Trees That Count 2017

Read about this great initiative at http://www.treesthatcount.co.nz:

Many hands make light work

How many native trees are we planting in New Zealand? Could we do more? With your help we can.

Trees That Count is building a movement to help New Zealand plant more native trees.

It’s about counting how many native trees that you great Kiwis already plant each year, and helping to plant more

Special Birthday Offer from SiloStay

SiloStay Banks Peninsula

To celebrate their two year anniversary, SiloStay are offering a 15% discount to EcoFind readers until the end of October 2016. Plus free bike hire!

Enjoy a unique, eco-friendly accommodation and explore the beauty of the rugged landscape of the Banks Peninsula region.

Offer Details

Bookings for this offer need to be made by phone. Mention the code ‘EcoFind’ to obtain your 15% discount: +64 3 325 1977.

Discount applies to standard winter room rates: Weekdays $180/night, Weekends $210/night.

Book your bikes on arrival (first in first served basis).

Offer is valid until the end of October 2016.

Normal SiloStay Terms and Conditions apply.

What People are Saying about SiloStay

Thank you for a lovely stay. We were blown away by the interior design when we walked in after having seen them many times in passing and wondering what they’d be like.

Surpassed our imagination.

Loved the space station-esque roof, heated towel rail, staircase, taps and kitchen drawers. Thanks 🙂

– C & B, Christchurch

Like living in a work of art! Verrrry cool! Attention to details is incredible… especially loved the toilet basin/cistern filling set up and the way the heated towel rail worked. Will be telling everyone about your amazing place!!

– H & D, Timaru

Take a look at the SiloStay website for more info »

Kitchen - SiloStay accommodation

Tell the World about your Sustainable Business

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We’ve just made it easier for you to tell potential customers about your sustainable business.

There’s always something going on behind the scenes at EcoFind. Generally, we’re so busy actually making improvements that we don’t get around to talking about them here.

However, we’d like to tell you about this new feature so you can maximise the value of your Ecofind listing. Read More »

Ōtākaro Orchard Community Garden Project gets the Green Light

Ōtākaro Orchard

Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Nicky Wagner has welcomed an agreement reached for a community garden and food hub on Crown-owned land in central Christchurch.

“The community garden, called Ōtākaro Orchard, is a great partnership between the Crown as landowner and the Food Resilience Network as operators on behalf of the community,” Ms Wagner says. Read More »

Susanne Becken – The Price of Oil and the Environment [RNZ Interview]

If you’re interested in the implications of cheaper oil for the environment and tourism in NZ this interview is worth listening to.

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Can you help identify this bird? [Solved!]

This bird call was recorded about two thirds of the way up Glider Road in pine forest on the Barnicoat Range in Nelson about 11.30am.

Nobody in the party could remember hearing this distinctive, loud call before. We caught a brief glimpse of the bird in flight – seemed reasonably large, maybe brownish – but not enough to identify.

Here’s a recording. Quality is not that great as it was captured on a phone. The first three calls are in real time, the last 2 were cut and pasted from a separate recording (some foot steps in the background). Read More »

The Dorito Effect – The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor

This is a great interview on Radio NZ’s ‘This way up’ on a fascinating and relevant topic.

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Nelson Nature $6m Biodiversity Project Partners with DOC

The Nelson Nature project has announced a partnership with DOC for the first three years of it’s 10 year plan.

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Is the tiny house movement a ‘big lie’? [treehugger.com]

Treehugger highlights an interesting article about the tiny house movement written by Erin Anderssen in The Globe and Mail: Teeny house, big lie: Why so many proponents of the tiny-house movement have decided to upsize

Writes Anderssen:

The ardour for tiny homes suggests it’s the next best trend in four walls. Certainly, the motivation is hard to fault. Read More »

The Environment Aotearoa 2015 report released

A major report paints a bleak picture of the current state of NZ’s environment.

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Read the Report here »
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Jenny’s Garden Blog: Tackling the TPP (Tomato Potato Psyllid)

A few years ago a tiny cicada-like insect made its way to the Nelson region bent on the devastation of our potato and tomato crops.

Tomatoes affected by PsyllidChemical sprays have now been developed to help combat the TPP, but those of us preferring organic methods have fewer options.

I first noticed the infestation in our garden three summers ago. A strange sugar-like substance on the leaves and fruit (as pictured) was the give away. I tried regular spraying with neem oil and this does seem to knock them back a bit, delaying the inevitable decline of fruit size and eventual destruction of the plant. But tomatoes in our garden were still a lost cause by mid-January. Read More »

Elon Musk Announces Tesla Energy – and how we can Save the Planet

OK, sure – he’s selling a product, but this is inspiring stuff. You could be forgiven for thinking he actually wants to change the world – one battery at a time.

And in case you miss it – it’s all being open-sourced.

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