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Community & Environment Tour

Community & Environment Tour

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  • Sat 10 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Whaingaroa Environment Centre, 41 Bow St, Raglan


All Ages


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What does garlic, plastic bags and rats have to do with each other? This one day tour will offer insight of three different projects in Raglan covering permaculture, waste reduction, and conservation with a focus on community initiative and engagement.

This tour includes visits to Taunga Kereru, a working permaculture farm, as well as workshops with Plastic Bag Free Raglan/Bag It Raglan and Karioi Maunga ki Te Moana. This is a Raglan “taster” showcasing how these varied projects succeed in their own right and converge to support Raglan’s environmental and social sustainability/health/resilience. The trip is led by expert guide, Tiaki Coates and includes transport and lunch.

Join us to visit:

Taunga Kereru
Liz and Rick originally trained and worked as ecologists and have over 30 years of experience in endangered species, forest, wetland and marine restoration and management projects throughout New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Wales, Mauritius and the Middle East. They have been practicing permaculture for over 25 years and both hold Permaculture Design Certificates and Diplomas.

Visit their working 6 hectare permaculture property and get an introduction to food resilience, permaculture and lifestyle block management by these two inspirational community initiators who have been also been instrumental in numerous other community enterprises, such as Xtreme Zero Waste and the Whāingaroa Environment Centre.

Plastic Bag Free Raglan/Bag It Raglan
With a steering committee comprising of members of the local Chamber of Commerce, Xtreme Zero Waste, the Whaingaroa Environment Centre and Para Kore, this grassroots project set out to eliminate plastic bags from Raglan. Key successes are due to dedicated members of the community, including local businesses, who by working together have reduced the number of single use plastic carry bags leaving local shops from over 20,000 to 1,000 a week.

PBFR has been locally and nationally influential in the movement against plastic bags. Through the dedication of volunteers, a local Bag It sewing group has produced over 1000 reusable bags made out of reused material to help build skills and community as well as reduce reliance on plastic bags. Make a no sew bag to take home with Bag it Raglan.

Karioi Maunga ki te Moana
The Karioi Maunga ki te Moana project is a community-led conservation project, run by A Rocha Aotearoa NZ in partnership with Te Whakaoranga O Karioi, Whāingaroa Environment Centre, Te Whaanga ahu Whenua trust, members of Tainui hapu, the Department of Conservation, Waikato Regional Council and the local community. Their vision is to restore biodiversity back to Karioi by engaging community, providing environmental education, and creating sustainable partnerships with other organisations.

With the help of volunteers, this large scale predator control project covers over 2000 hectares of Karioi Maunga and surrounding land, aiming to protect a small remnant population of seabirds - Grey Faced Petrels/Oi that return each year to breed on Karioi, as well as other seabirds and forest birds such as little blue penguin, kaka, bellbird, tomtits, kereru, morepork, tui, and fantails.

How can you sign up?
To sign up or if you have questions, contact us at tours@whaingaroa.org.nz

The fine print:
Price: $65 includes lunch and transportation. Payment in full due two weeks before tour. Full refund if cancelled prior to two weeks before tour, 50% after this with at least 24 hours notice.

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