Sustainable September is rolling on so keep coming!

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Numbers have been low, so please keep Sustainable September sustainable by booking and attending workshops and our fundraising film nights.

Sunday Sept 18

Fruit Tree Pruning and Care with Peter Cave @ Oram Park  $5


Tuesday Sept 20

Permaculture Farm Open Day with Rick and Liz @ 4095 Main H'way, free


Wednesday Sept 21 and Thursday Sept 22

Weaving - Rananga with Em @ Solscape, $5


Friday Sept 23

Solscape Green Drinks: Practical Sustainability & Education Launch @ Solscape, free



Sat Sept 24

High Productivity Gardening with Nelson Lebo @ Solscape  $60

"Get a huge return on your time, energy, and money."

Sunday Sept 25

Eco Thrifty Renovation with Nelson Lebo @ Solscape, $60

“We’ve recently accomplished incredible energy savings in an old villa with passive solar redesign. Our power bills are averaging about $20 a month. We have an energy efficient, warm and cozy house with land and an organic garden for less than $90,000.”

See Nelson's blog at


Monday Sept 26th

Genuine Wealth Systems, timebanking and community currency. Discussion held @ WEC, 7 - 9pm, free

Tuesday Sept 27th

Reel Earth Film Fest

SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories


River Dog (NZ)

7pm at Old School Arts Centre. Just $5!

Please support our environmental film festival so we can continue to bring you Sustainable September and other events and workshops throughout the year!


Also upcoming..

Saturday Oct 15

Magpie Trapping Workshop

Basic trapping and bird handling skills

Clear your skies for native birds.

Xtreme Waste, 186 Te Hutewai Rd, Raglan

10 - 11:30am,    $5

Book at WEC


Sustainable September Week 2!

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Last week we learned about renewable energy by watching the film fest's Deep Green and attending a workshop at Solscape.  We also got our hands dirty (and wormy) at the composting workshop. We deployed around 50 stoat traps on Mount Karioi and gave some love to Ruapuke beach with a planting day. What's coming up now? 

REMINDER: Please book ahead for workshops to avoid cancellations! Just stop by WEC or hit "reply" to this newsletter.

Wednesday Sept 7

Seed Saving workshop @ WEC 1-3pm, koha

Weaving - gifts @ Solscape 4pm - 5:30pm, $5


Thursday Sept 8

Weaving - gifts @ Solscape 4pm - 5:30pm, $5


Friday Sept 9

Reel Earth Environmental Film Fest presents...

Cowboys in India, Tide of Change and A Mongolian Couch

Three films for just 5 bucks!

See our events page for more info about the films.


Saturday Sept 10

Earth Building 10am  - 4pm @ Solscape, $5


Sunday Sept 11

Creating a Food Forest the Solscape way, 10am - 4pm @ Solscape, $5


Kicking off Sustainable September

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No excuse for staying home this weekend! There's so much to do. How does one do it all?!


Friday night..

Reel Earth Film fest presents Deep Green at Old School Arts. 7pm. $5 at the door, kids free!

Deep Green is a positive, solution-focused documentary about energy efficiency and options. See the events page of our website for a full description.

Saturday Sept 3

Renewable Energy Workshop @ Solscape. 10am - 4pm. $5. There's still some room so call WEC to book your space!

Karioi Stoat trapping. Meet at 8am at 240 Maungatawhiri Rd (large barn on rght side of road). Bring warm clothes, good shoes, food and water for the day and a large backpack to carry your trap! (400x250)

Sunday Sept 4

Worm Farming and Composting @ Solscape. 10am - 4pm $5.

2nd Ruapuke Beachcare Planting Day. 2pm - 3:30pm. Meet at North End carpark. Bring tools to plant with and food to share for afternoon tea @ Parito Retreat Centre afterwards.

Monday Sept 5

Cloth Nappy workshop @ WEC. 10am. Koha


Looking ahead... Next weekend is the ReStyle Fashion Show in Hamilton. See 


...and more Sustainable September workshops are coming! Come into WEC to book your space on any workshops. See you soon.


Book Launch @ WEC and Spring into Sustainable September!

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Spring is coming.. and so is Sustainable September. The full schedule will be printed in this week's Chronicle so clip it out, stick it on the fridge, and see you this September! Can't wait until September to get out of the house? Come to a book launch this Friday @ WEC


Fleeing Vesuvius NZ Edition

Responding to the Effects of Economic and Environmental Collapse

12 New Zealand Contributors to this important contribution of possible solutions to this convergence of threats.

Book Launch at Whaingaroa Environment Centre

Friday 26th August 2011

5.30-7 pm

Share wine and nibbles
Meet some NZ contributors

Economic growth is over for good and Fleeing Vesuvius is the first book to explore the profound, historic implications.  Its message could hardly be more urgent..” Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, Author, Peak Everything.

Some are in denial, others are in despair, then there are those who seek to meet the future in the drivers seat those people will be reading this book

Fleeing Vesuvius confronts our multiple crises, analysing the many aspects: the financial crisis; the collapse of the housing bubble; the urgent need for food security; the enormous challenge of dealing with climate change, and the looming scarcity of essential resources such as fossil fuels – the lifeblood of the world economy.

Fleeing Vesuvius puts forward solutions that involve changes to our economy and financial system, but they go much further: this substantial, wide-ranging book also looks at the changes needed in how we think, how we use the land and how we relate to others, particularly those where we live.

While it doesn’t discount the complexity of the problems we face, Fleeing Vesuvius is practical and fundamentally optimistic. It will arm readers with the confidence and knowledge they need to develop new, workable alternatives to the old-style expanding economy and its supporting systems. It’s a book that can be read all the way through or used as a resource to dip in and out of.

Fleeing Vesuvius was originally published in late 2010 by Feasta in response to Ireland’s economic collapse.. Its 27 authors including Dmitry Orlov and Richard Douthwaite are now joined by 12 New Zealand contributors, making this book a compelling tool for all thinking New Zealanders concerned about the future.

Get outside in Whaingaroa... Stoat trapping, beachcare and exciting news...

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Spring is coming.. and so is <drum roll> Sustainable September! Watch this space for more info.. and also check the August 25th Chronicle for a calender of events.

Have you been to Ruapuke beach lately? Ever wanted to check out Parito Retreat?

How about Karioi Maunga? Likely you've been meaning to climb (or re-climb) it forever, but haven't got around to it?

Here are some great chances to get out there, break a sweat and care for our beautiful Whaingaroa environment!


Ruapuke Beach Planting Days

"Thank you so much to those of you who have said you are able to come next weekend for the planting.  Let us know if any others are able to come.  We will meet this Saturday 20 August at 10.30am - 12.00 midday.  More info below... (see previous post) 

There will be one further planting day for this year:  2.00-3.30pm Sunday 4 September for those of you who are not able to Join the 20 August morning and also for those who have abundant energy and enthusiasm to help again.  Please let us know if you are able to help.  Afternoon tea at Parito afterwards.


Stoat Trapping on Karioi Maunga

A Rocha together with Te Whakaoranga O Karioi, the Department of Conservation and the Raglan community are now set to deploy up to 40 stoat traps across Karioi Maunga main track on Saturday September 3rd.

 Various volunteer options for you to choose from - depending on your fitness, ability and availability.  And of course training will be provided.

Traps will be deployed and set on the Saturday – weather permitting – and checked monthly by volunteers (Sunday is the back-up deployment day).If you would like to be a part of this day or on the team that will be scheduled to check traps then we would love to hear from you! Please RSVP if you can help on the 3rd September - more info coming soon... or if you would like to BE A VOLUNTEER ANY OTHER TIME.

 Please note we have had a wonderful team of volunteers working at the base of the Maunga for nearly three years now trapping stoats, rats, and possums - which we will continue to do - the deployment of these stoat traps across the whole Maunga is our next step - if you are not able to volunteer yourself perhaps you will consider donating $60 for a stoat trap in your name...?

SEW-vember! and A Rocha Hiking and Conservation Camp

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sewing and craft month

Are you keen to save your wallet and be kind to the environment?

Do you want to make simple and cool gifts for family and friends this Christmas?

Do your children sometimes get in the way of your crafting and sewing ambitions?

SEW-vember is for you! This event will include open workshop days in the Union Church hall (3 Stewart St). Also includes:

  • Some sewing machines, tools, and materials available (although self-sufficiency is encouraged)
  • Large tables and workspace
  • Childcare sessions every Thursday 9-3
  • A full kitchen
  • Power points
  • Eco-friendly inspiration and help
  • A play area for the littlies

? ? Interested ??

If you would like to attend, have a great idea to share, materials to donate, or want to know more about childcare..  Let us know!

Vicky Beeby (organizer)

021 656823 (text)


More details to come... Including dates and times. Keep an eye on the WEC and Union Church webpages.

In the meantime, start brainstorming, foraging, and collecting for your craft and sewing projects!


Friday 2 September to Sunday 4 September. (Grade: Easy!) 

A ROCHA will be running a joint RAGLAN CAMP with keen Hamilton and Auckland Hikers.
Enjoy and experience a kaleidoscope of walks, inspirational talks, reflection, and a hands-on conservation project.
Or just come and hang out in a great location :)

WHEN?                Friday night 2 September to Sunday afternoon 4 September

WHERE?              The BIG Barn, 240 Maungatawhiri Road, Raglan.

                            Turn left off SH 23 just before you get to Raglan.

Cost: REDUCED to $45 + transport.

WHAT TO BRING: Sleeping bag, lilo or Thermarest, notebook, games, walking footwear, warm clothes, raincoat, personal toiletries, eating utensils, towel, tea-towel, cake or packet of biscuits.


Phone: 09 837 4411

Mobile: text or phone message to 027 224 1221 .
She will text back if required.

Please indicate which group you are from (ie: A ROCHA) and if you require transport from Auckland or Hamilton.

C U there!

Ruapuke Beachcare Day - Saturday 20 August

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Saturday 20 August 10:30am - 12:00 midday

Ruapuke Beachcare Planting Day

Meet at the North end carpark of Ruapuke Beach. After planting, share a lunch at Parito Coastal Yoga Retreat. There will  be a big warm organic soup to share with everyone. Please invite any friends and whanua to join the planting and lunch. All are welcome. Please RSVP and bring a spade or trowel and a plate of food to share. Contact Pete or Atmavidya 825 8993 or email


TVNZ Youth Sustainability Film Challenge

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TVNZ presents:

The Sustainability Film Challenge for Young People

Make a short film, On any camera you like, Any genre you like, Any length up to 5 minutes, Anyone up the the age of 24 can enter

 Make a film, Make a difference

For more info on entry and prizes check out