Cash for Containers: NZ should have a cash for containers scheme to control drink packaging waste and encourage greater recycling. People pay a small deposit on the container when they buy drinks and get this back when the container is recycled.
Food Rescue Northlandis a proposed initiative to redistribute surplus, healthy and nutritious food’ from food retailers to community groups. It will provide community groups with a wide range of food, free of charge, thus maximising their limited resources on providing valuable services to those in need - and will also reduce food waste.
A recent feasibility study by a Northland DHB Public Health Registrar, overwhelming evidence determined that a food rescue service was a necessity in Whangarei and the wider Northland region. It also identified a lack of perishable foods, such as fruit and vegetables, followed by diary and meat, were being distributed by existing channels.
A partnership has been formed between One Double Five Whare Awhina Community House, Northland District Health Board, Te Puawaitanga Marae, Pehiaweri Marae, and Whangarei District Council to establish this Food Rescue Organisation in Northland. The service will increase food security and reduce waste by being the link between the food industry and those that support people in need.
The plan is to have the service established mid-2017, pending funding allocation, starting locally in Whangarei. Once the processes and systems are proven to be robust and reliable this will extended Northland wide.
A One Stop Shop website is being developed to facilitate the donation/receiving of food, donation of funds time. In the meantime, if you wish to assist to support the project in any way, please contact Carol Peters, One Double Five Whare Awhina Community House on 09 437 0185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutukaka Plastic Free:Glenn and Janey live on the stunningly beautiful Tutukaka Coast - many call it paradise. But there is a problem in paradise which is shared with the rest of our planet and it’s one that will only get worse unless we all do something about it: Plastic, or more precisely – single use plastic.
The Ocean is fast becoming a plastic soup. As a coastal community we are on the front line of this worldwide catastrophe and can’t allow this dangerous cycle to continue indefinitely. Our wish for the New Year is to see the Tutukaka Coast Plastic Free. Check out their website – https://oceanspirit.org/ or FB pages Tutukaka Coast; Just-Pick-It-Up; Ocean-Spirit for their launch video
A great initiative to support Plastic Bag Free Northland – after all we are a coastal region – lets show the way.
A New Economy – Documentary Trailer. Big things happen when humanity is at the core of business. A New Economy is a feature documentary that asks, Can cooperation save the world? https://vimeo.com/161668374
“Economics of Happiness” Powerful – share this with your contacts – if they only watch this one documentary, the ‘penny may drop’. The new abridged version says it all – we have to return to local sustainable economics to achieve happiness https://youtu.be/pyQaUDLW6ts
“Hot Air – The Politics of Climate Change in NZ” DVD We have recently donated this DVD to Whangarei Library.
“Disobedience”the new film about the global movement to break free from fossil fuels - available free at watchdisobedience.com . The film is a powerful journey, featuring Break Free organisers preparing to mobilize for major global actions to keep fossil fuels in the ground. The movement is growing in size and courage. Join thousands of people across the planet in Break Free actions
Small Farms Co-operating, Northland - Four Season’s Farms have developed a creative way of several small farms working together as a group. Very interesting. You probably already know of them but if not, their website has more info at: http://www.fourseasons-farms.com