Kia ora Waiheke 

For some parts of New Zealand, summer has already drawn to a close, but for us lucky Waihekeans, we continue to enjoy warm days, a long harvest from the vege garden and dips in our beautiful coastal waters. And, it is down on the beaches that the action has been taking place lately as we ventured out with excited school kids to begin this years Marine Education Initiative, a project empowering our rangatahi to take action for their marine environment. Project lead, Kristin Busher, talks more about this later in the newsletter. 

We have lots of dates for your diary in this update, not least Neighbours Day which we are introducing to Waiheke for the first time on Sat 17th - Sun 18th April 2021, with support from Waiheke Local Board. If you're keen to get to know your neighbours and be a more connected community, you can be in with a chance of winning a $200 food voucher to get the party started in your street. Read on to find out how.

We always like to hear your views and suggestion on the work we are doing to help Waiheke become a more sustainable and socially-connected community, so don't forget to come and see us every Friday from 1pm-3pm at the Kai Conscious Café lunch, down here at the Sustainability Centre in Oneroa. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal for a Koha, find out all our news and tell us what you've been up to on Waiheke Island.

Ngā mihi nui,
WRT Team
Find out what we've been up to and see how you could become more involved in our work. 
Learning in an underwater classroom

The Marine Education Initiative (MEI), a project managed by the Waiheke Resources Trust and funded by the Waiheke Local Board, kicked off for 2021 last week. School students explored Enclosure Bay from Maunga to Moana conducting a 'Bio-blitz' where they recorded all the species they found whilst snorkelling, exploring the rocky shore using the 'Marine Meter Squared' (Mm2) monitoring technique and native tree and macroinvertebrate identification in Mackenzie Reserve. An added bonus this year was that the biodiversity in the bay was up from last year with some lucky students even spotting an Eagle Ray. WRT's Kristin Busher leads the MEI project with partners Waiheke Dive and Snorkel and Sustainable Schools. “What’s next for the project? Students workshop with their teachers about what is important to them about their oceans and streams and what issues they may be facing. We will then connect them with experts in these areas so they can learn more and decide on a student lead action that they will be taking in term three,” said Kristin. MEI is in its third year and is a hugely successful and popular learning opportunity for students.
Find out more about MEI
Neighbours Day Waiheke | $200 food voucher draw
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th April
 | Street parties

Waiheke Resources Trust is running Neighbours Day, with support from the Waiheke Local Board, for the first time on the Island and we've added our own Zero Waste theme.

We are encouraging Waiheke households to host an event for their neighbours. This could be a picnic on the lawn, a BBQ in the back yard or pizza and chips on the deck. The important thing is that the event is hosted by neighbours for neighbours and introduces you to new people. These mini events forge connections that help to create year-round supportive actions and friendly, safer communities. Be part of a national network of events and everyday activities that bring people together in their neighbourhoods and learn about Zero Waste at the same time.

If you're keen to get to know your neighbours, be in with a chance of winning a $200 food voucher to get the party started in your street. Entries for the draw for vouchers can be submitted on our website and close on Sunday 28 March, so be quick! Enter now 

Compost, it's so hot right now!

WRT's new CarbonCycle Composter is up and running on our newly-leveled and beatified entrance to WRT's offices. On Monday, we were visited by Richard Wallis who invented the system. Richard added the finishing touches to our stylish unit which can be used for traditional cold composting or hot composting. Richard says he designed The CarbonCycle Composter to be "more durable, more sustainable, better looking, more efficient and more adaptable than any other composter available." It's also rat-proof. We're looking forward to putting it through its paces with scraps from the Kai Conscious Café and if you'd like to know more about this, or any other composting system, get in touch
Zero Waste - coming to an event near you:
Onetangi Beach Races | Sunday 28 March
Waiheke Jazz Festival | 2 - 5 April (Easter) 
Community Picnic  | Saturday 10 April

We're looking for volunteers to help support our Zero Waste stands at these popular Waiheke Island events. If you're thinking of heading down to any of these, we'd love a helping pair of hands to reduce waste and make sure as much waste is recycled and composted as we can. Register your interest
FREE Septic Tank Health Workshop
Monday 29 March | 6pm to 8pm
Palm Beach Hall | Bokashiu Bin and Ecostore spot prizes

Join Craig Brown from CBC Wastewater, Sylvia Hubbard from Greenacres Waiheke and Nathalya Larson from Waiheke Resources Trust to learn more about the type of onsite wastewater system you have, how to maintain it yourself, and how to make changes at home to increase the health of your tank and avoid expensive system failures. To register or for more details email or call 09 372 2915
Community Picnic
Saturday 10 April 2021 | 2pm - 5pm
Matapana Reserve, Palm Beach

The community picnic hosted by WRT and supported by Waiheke Collective, Waiheke Local Board and Seaweek is back for another round. Bring your friends, family and a picnic to Matapana Reserve, Palm Beach for an afternoon of waterways discovery. There will be Kelp Gardeners, weeding workshops, Waiheke Marine Project, stalls, games, live music and more! For further information, Contact us.
The breakdown on good bugs 
Saturday 17 April | 9am - 3pm
Double workshop bananza | Sustainability Centre
10 Bokashi bin spot prizes

Attend a joint composting and septic tank workshop and be in to win one of ten Bokashi composting systems. We have partnered with Te Korowai o Waiheke to deliver a comprehensive workshop where you can learn about creating nutritious compost in rat-proof containers to limit food supply to these predators of native birds.
In the afternoon we shed light on the best ways to maintain your septic wastewater system that can save you money and protect the environment.
Be in with a change to win a prize by attending both workshops. Register your place and enjoy a fun and educational day with the WRT team at the Sustainability Centre. Lunch is provided by Tacos y Masa. To register, or for more information, email: or call 09 372 2915.
Kai Conscious Cafe | Koha Every Friday | 11pm - 3pm | Sustainability Centre, Oneroa

Climate Change - have your say!
There's still time to make your submission to the Climate Change Commission 2021 Draft Advice for Consultation. To read the document, click here. To make your submission, click here. Consultation closes on Sunday 28 March.
Love Food Hate Waste
There's a reason why we do what we do at Kai Conscious. The team at Love Food Hate Waste have produced some compelling statistics in a visual about food waste in New Zealand. If we replicated WRT's Waiheke Island food rescues, redistribution and composting efforts in all our communities, we could be looking at an environmental sensation instead of a scandal. 
Find out more about being Kai Conscious  | | 09 372 2915
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