Environment Network Manawatu is a network of over fifty member organisations that fosters and encourages environmental initiatives in the Manawatu, in areas ranging from sustainable living to wildlife conservation.
The environment faces real and pressing challenges. You can be part of the solution.
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Talk: Targeting smarter erosion control with new research
Tuesday 22 October 7:30 pm
Palmerston North City Library Level 2 – Heritage Space
Soil erosion and the transfer of fine sediment into streams and rivers is an important environmental problem in New Zealand. Accelerated erosion reduces long-term land productivity and compromises the water quality, ecological health and recreational values of our rivers, lakes and estuaries. This talk will describe the erosion and sediment research taking place within Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Highlights include insights into the complex array of erosion processes and the latest technology being deployed to assemble higher-resolution data to better understand these processes, recent developments in erosion and sediment modelling, and techniques that allow us to quantitatively determine the sources of fine sediment in catchments.
Dr. Hugh Smith is a geomorphologist with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research based in Palmerston North.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am-2pm
Rangitane Park, Awapuni
Maybe you have time on your hands since giving up work? You have lost touch with your workmates and miss the company you enjoyed while working. Perhaps you have sold the family home, leaving behind your workshop? Do you miss the satisfaction of working on projects. Meet like-minded people at the shed, learn new skills and share old – together Menzshed build great things and give back to the community.
Demonstration: Fridays for Future
Every Friday, 9:00am - 12 noon
The Square, Palmerston North City
In support of #fridaysforfuture Extinction Rebellion Manawatu will be holding a safe, peaceful and family friendly action at the council building in The Square. Meet up outside Bethanys Cafe in the council building, bring placards, chalk, song, climate info to share and talk about, theatre, costumes, ideas to work on with others. All welcome!
Plastic Bag Recycling Collective
Every Friday 10am - midday
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - 22 Harbor Street, Foxton, 4814
This social / creative group develops skills for recycling plastic bags into reusable / sellable goods; condensing them into practical items and creative art pieces; keeping them out of landfills and waterways; reducing the impact plastic bags are having on the environment in our district till we can get them out of the system.
This is a free workshop, all welcome.
Please bring along a sharp pair of scissors. Also bring any unwanted plastic shopping bags, bread bags, fruit and vege bags.
Hosted by Greenheart Hub, a community hub aiming to minimize waste through creativity, educate in sustainable living practices, and promote the arts.
Ashhurst Community Garden Working Bee
Every Friday 10am - midday (weather dependant)
Ashhurst Community Library - Cnr Cambridge & Bamfield Streets, Ashhurst 4810
All welcome - just turn up, the more the merrier.
The first vegetable beds in Ashhurst's Community Garden were planted in 2014. Since then, volunteers have been working away, students on the permaculture course enjoy field trips there and other workshops have helped to create the cob seating. Regular working bees have seen fruit trees planted, bulbs, a rotation of vegetables and plentiful flowers and herbs. These are for the community to enjoy ....and they do! Visitor numbers are growing and the librarians receive many compliments and questions about the gorgeous garden outside the library windows. Plans include more fruit trees, more raised vegetable beds, a pond, water harvesting, seating and a chess table, compost bins, chicken tractors, a glass house, beehives, and more.
To learn more about how to get involved in the garden, contact the RECAP Coordinator on email@example.com.
The Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina, Incorporated
RECAP is a volunteer-led charitable society for people from Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley who want to:
- build a stronger sense of community,
- care for the living environment and the local ecology, and
- develop new skills and connections that can help make this region sustainable, resilient, and self-reliant.
While RECAP projects are local to Ashhurst and the valley, almost all activities are open to participants from the surrounding region. RECAP networks with similar organisations in nearby areas, including Transition Feilding, Sustainable Rangitikei, and Transition Otaki. As well as being a member of Environment Network Manawatu, they are aligned with the nation-wide organisation Permaculture in New Zealand.