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Are food forests mainstreaming

Two weeks ago, as I prepared for presenting our Waiheke Food Forest project to the Local Board, I learnt of three new Food Forest projects.

Four days later I received a persistant phone call - on the third ring I finally answered it, and glad I did. A well polite and well spoken man was wanting to know if I was using www.foodforest.co.nz, because if not he wanted it. I suggested we meet, and over a coffee two days later, we shared our stories. It was clear, we both saw Aotearoa abundant with forests of food. This proud Manawatu farmer shared his vision of 10 acre food forests, up and down the country, in those highly visible locations some farms are blessed with. We'll be meeting up again soon - with time to flesh out some details and explore possibilities.

On Friday it was off to spend time with the CSP community at Awhi Farm in Turangi, and the neighbouring Marae of the Tuwharetoa.The number of times the term Food Forest was mentioned or the subject of a conversation, was astounding and a delight!

Just yesterday morning, I enjoyed a lovely Facebook chat with a woman who's energy and commitment to building a better world is truly formidable. It concluded with an invitation to help them create two new food forests on private land - one large, one small.

Last night, I gave a Pecha Kucha talk on Food Forests, organised by the lovely Jane Zimmermann and Luka Hinse. It's a great format - 20 slides and 20 seconds each - so you get to tell your message in under 7 minutes, then stand aside and let the next person inspire and inform you. A mid break allows for lots of conversation, and everyone goes home with some new ideas.

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GETT's Submission for Glen Eden Urban Implementation Plan

Here is local council link on the plan - http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/HaveYourSay/Pages/gle...

then check out these attachments for our submission (and accompanying map).

May's Meeting Minutes

Kia ora Koutou,
Thank you to Helen & her daughters who provided their lovely home for our meeting on the 14/5.
Hope to see you all at the various plantings on the 18th May (all mentioned in minutes).

Minutes for GETT meeting. 14 May 2013.

Chair: Pam
Minutes: Kirsten
Present: Davian, Tony, Helen, Caroline, Alannah, Neil Henderson (Waitakere Local Board member & Weedfree Waitakere), Raphael ( Morven TT) Claire Louisse (Town Planner), Derek, Helen D, Patrick. » Read more

Mt Victoria June meeting - viewing South Island half of the Emma Heke film "Our Green Roadie".

Tuesday 11 June beginning 7:30pm, at New Crossways, Roxburgh St. We will view the South Island half of the Emma Heke film Our Green Roadie. Emma and Connor Heke travelled NZ for 6 months in a tiny van, on a shoe-string budget to film for Our Green Roadie. The feature-length documentary is a compilation of stories and snapshots shared by these 50 NZers with eco-conscious and economically viable businesses and lifestyles. It's a heartening, encouraging and very 'real', a genuine slice of kiwi 'can do'. All welcome. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
New Crossways, Roxburgh St, Mt Victoria, Wellington
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Sustainable Bays next meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday 20th May 7pm @ Browns Bay School (room 18), browns bay.

All welcome


Mt Victoria May meeting - Cr Iona Pannett on Wellington City Council's Draft Annual Plan

Cr Iona Pannett will talk to the group about the Wellington City Council's Draft Annual Plan, highlighting those issues of special interest to Transition Towns. Submissions on the Plan close on Thursday 16 May and there will be an opportunity to make a short submission and also to ask questions. All welcome.
For further information contact Frank Cook on 027 649 6508.

Location / Venue: 
New Crossways, Roxburgh St, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Youth Delegation to UN Climate Change Conference

Hi all,

Last year I was lucky enough to be selected as part of the NZ Youth Delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha to represent the voices of kiwi youth on climate change issues. This was not just about policy, but also the social and human sides of climate change issues. It is an amazing chance to meet negotiators, NGO's and inspiring youth from around the world and create strategic plans for addressing climate change issues. » Read more

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Film Premiere: Our Green Roadie

Location / Venue: 
The Free House, Collingwood St, Nelson

Urban Abundance


Urban Abundance

Permaculture Design for your Garden

2 day urban design course

This course will give you the tools to design your own abundant urban paradise. We will focus on the building blocks for urban permaculture design and relate them specifically to  Auckland. At the end of the course you will understand the basics of how to design your own abundant garden or get more out of the process of working with a professional designer. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Kawai Purapura, 14 Mills Lane, Albany, North Shore, Auckland