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
Art and Craft with recycled materials
Saturday 21 September 1-3pm
Te Manawa, 326 Main St Palmerston North
With "Creative Conservation" for their motto, Upcycling Club 1 aims to help people create something beautiful and useful using recycled materials. They also use natural resources such as soil, plants, stones, dried ﬂowers, leaves, feathers, etc.. Participants not only enjoy opportunities for arts and craft, but also they learn about conservation and environmental issues. Workshops are free to all participants. Everyone is welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Activities have seasonal themes, such as Halloween and Christmas decorations.
Welcome the Birds
Saturday 19 October 1pm
Dawick St., Foxton Beach
Come to the Manawatū Estuary to welcome the migratory birds back from their summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Members of the Manawatū Estuary Trust will be meeting by the viewing platform at the end of Dawick Street (off Seabury Avenue).
The estuary provides habitat for birds from the Arctic, but also species that travel South to North within New Zealand. One of the threatened native species that relies on the Estuary is the Wrybill. At last count there were fewer than 4,000 of these birds left; at least 1% of that population live at the Manawatū Estuary.
The viewing platform gives unique viewing and photographic opportunities, with close proximity to the birds. Spotting scopes allow people to take a closer look.
Find the Manawatu Estuary Trust on Facebook.
Workshop: Ashhurst’s Plastic Pollution Challenge
Saturday 19 October October 2-4pm
Ashhurst Village Valley Centre, 21 Guildford St, Ashhurst.
Palmy' Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) was piloted over the last year, collecting and analysing litter from 40 waterway sites around the city to establish the extent of the problem. Results were astonishing and disturbing, but a catalyst for the beginning of some positive change.
In this workshop hosted by RECAP Inc., Dr Heike Schiele, PPPC Lead for Manawatu River Source to Sea and Co-chairperson of Environment Network Manawatu, will share findings and solutions. We will explore how and if Ashhurst wants to discover the extent of the problem in its own backyard and work towards positive behaviour changes that will make our village and its waterways healthier for future generations.
What is RECAP?
The Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina, Incorporated
- 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.
Lit Night Bike Ride
Saturday 19 October
He Ara Kotahi Cycle/Walkway Palmerston North to Linton
Rangiwahia Environmental Arts (REACT) are working on a Lit Bike Ride over He Ara Kotahi. An all-ages, all-wheel event is planned - skateboards, scooters, wheelchairs, bicycles, wheelbarrows, buggies . . .
REACT are hosting a series of FREE workshops from 1-12 October for community participants to design and build their own creation to be lit for display on the ride. Details of these are on this calendar.
They are looking for any individuals or groups who would either like to participate in creating lit pieces, or assist in workshop delivery or hosting.
Community involvement is key to an enjoyable event. REACT are keen to collaborate with any groups who would like be be involved in any way - these could be static or dynamic performances on the route. All suggestions keenly received!
Working Bee: Timona Park Orchard
Timona Park, Feilding (Simon St. end, behind wetlands)
The Timona Park Orchard Trust exists to encourage community involvement in the growth of fruit trees for the benefit and enjoyment of residents and visitors. It aims to promote the benefits of sustainable, healthy eating, and to help relieve poverty by making fresh fruit and nuts available, and to protect native flora and fauna in the surroundings of the orchard.
Please contact prior if you wish to attend a working bee, by phoning 06 357 4939 or emailing email@example.com.