News & Events

Nelson Growables Fair 2011


Founders Heritage Park
Sunday, 13 November


Adults $5
Children Free.

Over 100 stands with edibles, ornamentals,heritage and unusual plants, plus gardening products, services and inspiration.

Nelson Kids Edible Garden Programme Bears Fruit

The grow it logo

Nelson schoolkids are delighting in growing and eating their own produce. This week there has been enormous delight at unwrapping the hidden delights inside a broad bean. I kid you not, this green crop was savoured raw as a coveted jewel in several school gardens this week…

Cleanaer air purifier’s New Zealand distributor wins sustainability award

MW Cleaning have won the “Excellence in Sustainability” Award at the recent Westpac Business Excellence Awards. Anne Quaid, Director of MW Cleaning says “We are very excited about the award. It’s the culmination of 2 years of hard work.” Anne and Bob, a husband and wife team based in Auckland, are deeply concerned about the […]

Sustainable Wines Shine at Milestone Air New Zealand Wine Awards

04 November 2011 AirNZWineAwards »83 gold medals awarded at 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards »Pinot Noir scoops 20% of all gold medals awarded »77% of gold medals awarded to sustainable wines 83 gold medals have been awarded at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards – 77% of which were awarded to sustainable wines. […]

International Wine Tourism Awards – Central Otago & Marlborough Shine

A trail-blazing boutique tour company has won a prestigious International Best of Wine Tourism Award for its work showcasing Central Otago wines. Appellation Central Wine Tours, which was set up in 1999 when wine making in Central Otago was still in its infancy, has won the award for Wine Tourism Services in the Great Wine […]

Te Mania Wines Nelson – Pure Organic Gold

The Te Mania Wines logo

Te Mania a Nelson wine-making pioneer has won Pure Gold for its 2011 Sauvignon Blanc at the 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards…

World Population Hitting 7 Billion

a circle of hands on a sandy beach

The number of people in the world is expected to reach 7 billion by the end of October 2011. Our rate of increase continues to slow from the high point of over 2 percent in 1968. Still, this year’s 1.1 percent increase means some 78 million people will be added to the global population in 2011.

Foraging New Zealand |

Garden.Geek.NZ is where Emily Davidow blogs about her ‘enthusiastic garden experiments and explorations in Aotearoa New Zealand’.

Emily has published a page with some handy resources on urban foraging. Well worth a look along with the rest of her site.

Foraging New Zealand |


Agrofair logo with words 'Agrofair'

“AgroFair is the pioneer in sustainable fresh produce and fruit ingredients. Since the introduction of the first Fairtrade banana in 1996 we have developed into a producer-owned provider of sustainable fruit to leading supermarkets and food businesses in Europe. Currently we can offer a complete fruit basket of sustainable produce. All our fruit is minimum […]

Sustainable 60 Awards

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The finalists in the third annual Sustainable 60 Awards have been decided, with Auckland Airport in the running for six awards. The company is closely followed by Beca, up for five awards, and Anguillid Consulting, Soar Printing and BNZ, in the running for four awards each. The categories are strategy and governance, marketplace, workplace, environment […]

Organic Winegrowing Reducing Marlborough’s Dangerous Chemical Use

Steffan Browning: Organic wine growing in Marlborough is reducing significantly the amount of dangerous pesticides used in the region. With 1400 hectares either BioGro certified organic or in conversion, that equates to a full 1000 hectares of land no longer herbicide sprayed.

Nelson Big Beach Clean-up Nov 19 2011

beach and bush in Golden Bay

Last year more than 1000 volunteers collected 10.4 tonnes of rubbish from 50 beaches between Marahau and Cable Bay totalling about 293km of coastline.

This year’s Big Beach Clean-up happens on the 19 November from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. And already a range of groups, many involved with last year’s event, have signed up to take part in the community spring-clean.