Environment Network Manawatu is a network of over fifty member organisations that fosters and encourages environmental initiatives in the Manawatu, in areas ranging from sustainable living to wildlife conservation.
The environment faces real and pressing challenges. You can be part of the solution.
- See our diverse range of member groups.
- Check out our monthly newsletter of regional events.
- Watch a 24-minute documentary showcasing the work of our network and member groups.
- Listen to a 30-minute radio interview with ENM.
- Visit a map and list of member group projects.
- Apply for group membership.
- Volunteer for ENM
- Donate to ENM
Plastic Bag Recycling Collective
Every Friday 10am - midday
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom - 22 Harbor Street, Foxton, 4814
This social / creative group develops skills for recycling plastic bags into reusable / sellable goods; condensing them into practical items and creative art pieces; keeping them out of landfills and waterways; reducing the impact plastic bags are having on the environment in our district till we can get them out of the system.
This is a free workshop, all welcome.
Please bring along a sharp pair of scissors. Also bring any unwanted plastic shopping bags, bread bags, fruit and vege bags.
Hosted by Greenheart Hub, a community hub aiming to minimize waste through creativity, educate in sustainable living practices, and promote the arts.
Ashhurst Community Garden Working Bee
Every Friday 10am - midday (weather dependant)
Ashhurst Community Library - Cnr Cambridge & Bamfield Streets, Ashhurst 4810
All welcome - just turn up, the more the merrier.
The first vegetable beds in Ashhurst's Community Garden were planted in 2014. Since then, volunteers have been working away, students on the permaculture course enjoy field trips there and other workshops have helped to create the cob seating. Regular working bees have seen fruit trees planted, bulbs, a rotation of vegetables and plentiful flowers and herbs. These are for the community to enjoy ....and they do! Visitor numbers are growing and the librarians receive many compliments and questions about the gorgeous garden outside the library windows. Plans include more fruit trees, more raised vegetable beds, a pond, water harvesting, seating and a chess table, compost bins, chicken tractors, a glass house, beehives, and more.
To learn more about how to get involved in the garden, contact the RECAP Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina, Incorporated
RECAP is a volunteer-led charitable society for people from Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley who want to:
- build a stronger sense of community,
- care for the living environment and the local ecology, and
- develop new skills and connections that can help make this region sustainable, resilient, and self-reliant.
While RECAP projects are local to Ashhurst and the valley, almost all activities are open to participants from the surrounding region. RECAP networks with similar organisations in nearby areas, including Transition Feilding, Sustainable Rangitikei, and Transition Otaki. As well as being a member of Environment Network Manawatu, they are aligned with the nation-wide organisation Permaculture in New Zealand.
Summer Pruning Workshop
Saturday 23rd February, 10:30am
Olsson Community Orchard, Ashhurst
Facilitated by Ashhurst local Phil Stevens from Slow Farm, this RECAP workshop will focus on the how, why and what of summer pruning and give you the opportunity to get familiar with your loppers, get stuck in and have a go! Shaping, keeping size under control and encouraging fruit production.
Cost: Free. Register here.
Car Boot Sale
Every Saturday Morning 9am - midday.
Continues through Christmas / New Year.
Main Street, Foxton 4814
Come sell your surplus items or find a treasure - second hand goods, crafts, plants - and support a local not-for-profit at the same time.
Stalls are $10, helping to fundraise to cover operating costs for the Wildlife Foxton Trust. The Trust has four main goals:
1. To provide an educational and tourist wildlife centre in Foxton
2. To assist in Foxton’s rejuvenation and tourism planning
3. To help restore the Foxton River Loop
4. To be proactive in ecological causes in the wider region.
Find Wildlife Foxton on Facebook.
Palmerston North's week-long Festival of Cultures kicks off with the famous Lantern Procession on Saturday evening, March 16th.
In the leadup to the procession, Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre creates marvellous lanterns to parade through the streets. This is a chance for anyone and everyone to try their hand at lantern making, using sustainably harvested willow and bamboo. Kids, bring your parents.
All workshops will be held at 46 George St. (the old Urban Charm shop), except for the first one on Sunday February 24th, which is at the Manawatu Chinese Association Hall, 98 Napier Rd.