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.
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.
Working Bee: Ahimate Park
Last Sunday of each month, 10am - midday
Ahimate Park (formerly Waitoetoe Park) Awapuni, Palmerston North 4412
All Welcome, any time between 10am and midday. Meet at the sandwich board at 10, or look for the balloons in the park, along the riverside track.
Work includes weed clearing, tree and shrub releasing, mulching and tree planting. If possible, bring gloves, plastic bucket, etc..
Please supervise children in your care.
For further information, phone Heather on 354 1765 or Jenny on 358 2905
Find the Ahimate Reserve Community on Facebook.
Sharing Garden Working Bee
2nd Saturday of each month, 10:30 - 12:30
Every Monday morning, 10:00 - 12:00
40 Duke St, Feilding, Palmerston North 4702
Join the Transition Feilding team at the Sharing Garden for a working bee. The Sharing Garden is located on the corner of North and Duke Street, opposite Feilding High School.
Jobs generally involve weeding, planting and mulching garden beds. There is often a range of things to do, so you can choose one that suits you.Everyone is welcome to join the working bee, for any amount of time.
We don't have any indoor facilities, so we need to come prepared to be out in the hot sun or odd shower of rain. If the weather is really unfavourable, cancellations are notified on the Facebook page.
If you can bring your own garden tools that is helpful, but we also have some to share. If you'd like to contribute but can't join the working bee, a donation of food or refreshments for the workers would be much appreciated. If you'd like to donate plants or other items for the Sharing Garden, these can be left with the caretakers (Trevor and Ellen Witt) at their house over the road from the garden, at 27 Duke Street.
Any changes to the plans will be posted on Transition Feilding's Facebook Page.