Archive for November, 2012

Transition towns at the Sustainable City Showcase, 22-24 November

November 19th, 2012

We are delighted to be joining with other transition town groups in Auckland to take part in the Sustainable City Showcase which brings together 120 businesses and innovators in a pop-up city at the Cloud.

You will find the Transition Towns space in the community zone located after you have worked through the commuter and transport zone; experienced workplace and business solutions; relaxed in the home and lifestyle zones; lived it up in the fashion and entertainment section.

Entry is free with a focus on family fun on Saturday

Discover, explore and experience a sustainable city of the future on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November

The Sustainable City Showcase has been organised by the Sustainable Business Network, in association with Waterfront Auckland, Element magazine and greenideas. Mt Eden Village People  has joined forces with Grey Lynn 2030, Pt Chev TT, Devo TT, Grow Sandringham and the newly formed Glen Eden group to present a unique Transition Towns space at the Showcase. Find out what initiatives we have been working on to create sustainable communities and what you can do to get involved.


The Sustainable City Showcase will take place at The Cloud, Queen’s Wharf, Auckland

The programme

Friday 23 November: open to public, 7.30am-8pm

7.30-9am Conscious Commuter Breakfast

Celebrating sustainable commuters by offering a free coffee and breakfast treat to the first 400 conscious commuters. Present a ticket stub, HOP card, bike or walking shoes to the greeter at the door. Delicious organic breakfast treats will be available to purchase from Ripe Deli and Kokako. A Zero-Waste event so bring your own cup.

NOTE:  the Velociteers will be performing  at about 8.30 am as part of the Conscious Consumer Commute in front of the Cloud

10.30am -4pm Interactive workshops and inspiring talks

5-8pm Green Drinks (registration needed)

6-7pm NZ’s First Ethical Fashion Show (ticketed event)

Feast your eyes on the latest sustainable fashions from Miranda Brown, Sitka, We’ar, Starfish, Chalky Digits, the best of NZ Fashion Tech’s up-cycling project. $30 tickets also include a goody bag and a glass of sustainable wine.

Saturday 24 November: open to public, 10.00am-4pm

10.30am -3.30pm Interactive workshops

10.30am-3.30pm Family activities

11-2pm Carrotmob

Carrotmob gives you the power to make businesses more sustainable. Purchase one (or more) of the sustainable products on display for the Showcase and part of the profits will be given to Garden to Table, an organisation that teaches children how to grow and cook their own food.

Full details of the Sustainable City Showcase click here and on Facebook

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Love Your Mountain Day: 9 December, from 10am to 4pm

November 11th, 2012

Guided walks, music on the maunga, a flax-weaving workshop and traditional Maori weaponry demonstration are among the free activities planned for the day. Eden Garden and Government House grounds will be open free of charge. Read more

Join the Friends of Maungawhau to celebrate one full year since the heavy buses were banned from the summit road and the signing of the Tāmaki Collective deed of settlement. The mountain will be closed to traffic so people can walk, picnic, and enjoy our beautiful mountain in safety.

Volunteers are needed to make the day a success. If you can spare a few hours to hand out info packs and generally lend a hand, please contact Brenda Clune on 021 134 2071 or email

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Farmers markets close to Mt Eden:

November 11th, 2012

Farmers markets offer a selection of fresh and local products and are often much cheaper than the big supermarkets. Below a list of our favourite farmers markets:

Grey Lynn Farmers Market: A great selection of workshops are offered too.
Sundays 9am – 12.30pm
Grey Lynn Community Centre
510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn

CCS Disability Action, Royal Oak
18 November, 10am – 2pm
14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak

Parnell Farmers Market:
Saturdays 8am – noon
545 Parnell Road, Parnell

French Market:
Saturdays 8am – 3pm; Sun 9am – 2pm
69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell

Britomart Farmers Market
Saturdays 8:30am – 12:30pm
Britomart Precinct

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Mt Eden Community Garden: Gardening every Sunday 2-4pm

November 11th, 2012

The garden is looking lush and green with all the new spring growth. The broad beans are fat and juicy and the crunchy silverbeet and spinach is the best! We will have plenty of strawberries this year!

This past month we have been busy with spring planting and getting compost and horse manure into the soil. We have built another planter box out of recycled pallets and a smaller box for raspberry cuttings. The compost system continues to work well (we can dig it back into the soil in 4 weeks), so bring along your kitchen waste and place in black bin #1 any time and the worms will assist in converting it into usable matter for us!

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Baxter School of Dance: Dancing for community fruit trees for Auckland 14.12.2012 @6pm the Mt Eden Village Centre and flash mob in the village!

November 11th, 2012

The fruit tree mob is in the village! The Baxter School of Dance have prepared a stunning performance with children from local schools to raise funds to plant community fruit trees for Auckland with us.
The Baxter School of Dance kindly supports our Fruit Trees for Auckland project by donating funds raised from ticket sales. Their focus is to support performance, people and the community.
Collaborating with the Mount Eden Village People allows the student body to achieve their goal of community interaction for 2012. Get your kids active with local community performance.
Trees will be allocated to schools that have registered on our website Planting will be in July 2013.

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Food swap Mt Eden – Saturday 24 November 10am-3pm, Mt Eden Village Centre

November 11th, 2012

At the next stall we will have lots of vegetables from the Mt Eden community garden. Please pop in and bring some food to swap. The food swap table is the last Saturday of the month at the Mt Eden Village Centre during the Mt Eden Village Fair.
If you can help for one or two hours that would be great.

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Recycling market Mt Eden : Saturday 2 March 2013 at the Mt Eden Village Centre

November 11th, 2012

Looking ahead – declutter your wardrobe and book a table for $35.00 at the first Mt Eden recycling market.  Join others to sell or swap unwanted items in your wardrobe. This first recycling market will focus on quality women’s clothing. A great opportunity! Booking enquiries:

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Sustainability Showcase: 22-24 November at The Cloud

November 11th, 2012

Come and visit us at the Transition Town stall at the Sustainable City Showcase, a ‘pop-up’ city of the future, showing the latest thinking in sustainable living, working and traveling.  This buzzing marketplace will be arranged into different city zones and will feature inspiring speakers, New Zealand’s first ethical fashion show, family activities, New Zealand’s largest carrot mob and much more!

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Meeting/Workshop about Resource Recovery network

November 4th, 2012

This workshop/meeting will be held on Thursday 15th November at 7.00pm at the Fickling Centre, Three Kings. See directions info below.
A study is being done with the three local boards (Waitemata, Albert Eden, Puketapapa) into how to establish resource recovery facilities in their areas. The study fits into the wider Resource Recovery Network concept which we are helping Auckland Council to develop.

The aim of the workshop is to give those that want to be involved the opportunity to hear more about the project and to seek local ideas and input to the study.

It will be an informal format with brief presentation by local board reps and Envision and then break out into groups or a general informal discussion. Notes will be kept and all the ideas will be sent out to those that wish to be kept informed.

The aim of the workshop is to give those that want to be involved the opportunity to hear more about the project and to seek local ideas and input to the study.

The Fickling Centre – 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings. (close to corner of Mt Albert Rd and beginning of Mt Eden Rd.)

Free parking is available near the Fickling Centre in the public car parking area at the back of the Three Kings shopping Centre. Access is via Grahame Breed Drive or through the Three Kings shopping centre off Mt Albert Road. The main entrance is the same as the library.

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November Programme: Mt Eden Village Centre

November 4th, 2012

Mt Eden Village Centre, 449 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden Village

  • 10 November, 10am – 4pm : Craft Market
  • 16 November, 7.30pm – 10pm : Village Music: Nairobi Trio & Friends in Soirée
  • 20 November, 7.30pm – 9pm : The Village Lectures: Rethinking the welfare state for the 21st Century
  • 24 November, 10am – 3pm : Mt Eden Village Fair
  • 24 November, 10am – 3pm : Food swap Mt Eden
  • 24 November, 1:30pm – 3pm : Optimal Digestion: Community Talk by Rosanne Sullivan, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist

Ongoing classes & group meetings:

AA Meeting: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am – 11.30am

Church choir: Thu 7pm – 8.30 pm

Jitterbugs dance classes: Mon 6.30pm – 10pm

Latin fever in Mt Eden: Latin moves 6.15pm-7.15pm, New >>> first class: Wed 28.11.2012

Latin fever in Mt Eden: Zumba 7.30pm-8.30pm,  New >>> first class: Wed 28.11.2012

Move to improve – Feldenkrais: Tue 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Mindful psychology: Thu 10am – 12pm,  New >>>

Meditation classes: Thu 7pm – 8pm

NA meeting: Fri 12am – 1.30pm

Pilates: Tue: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Yoga: Tue: 7.30pm – 8.30pm & Thu: 6pm – 7pm

Church service: every Sun 10am – 12 midday

For more information and bookings please go to:

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