Transition Waiheke Initiatives

We started the process of becoming a Transition Town in Summer 2007, and we now have the following active groups:

Community Supported Agriculture

Read all the details and links to other pages and sites here. You will find lots of news and information about this awesome project.

Waiheke Does It Better - Waste initiative

Visit the website and see all the amazing work which is being done on behalf of the whole communty.

The Fabulous Fruit Tree Initiative

With a ten-year vision of planting 20,000 fruit and nut trees on the island's public and private land, the Fabulous Fruit Tree Group is working, in conjunction with Auckland City Council, towards planting its first orchard reserve this winter – possibly behind the old Surfdale post office. Approximately 25 organic trees will be under-planted with heritage daffodils and narcissus; a bench will be placed for contemplation in the shade and a path weave through the young trees.

This model orchard will be the launch of the "Fruit Bowl of the Hauraki Gulf", taking us one step closer to feeding the community more locally. A private donation has been gratefully received to purchase these trees. A map of all the fruit trees on the island is being drawn up, identifying those with fruit to share and also those quality ones from which to graft future stock.

Contact: Sue Connor 372 6183

Wise Women plus a couple brave men

At her 81st birthday party, Fay Giles invited her friends to take part in the transition movement. Since then, she has signed up 15 energetic women and three men to launch a number of projects. Her cottage at the Ostend retirement village has become a drop-in centre for those interested in the cause. With plans underway for a raised bed veggie garden, the Waiheke Resource Trust has donated a worm farm which Faye is carefully feeding every morning.

A documentary is being considered for Faye and her friends, recording the sustainable histories of these stroppy individuals with a positive and practical attitude. We are looking for funding to buy this group "Transition Waiheke" t-shirts to be worn during the filming.

Contact: Faye Giles 372 4411

Energy Group

An energy group is just being set up. Transition Waiheke and Right House put out an energy survey via the local papers in July 2008, as a first step towards gathering information which we hope will soon lead to reducing power consumption across the island and eventually to setting up a community-owned power generation company.

Contact: James Samuel 372 8737

Transition Enterprise Ideas

Are you a budding young entrepreneur? Have you considered the enterprise opportunities that transition towns offer? Click the link below to browse some ideas that could be the seed for a real profit making business. As a Transition Entrepreneur you could be making a good income while being a key player in the transition process for your town. check it out here.