Archive for May, 2012

Food production on a small scale – one year in Ken Clarks garden:

May 22nd, 2012

For those of you who have been to one of our Square Foot Garden workshops, you will know that you don’t need a lot of space or time to produce some of your food. Ken Clark, the master of the Square foot garden technique has kept a diary of the amount of food he produces on his 830m2 section in Waiheke. This is what he harvested: 34 bunches of asparagus, 37kg tomatoes, 8kg courgette, 4kg beans, 214 cucumbers, 277 capsicum, 456 passion fruit as well as ongoing supply of lettuce and silver beet

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Mount Eden Community Garden:

May 14th, 2012

Community Garden:
The Mount Eden Community Garden has had a successful summer with vegetables growing to abundance. It has been a warm, wet summer which helped. As we are now into Autumn and have harvested all our crops, tomatoes, zuchinni, basil, beans, lettuce etc. We are now preparing our raised beds for winter with the addition of compost in preparation for the winter planting. We are still looking for like minded gardeners to come and join us. We meet most Sundays between 2 and 4pm. If you are interested we would love to see you. We are tucked away behind the Mt Eden Bowling club via the Poronui St entrance. If you still cannot find us you can contact Michele on her mobile 021 216 1684.

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Working towards zero waste in Mt Eden Village – turning waste into valuable resources.

May 14th, 2012

Battery recycling: local recycling stations
We are desperately trying to find a way to continue with this free service. Sony at New Market cannot handle the volume we collect anymore (10-15kg each month) and have asked us to stop using their free drop off. We are hoping that we can get support from council or our local board to find an alternative. Meanwhile we would like to encourage people to continue to collect batteries and drop them off at Sony in Newmarket themselves. We also want to encourage you to make the change to rechargeable batteries if you haven’t already done so.

Hungry bins: taking care of our food waste
A hungry bin was set up at the Mt Eden Village Centre. The centre now offers composting for people that hire the venue and is part of our initiative to work towards zero waste in Mt Eden. The next Hungrybin will be set up at the Community Garden in Poronui St. If you don’t do composting at home and would like a bucket to collect vegetable scraps so you can deliver them to these bins please let us know.

Soft plastic: new recycling station
A big thank you to Les Jones, one of our zero waste group members, for building a frame for our bag to collect soft plastic in our community. Plastic bags and other clean soft plastics  (like gladwrap and soft plastic packaging) can soon be dropped off at one of our local shops. The plastic collected will be recycled in New Zealand and turned into plastic cables.

Coffee grounds:
The coffee grounds from our local cafes are still helping the home gardens of our waste minimisation team. Let us know if you want to join us collecting coffee grounds or in another of these schemes.

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Keep Our Assets – petition to download

May 8th, 2012

This is the best chance we’ve got to stop the government selling our power companies and Air New Zealand.

You can download and print the petition and start collecting signatures now

27 April 2012

Asset sale petition approved

The Clerk of the House has approved the wording for the petition to get a citizens initiated referendum on asset sales.

The agreed wording is – Do you support the Government selling up to 49 per cent of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand?

The petition is being promoted by a coalition of community organisations and political parties. Keep Our Assets will be formally launched on the 10 May 2012, in Wellington.

“I am delighted that the Clerk has approved the wording. Now we can get on with the job of collecting signatures. It’s a big job, and there is no time to waste. Everywhere I go New Zealanders tell me they strongly oppose assets sales. This is their chance to have a say,” Grey Power National President and petition promoter, Roy Reid said today.

“The petition to keep Kiwi assets in Kiwi hands will hit the streets tomorrow at a march in downtown Auckland. New Zealanders rallying behind this petition are standing up for a country they own, not a country that can be sold off to the highest bidder.”

“The approval of the petition comes after a week of submissions which reiterated New Zealanders staunch opposition to the Government’s Mixed Ownership Model Bill.  Kiwis know it makes no economic sense to sell our best performing assets. This petition will demonstrate unequivocally that Kiwis are dead against the sell-off.”

“We know from experience that privatisation of electricity companies means higher power bills for ordinary New Zealanders.
“There’s only winners from the sell-off of our assets- are the wealthy foreign buyers and the accountants and consultants clipping the ticket on the sale,” Roy Reid said.

Contact: Roy Reid 027 234 4473

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News from the Mt Eden Village Centre

May 1st, 2012

The Mount Eden Village centre is now online and on Facebook. This is a unique location in the heart of our community where you can host your events, workshops or celebrations. You can find events and classes at the centre such as adult classes, art exhibitions, concerts and support groups  on the centre’s website as well as a selection of pictures from the different rooms to hire. Please help to spread the word about the centre and visit our centre on FB: Mt Eden Village Centre.

The centre has now its own worm farm to reduce waste going to landfill and is part of our initiative of working towards zero waste in our community.

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Connect with your community – Other community groups in Mt Eden:

May 1st, 2012

Please see bellow a list of other community groups around Mt Eden.  If you know of any other not for profit organisation in Mt Eden that do exciting projects, please let us know.

Auckland Theatre Company

Eden Arts

Eden Creative Recycling

Friends of Maungawhau

The Handweavers and Spinners Guild

Mount Eden Community Garden

Mount Eden Maungawhau Village Centre Society Inc.
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Mainstreet Business Association

Mount Eden Village Centre

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