Eco website to support Kaipara’s greenies
- By Julia Wade
However Kaipara communities are keeping in step with nature with a range of projects designed to combat waste pollution, and Love Kaipara’s project manager, Victoria del la Varis-Woodcock, has organised a new initiative to support the schemes.
“There are so many groups doing great work and help is always needed,” Varis-Woodcock says. “Kaipara Cares Eco Week (November 17-24) is to raise awareness about the need to protect Kaipara’s unique habitats, while aiming to get more people involved in enhancing Kaipara’s environment.”
Eco-projects are listed on Love Kaipara’s newly launched website and include Mangawhai’s Plastic-free movement, which kick-started their summer campaign on November 19, at Wood Street Freehouse. The event featured inspirational speakers, a calendar of upcoming events and an unveiling of the group’s new logo.
Mangawhai was also visited recently by a roaming zero-waste roadshow, The Rubbish Trip on October 22, inspiring a group of locals to think about how they can reduce their waste footprint.
The free workshop’s presenters, Wellington ‘no-waste nomads’ Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, had been on the road fulltime since Plastic–free July, spreading their message about living rubbish-free to communities around the country.
Other initiatives around the district include privet control, pest trapping competitions, Plastic-Free BYO Bag days, free composting workshops and a screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ at Dargaville cinema.
“Eco Week offers just a taste and there’s so much more going on,” Varis-Woodcock says. “I see our website as being a hub for eco activities in our amazing Kaipara district,
where people can get all the details and inspiration they need to join in. Doing something good with others is a sure way to happiness.” To view events or to add your own, email firstname.lastname@example.org or view lovekaipara.co.nz.
More information on The Rubbish trip or Plastic-free Mangawhai, can be found on the groups Facebook pages.
The Love Kaipara team inspiring a green mentality; educator Margaret Baker, administrator Emma McClean and project manager Victoria del la Varis-Woodcock.