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Evolve Festival 2012 goes green for Nelson

The Evolve festival of opportunities Logo

New Zealand’s longest-running festival for health and wellbeing is going green to reduce its impact on the environment.

Evolve Festival – Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, on 18-19 February, 2012.

Permaculture Design Course 2 – 22 February 2012, Golden Bay

organic logo - permaculture

3-week hands-on residential course, 2 – 22 February 2012
Tui Community, Golden Bay, South Island, NZ

Endangered sea lions bound for extinction under fishing plans

New Zealand Sea Lion - photo credit

Forest & Bird said Friday the public interest and care being given to a sea lion and her pup in Dunedin highlights how important the endangered sea lions are to New Zealanders – and the need to halt their slide toward extinction.

Switch to Local Food for your belated 2012 New Years Resolution

Simply by visiting the supermarket less and having local food delivered to your door, you’ll be part of a sweeping movement of conscious citizens that are enjoying tastier, healthier, more trustworthy and more ethical daily meals.

The Food Bill, not as sweet as first appeared – Green Party

Head and shoulders shot of Steffan Browning - Green Party

A culture of home gardening, food sharing and small artisan producers are at risk of being suppressed by future Ministerial decree. The Food Bill, supposedly intended to reduce compliance costs for the food industry, while eventually reducing the incidence of food borne illness, has such sweeping powers that best intent could be lost under bureaucratic pressure.

Ethical Shopping Guide

Cherries at Ohoka Farmers' Market

Can your grocery shop really save the world – and would you spend any more if it did?

Here’s a great set of articles by Andrew Laxon of the NZ Herald on the pros and cons of ethical shopping.

The great coffee cup recycling challenge

ELOISE GIBSON writes in “A typical New Zealand-made coffee cup begins life in the forests of Russia, after which a Finnish company coats the paper in plastic and ships it to Henderson, West Auckland, where Huhtamaki shapes it into takeaway cups. The caffeine-loving public gets through about 180 million disposable cups a year, including […]

Christmas Eve at the Junction Honey Cafe

The Coast Farm Market runs at the Junction Cafe, Westland, NZ

THE JUNCTION HONEY CAFÉ PRESENTS: TWILIGHT MARKET 24th DECEMBER 2pm-6pm All stall holders Welcome XMAS BBQ & LIVE MUSIC from 4pm-8pm The Junction Honey Cafe, SH 6, Kumara Junction, Greymouth Contact: Jane, 03 736 9333 The Coast Farm Market »

NZ Gardener Celebrates Nation’s Green Heroes

NZ Gardener 2011 Gardener of the Year Awards

A young Ashburton mum who founded an initiative to help struggling families grow their own fruit and vege has been named as the supreme winner of NZ Gardener 2011 Gardener of the Year Awards, announced today.

Environmental groups press government to keep promise on mining

Image collage of the Denniston Plateau

A group of environmental organisations that last year successfully defended national parks from mining is asking the government to keep its promise to give New Zealanders a say about a new plan to mine conservation land on the Denniston Plateau.

Nelson mum returns from Green Roadie film trip

Nelson mum returns from Green Roadie film trip suggesting ‘Organic Nation’ for NZ Tuesday, 13 December 2011, 4:05pm Press Release: Emma Heke Award winning Nelson filmmaker, mum and passionate greenie Emma Heke and her seven year old son Connor are back from their South Island road trip filming other families who are living the green […]

Hot line-up and vision for Luminate Festival 2012

Luminate Festival 2012 Poster

Luminate will be held again this summer from 1-8 February at Canaan Downs. The earth-friendly festival of music, dance, art and culture has a focus on environmental sustainability, intentional community, knowledge sharing, creativity and inspiration, and is set in a mountain location surrounded by native bush. The vision for Luminate is for people to gather […]