Conservation Week coming up

“There’s an amazing world right on your doorstep waiting to be explored. New Zealand is full of great places and hidden treasures.”

This Conservation Week (1-7 November) DOC are hosting a great range of activities and events, some of them right here on our doorstep. There’s also some great activity suggestions and competitions for the kids. See their website for details:

Where’s your favourite local treasure?

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Nourishing & flourishing: local seminar series coing up

It’s spring so it must be time for another Spring Series! And we have a excellent line-up for you this time, all under the banner of ‘Nourishing & Flourishing’. Come and hear how local responses to local needs, in NZ and elsewhere, have fostered outstanding examples of stronger, healthier communities. Please feel free to spread far and wide because all these folk have a great story to tell.

Spring Series poster 2014

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44 ways to build community

So many good things here. I’d love to see a version specific to NZ though:484530_10151151202765429_1018564064_n

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Navigating our way through an ‘Age of Loneliness’

Here’s an interesting column written by George Monbiot for The Guardian

In it he rails against the growing culture of competition and individualism, concluding that the clear social change marking out this time from those that preceded it is isolation and loneliness – an Age of Loneliness. Recent statistics from the UK mark out loneliness as an epidemic among both the young and the elderly. The negative health impacts are staggering, highlighting our inability to cope alone. Continue reading

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Tilley/Tarawa: got tested, got through

Break out the board games!

Break out the board games!

So how did the civil defence challenge go for the Tilley/Tarawa precinct? In ‘intrepid reporter’ spirit, I have the following accounts to share from the frontline (ahem, actually Tina, Jason and Lesley kindly emailed me). Continue reading

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