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Events and activities at the Mt Village Centre:

February 17th, 2012

February/March 2012

Methodist church building, 449 Mt Eden Rd  :  cnr Mt Eden Road & Ngauruhoe St,

New Classes/workshops:

•    Move to improve – Feldenkrais: Tue 7.30pm,

•    Pilates classes; Tue 6.30-7.30pm

•    Yoga with Nora Garcia, Thu 6pm – 7pm,

Ongoing classes:

•    AA Meeting, every Mon, Wed, Fri,  10am – 11.30am,

•    Church choir, every Thu 7pm-8.30 pm,

•    Dance classes, every Mon 6.30pm – 10pm,

•    NA meeting, every Fr 12am-1.30pm

•    Yoga classes every Tue and Thu, 9.15am-10.15am

•    Church service, every Sun 9am-12 midday

•    Savvy Senior: 23.2/ 8/3, 22/3 from 12.45 – 3.45pm

Other events at the centre:

Craft Market, 10th of March from 10am-4pm

Village Music, 9th of March

Persian Rug sale, 25.2.2012

Art Exhibitions:
The Bartizans, art exhibition, 2-4th of March

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December newsletter

December 24th, 2011

Dear all,

This is definitely a last minute newsletter and one more proof that it has been a busy and successful year for the Mt Village People and now it is timer to look back.

First of all we would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who is part of our network and supporting our vision of zero waste and a sustainable Mt Eden. We also would like to thank the New Zealand Lottery Board for their funding this year. In addition our local board has kindly supported our projects by funding 5 Hungry Bins for our local shops and 5 beehives for Mt Eden.

On behalf of our group the MEVP, we wish you a wonderful Christmas with your friends, neighbours and family and all the best for 2012

Judith Holtebrinck

Please find below a brief list of achievements in 2011 in the village:

  • Frasers Café changed to free range eggs
  • The Essential Deli has stated their commitment to  free range happy and healthy animals and New Zealand made products in big letters on their window.
  • City cake reported that they use free range eggs for their cakes
  • Chapter tearoom offers fair trade and organic tea
  • The village wine shop is selling 12 free ranged eggs for $6.00
  • We are now recycling 100 x 10 litre buckets of coffee grains each month
  • We are collecting one bucket per month of used household batteries from Civic Video
  • Pig farmers collect food waste from Frasers and KC Loo.
  • The Mt Eden Community garden has 6 more garden beds
  • The Mt Eden butcher has a new owner who offers free range meat
  • We planted a mandarine tree in front of the Mt Eden Village centre
  • We donated 100 fruit trees to schools and kindergartens in July this year and are working on giving 1000 fruit trees to Auckland next year.
  • Our sustainability workshops for 2012 are now listed on our website
  • Since 13.12.2011, Maungawhau Mt Eden is bus free!
  • We raised $470.00 for our project to plant fruit trees at our annual community celebration at the Mt Eden Community garden.
  • We have observed more people in our community planting fruit trees on their grass verges.

Things we are working on and looking forward to in 2012:

A new local recycling station: We will offer the recycling of soft plastic in one of our local shops.

We are working on a submission for the Auckland waste plan, supporting community based recycling versus handing our waste over to the big players who send it to landfill.

We are looking forward to setting up our new Hungry Bins at our local shops

We are busy raising money and collecting fruit tree planting locations on our website:, our vision is to have 1000 community fruit trees for Auckland by July 2012.

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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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April: Sunday 28.04.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Square Foot Gardening

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours

Tutor: Ken Clark, SFG master from Waiheke
Location:  Mt Eden Village
Contribution: $20.00

Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Square foot gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke
This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work. Ken will also share practical tips to improve your organic gardening skills and talk about soil maintenance, home-made organic fertiliser and seed saving.

What to expect:

  • The workshops cover everything from seeds and organic gardening.
  • You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that you can take home.
  • A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out outlining the workshop.
  • After this workshop you can set up your own SFG garden and start your food production.
  • To set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.

About Ken Clark and Square foot gardening:
Ken first learnt about square foot gardening about 20 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years. 5 years ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest. Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square foot gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and organically grow food with the minimum fuss and effort.

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July: Sunday 28.07.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Grafting on fruit trees
Starting:, duration: 1-1.30 hours,

Tutor: Ken Clark
Location:  Mt Eden Village

Contribution: $20.00
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Grafting with Ken Clark
In this workshop you will learn:

The different ways of grafting.
What you can graft together, success and failure stories.
What tools you need to get started

What to expect:
Ken is a master grafter and has managed to graft seven different sorts of plums onto one tree. Grafting on existing trees is one way to get a wide variety in your garden if you don’t live in an orchard. This is a great way for people in the city to get all different kinds of fruit on your trees.

About Ken Clark:
Ken has been gardening all his life with the main focus on food production. He grew up on a farm and back then you relied on your own garden to get your dinner on the table. When Ken was 12 his parents divorced and he had to take over all the major digging in the garden and his mum did the planting.

He now lives on Waiheke on a 850 m section and produces food in abundancy to feed himself and his wife. The beauty of Kens food garden is that he has a wide variety of different fruit and vegetables for the entire year.

The benefit of having your own vegetables and fruit trees in your garden are simple: you know where your food comes from and you don’t spend money on oil to get the food from wherever into your kitchen.

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September: Sunday 29.09.2013

November 3rd, 2011

City chooks – keeping chickens in your backyard:

Start time: 1pm, Duration 1-1.30 hours,

Tutor: Gail Batten
Location:  Epsom
Contribution ; $20.00
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Chickens in the city, with Gail Batten
This is a site visit at Gail’s garden where she will tell us what you need to get started, what they should eat and how to raise your chickens from a fertile egg.  You will learn the guidelines of keeping chickens in the city, tips on housing them and other titbits of information.

This workshop covers:

* Benefits of having chickens
* Housing requirements and rules
* Feeding
* Hatching and rearing
* Health and  wellbeing
* All about eggs
* Miscellaneous and troubleshooting
* Benefits of different breeds
* How to adopted a chicken

About Gail Batten:
When Gail came back from a woofing (working on organic farms) holiday a year ago, she was given some fertilised eggs as a farewell present.  Back in Auckland she managed to borrow a hen from a friend of hers to sit on the eggs. A few weeks later she had baby chicks, a chook house and later lots of eggs for breakfast. In December last year she obtained more fertilised eggs and now the chook house is full of life, eggs and entertainment.

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Events and ongoing classes at the Mt Eden Village Centre

September 30th, 2011

Meet and Hear the Party Candidates, Auckland, 31 October 2011

Ongoing classes and group meetings in the Mt Village Centre:

  • AA Meeting, every Mon, Wed, Fri,  10am – 11.30am,
  • Bollywood dance classes, Tue: 10.30 am-11.30am, starting 1st of October,
  • Church choir, every Thu 7pm-8.30 pm, contact: Justin,
  • Dance classes, every Mon 6.30pm – 10pm,
  • Move to improve – Feldenkrais: every Tue night 7.30pm, Contact; David Sullivan, E;
  • NA meeting, every Fr 12am-1.30pm
  • Tango classes: Wed 7-8pm, Beginners/Intermediate, Contact: Craig Love:
  • Yoga every Thu night, 6-7pm, Contact: Nora Garcia-Mora,E:
  • Yoga classes every Tue and Thu, 9.15am-10.15am
  • Church service, every Sun 9am-12 midday

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Classes and exhibitions at the Mt Eden Village Centre:

July 6th, 2011

The Mt Eden Village Centre opened it’s doors to the community in October last year. This is a wonderful renovated facility for community events such as art exhibitions, workshops, concerts and markets in the heart of our community.

The Village Craft Market is held there every second Saturday of the month.  This month it will be held on the 9th of July from 10am-4pm.

Art exhibitions in July:
“How could we resist?” A travelling mini print exhibition by members of Central Print Council of Aotearoa NZ Inc.  On from 27th  July  – 15th  August 2011.  Exhibit opening on  Tuesday the  26th of  July 2011, 5.30-7.30pm.

Ongoing classes and group meetings in the Mt Village Centre:

  • AA Meeting, every Mo, Wed, Fr, 10am – 11.30am,
  • Church choir practice, every Thu 7pm-8.30 pm,
  • Dance classes, every Mo 6.30pm – 10pm,
  • NA Meeting, every Fr 10am-1.30pm,
  • Pilates, new classes starting Tue 19. 7 , 6pm
  • Feldenkrais new classes starting in August, every Tue, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Yoga classes every Tue and Thu, 9.15am-10.15am,

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