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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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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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Mt Eden Village People AGM: Thursday 30 August from 7.30pm-8.30pm

August 14th, 2012

You are invited to the next Mt Eden Village People AGM: Thursday 30 August from 7:30pm-8.30pm
Mt Eden Village Centre, 449 Mt Eden Rd, Methodist church building.

Join us for our next AGM where we discuss the next step towards our vision of a more sustainable community in Mt Eden.
Positive action towards a sustainable future!
You may want to join one of our existing subgroups or start your own project. Or maybe you’d just like to find out what’s going on in your community. Either way, we’d love to see you there.
If you can’t make it, stay in touch and join our mailing list

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Community Celebration program – 27th of November 2011

November 12th, 2011

Where: at the  Mt Eden Community Gardens at the end of Poronui Street near the bowling grounds

2.00 pm
Compost building workshop– for children and adults; meet and greet the animals; Pony riding, Mandala – create a unique piece of  artwork from recycled materials, walk like the animals game.

2.30 pm
Meet the team behind the Mt Eden Village People and hear about the projects we have been working on (local recycling, workshops, community garden, community fruit trees)

2.45 pm
Animal Antics: learn all about farm animals and what free range means; the amazing race for adults; locate your garden and fruit trees on our sustainable Mt Eden map – do you grow your own food, have bees, fruit trees or chickens?

Seed planting and kids discovery tour around the garden; sale of raffle tickets

3.30 pm
Build the scarecrow for the community garden; Raffle ticket draw*


And more:

  • Make your own smoothie powered using a bicycle provided by Tumeke Cycle Space .
  • Enjoy yummy food from the Essential Deli.
  • Meet the gardeners to talk about growing food in the city
  • Face painting
  • Gardening tools sale as a fund raiser
  • Silent auction of a worm farm

*money raised will go towards our project to provide 1000 community fruit trees in 2012

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100 Citrus for schools:

August 10th, 2011

We had a wonderful day on Sunday the 7th of August providing 100 fruit trees to local schools
and kindergartens. 

All 100 fruit trees now have their roots down in their new garden homes in schools and
kindergartens all over Auckland.We would like to thank all the teachers and
parents for sharing our vision of free and healthy food by taking action and being involved in the ‘Citrus in schools’project.

We have three main goals with this project  - to support families with lowering their grocery bills; to encourage local food production;  and to teach children how to plant and care for fruit

Our commitment for July 2012 is to provide 500-1000 fruit trees to schools and kindergartens. If you want to be part of this project and suggest a site for the planting of a fruit tree please register on our website: Best wishes, Your fruit tree ladies
Judith, Justine, Karen, and Jo

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Woofing – an alternative holiday experiance

December 10th, 2010

Recently Sara, one of the Mount Eden village people team, had a few days WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). She was working with Charlie and Joy Pringle helping weed pingao grass at Long Beach near Dunedin. Pingao grass is a native sand dune grass which is being re established on a number of beaches around NZ. It is distinctive because of it’’s spectacular golden colour.

In exchange for 3-4 hours work each day in an amazingly beautiful setting Sara was able to enjoy the hospitality of Charlie and Joy, staying with them in their home. This included eating yummy homemade bread and meals prepared by Charlie  and learning of the conservation work they have been committed to for some years. Read more about WWOOFing at

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Meet us on the 27th of March in Mt Eden village at the Village fete

March 20th, 2010

We will have a table there, selling gardening tools, shopping bags and landscape books to raise money for more community fruit trees. We want to meet you and hear what your vision is for our community. If you could change one thing to make Mt Eden a more sustainable place for the benefit of everyone, what would that be?

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It is Grey Lynn 2030 week, from Sun 21 – until Sat 27 March

March 14th, 2010

Check out this fantastic program our friends in Grey Lynn have put together:

Take this opportunity to visit a community that has archived a lot of positive change in a short time. We are inspired by these guys and love their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to work together to create a sustainable future.

Any Musicians or Performers in Mt Eden who would like to entertain at the West Lynn Street Party on Thursday 25 March 5-8pm? Please contact Sam  mob 21 213 7614

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Use coffee grinds in the garden

February 25th, 2010

Coffee by-products can be used in the garden and worm farm as follows:

  • Sprinkle used coffee grinds around plants before rain or watering, for a slow-release nitrogen.
  • Add to compost piles to increase nitrogen balance. Coffee filters and tea bags break down rapidly during composting.
  • Dilute with water for a gentle, fast-acting liquid fertilizer. Use about 230grams can of wet grounds in a 19 litre bucket of water; let sit outdoors to achieve ambient temperature.
  • Mix into soil for houseplants or new vegetable beds.
  • Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests.
  • If you are into vermi-posting, feed a little bit to your worms.


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