You will get ideas for your own backyard - and have a tour of the Food Forest - interesting! Free! Meet at Raglan West Forest, Taipari Ave 


Join the group looking for shore birds in and around Raglan - bring your binoculars & find Oyster catchers, Stilts, Caspian terns and more .... Meet at WEC and wander with Mark. Free!

3. WILD FOOD WALK - Sun 10.00am
This is a fascinating journey into nature foraging for wild food. Make teas, salads, discover the unique uses and nutrition in the plants nature provides for us to harvest. Meet at 4095 Main Road, Raglan. Free!

4. Creative Market - Sun 10am to 2pm
Go on down to the Old School and support the locally grown produce and talent




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Come along to another great SUSTAINABLE SEPTEMBER event and find out about how to keep your own bee hives.
The Raglan Bee Keeping Club will have demo hives and honey tasting as well as lip balm making. Bring all your bee keeping questions and a $5 koha to the Old School Arts Centre tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm
Make honey AND save the planet:


Kids 'Upcycled' Workshop - This Weekend!

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Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend?   Check out this awesome workshop - especially designed for 8-12 year olds.  Give your children a treat - they will learn useful creative skills from local artists at Hello Studios.  

Fruit tree planting tomorrow and RSNZ Freshwater management discussion tonight

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Kia ora koutou!!

A bit of rain and now a splash of sun, Spring is almost here which means it must be Sustainable September!  Check out the calendar attached to the email!  Lots of great events and fun, easy ways to live a little more sustainably

Mondays fruit tree planting at Wainui Reserve was postponed due to rain.  Tomorrow at 3.30pm we'll be meeting in the carpark. All welcome!

Raglan Backpackers and Raglan Lions have kindly donated to our fruit trees for public places project.  We'll be planting them with the Friends of Wainui reserve and would love you to come for afternoon tea!


And tonight at 7.30pm a Royal Society of New Zealand panel discussion on:


Check this out:


What are the implications of the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management for our management and use of freshwater bodies (rivers, streams, lakes) of the Waikato Region?


A panel discussion considering this question will be hosted by the Waikato Branch RSNZ.


Room A.G.30

Waikato University

Tuesday September 2, 2014, at 7.30 pm.

All welcome — there is no charge for this event.


Room A.G.30 is in A Block. Entry is easiest through Gate 8 on Hillcrest Rd. A campus map is available at

Submissions Open Re Bee Protection

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Hi Everyone,

Please note submissions to the EPA close on the 2nd September re the following:

Application APP202142 initiated by Environmental Protection Authority to review and implement appropriate non-contact periods for certain organophosphate or carbamate plant protection substances, in order to protect bees, and other insect pollinators, against adverse effects arising from post-application exposure to the substances, which we believe you may have an interest in. 

Relevant application documents can be found on EPA website links: or ..

This application meets EPA criteria to be open for submission from members of the public and relevant agencies. The submission period opens on 22 July 2014 and closes on 2 September 2014 5pm, which is the last date we will accept submissions. Submissions may be forward by post or email:

 Applications and Assessment: Hazardous Substances 

Environmental Protection Authority

Welcome to June and Permaculture Hui Saturday

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Introducing our new WEC Coordinator

June Penn will be working with Danielle and the entire WEC team to achieve environmentally sustainable outcomes and coordination of WEC activities for Whaingaroa.

June comes to us with a strong background in Human Resources, organisational process and procedure, and is highly motivated to make a positive difference in her new community.

"Raglan is a wonderful community full of great people who truly support each other, and who show high awareness of the need to actively protect our beautiful environment. I have become increasingly concerned about the continual threats to our planet and the communities who rely on our natural resources.   I think Raglan has a unique opportunity to pull together to create a centre of excellence in environmental sustainability.  I am looking forward to working with you all" says June

We hope you join us in welcoming June to the team!

Permaculture Hui this Saturday

Permaculture Hui! - share knowledge, share skills, share kai!

at Nathan and Jess' on Saturday 9th August 2pm
Workshops, working bee, walk the land and potluck dinner.
Contact nathan 0221304775 for info

There will be a weed walk/survey of the property, local builder Sven will do a workshop on testing the earth for earth building, a talk from Bryce at Living Big in Tiny Houses plus potluck dinner!

Jess and Nathan live near Te Mata and if you would like to share a ride please meet at WEC (town hall) at 1.15pm.