Stoat Trap Training and Oil Spill Update

Posted 12 years, 6 months ago    3 comments

Stoat Trap Training - Thursday Oct 13th (tomorrow)

might seem simple but could save fingers...?

Kia ora stoat trap volunteers -

Were putting on a few informal meetings to help you get acquainted with the new stoat traps on Karioi Maunga as well as learn a little about stoats in general ...
And meet some other wonderful volunteers!

First meet is next week -

8 PM
240 Maungatawhiri Rd

If your hoping to get on the mountain, LOVE stoats / TRAPS or just KARIOI - then please come along - approx 30-60min - PLEASE RSVP.

Drinks and cake provided :)

027 4276242

Oil Spill Update from Tauranga Environment Centre

Hi everyone,

Many of you have no doubt received information from elsewhere about the spill. We've received a number of inquiries about it, so here are the latest updates:

* Please call (0800) OIL SPILL = (0800)645-774 if you wish to help with the cleanup. Alternatively, email They will take details and contact you to let you know about helping.

* Officials are talking about the cleanup taking months, so it'll be a big effort.

* Please report any oil-covered birds or other wildlife by calling (0800) 333-771. If you have time after calling, try to stay with the animals until they get collected.

* Do not try to clean up oil or animals yourself unless you have received relevant training, as the combination of oil and the dispersant makes for a very toxic sludge.

* Frustration and quetions about the cleanup have been expressed, in the media and privately, by many people. Action by concerned locals has led officials to set up a briefing tomorrow night at 7pm. In attendance will be Maritime NZ, local MP Simon Bridges, local mayors, and the chairman of BOP Regional Council. We encourage you to attend this official briefing if you'd like more information.

Date: Tuesday 11th October 

Time: 7pm

Venue: Graham Young Youth Centre, Tauranga Boys' College, Cameron Road




Tauranga Environment Centre

Tel 578-6664


Reminder... Magpie workshop this Saturday

Posted 12 years, 6 months ago    3 comments

Magpie Trapping Workshop

Basic Trapping and bird handling skills

Xtreme Waste, 186 Te Hutewai Road, Raglan

10:00 - 11:30am

Please let us know if you are intending to attend this workshop!





Posted 12 years, 6 months ago    4 comments

We have some rocket and eggplant seedlings available for koha. Stop in on Friday by 4pm, Saturday 11 - 3pm, or Monday 9:30am-3:30pm

NZ Coast oil spill: URGENT request for volunteers

Posted 12 years, 6 months ago    5 comments

On 15 October 2011 container vessel Rena struck Astrolabe reef 12 nautical miles off Tauranga and is leaking large amounts of oil.

New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre is calling for volunteers to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation of oiled wildlife.  Significant numbers of volunteers are required immediately and over a prolonged period of time.  You work will be paid, and as such will be subject to the Centre’s health and safety plan.

New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre is looking for a wide range of skills including field biologists, helping with the recovery and rehabilitation of birds, driving a vehicle to transport oiled wildlife, administrative tasks.  These are just examples of how you can help.  There will be something you can do!  Please call Jim Lilley  0275 387 566 for further information on how you can help.

A number of oiled birds (dead and alive) that have already been recovered, as well as an oiled seal on Papamoa beach.  New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre  is gearing up to respond to a significant number of animals affected by the oil spill, so please do respond if you are able.

This one is for mum's

Posted 12 years, 6 months ago    5 comments

We love our mamas! Here are some October events through WEC for new mums and mums-to-be!


Nappy Lady Workshop Friday October 28th, 7pm

The Nappy Lady is coming to Raglan! This workshop will show you how to save lots of money! And... you get to take home a $80 trial pack of cloth nappies, for FREE!

The workshop will: Show you the modern nappy options, explain how different styles of nappies work, and help you choose the best nappy for your baby and your budget.

@ Town Hall, Bow street, Raglan

$15 per Couple or Parent

BOOKING ESSENTIAL through WEC 825-0480


Mama's Mondays

Mums-to-be and new mamas share stories and learn with local midwives Penny, Mela and Karin. 1st and 3rd Mondays, 11am @ WEC

October 17th Mama's Monday will include a baby massage demo with Penny.


Support Sustainable September!

Posted 12 years, 7 months ago    9 comments

Thanks to all who have attended Sustainable September events. We have one more week to go!

On Monday evening there is a discussion being held at WEC on Genuine Wealth System, community currency and timebanking. It's from 7 - 9pm, and it's free!

Tuesday is your last chance to support the Reel Earth Environmental Film Fest. A cheap and easy way to show your support for all the events brought to you by Whaingaroa Environment Centre. Films are at 7pm (doors at 6:30) at Old School Arts Centre.

Two films for $5! Read below for film details.

On Wednesday  come to WEC for a workshop on Seed Saving, 6:30pm koha, with Jon from the seed bank.

And on Thursday Solscape will host a community tour, please call for times.


Reel Earth films:

Sola: Louisiana Water Stories

Water is everywhere. Everyone has a water story. Water permeates every aspect of life, yet the quality of water and the lives that depend on it have been severely compromised --- sometimes it seems irretrievably. SoLa listens to the stories of the people who live here, who work here, who fight to look after it, who dance and sing and take pride in what they do. But they have their work cut out. With an oil and gas industry worth USD 63 million annually, Louisiana should be one of the richest US states; instead its one of the poorest.

Beautifully filmed, SoLa offers a warmly human and honest account of the impacts of big industry on a region remarkable for the character of its natural environment and its inhabitants. Likely to leave you outraged – but delighted too.


River Dog (New Zealand)

In a remote part of New Zealand, farmers have a law unto their own. They pollute and destroy the rivers and streams unchecked.Only one man is brave enough to stand up for the river he lives by. Together with his team of working dogs Grant Muir risks his livelihood to stop the pollution and make a change for good in this isolated rural land.


Posted 12 years, 7 months ago    2 comments

We have some buttercup and rocket seedlings at WEC. Come pick them up Tuesday 9:30 - 3:30pm. Obviously, supply is limited... Leave a koha id you'd like. Thanks Michelle for the seedlings!



Want to be world famous in Raglan?

Posted 12 years, 7 months ago    4 comments

Whaingaroa Environment Centre wants to help you to save water and money. We are looking for volunteer households from Raglan West to have their water use monitored for a month. After a month we will come in and show residents the smart things they can do to reduce water use, in and around their home. And show how much money you could save in the process! We will showcase your successes right here in the Chronicle and you get free gizmos to help save water and money in your home.


Why Raglan West? Waikato District Council’s water meter roll-out has started with Raglan West, and those properties have already had manifolds installed – which means they are basically “meter ready”. The rest of Raglan will have manifolds installed over the next year.


Why do we all live here? Because of the fabulous harbour and beaches. Some of us make our living from it, some of us get out in it to surf, kite, swim or fish and some of us just like to sit back and enjoy the view. But we all want it to be clean and safe. Every home and business in Raglan has water leaving their property, and most of it ends up in the harbour. Less water leaving your house means less going in to the harbour. Less water used on your property means less going into the stormwater system – and that’s right, less going in to the harbour. If we all smarten up our act with water use, we will have plenty over the dry summer months.

If you want to be a smart water use guinea pig contact Kimberley at Whaingaroa Environment Centre. Phone 825 0480 or email