Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge: 1.5 tonnes removed from waterways

Manawatū Guardian, November 23 2020

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of the Arohatia Te Kawau programme so far. This spring, over 500 people have been involved in cleaning up Te Kawau Stream and helping to restore its mauri.



Te Manawa to host permaculture workshops for children

Manawatū Guardian, November 2 2020

The garden is filled with amazing bugs that do incredible things, and they're just one level of the ecosystem that permaculture seeks to coexist with. Helen King from RECAP will run this workshop on November 15.

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Photo: Te Manawa educator Kirsty Porter with a 'bug hotel' in Te Manawa garden.


Eco-friendly 'living cemeteries' on the cards for Manawatū

Manawatū Standard, October 21 2020

The Manawatū District Council is planning to trial offering non-traditional natural burial options. This was prompted by a proposal from the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust to create a “living cemetery” next to the community’s traditional cemetery. A growing number of people are considering natural burial over traditional burial methods, which can have a detrimental effect on the environment.


Robert Kitchin / Stuff: Manawatū District Council is planning to trial natural burials in Feilding, potentially starting in late 2021.


Volunteers muck in to free Palmerston North streams from litter

Manawatū Standard, September 21 2020

Small armies of Palmerston North residents have been trudging through city parks and streams cleaning up litter - a total of 320kg has been picked up recently. Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge co-ordinator Heather Knox said that many people did not see drains and streams as an important part of the environment; that litter is washed through the stormwater system and goes on to affect the Manawatū River.

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Urban fruit trees being harvested in the Manawatū

Manawatū Guardian, August 21 2020

Community Fruit Harvest Manawatū pick excess produce from urban fruit trees, including people's backyards, and distribute it to local foodbanks, Just Zilch, Eat Up NZ, schools and sharing shelves. If you have fruit to donate, please contact Debra on 027 330 3312.  The group are also on the lookout for a couple of sturdy ladders. Get in touch with Debra if you can help.fruit.jpg

Photo: "Don't let your fruit go to waste," says Community Fruit Harvest co-ordinator Debra Wynn. "We will come and pick it for you and distribute it to the community."


Clearing Te Kawau stream of plastic and rubbish

Manawatū Guardian, August 17 2020

Te Kawau flows across the city from Colquhoun Park on JFK Drive, to meet the Manawatū River in Awapuni. It's often thought of as a drain rather than a stream, and few people know its name. Join Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge and work towards restoring our urban waterways.



Wildbase Recovery - where it's a good day if there's nothing to see

NZ Herald Local Focus, June 13, 2020

it's a good sign when the enclosures at the Wildbase Recovery Centre are empty - it means the wildlife has been released back into its natural habitat.



Discover the Ruahine Forest Park with Ruahine whio protectors

Manawatū Guardian, March 13, 2020


Whio are still found in the Ruahine Forest Park. Ruahine Whio Protectors will lead a short tramp on Sunday March 29 to show the predator trapping that is being done to protect this rare native species.


Environmental groups boxed in for lack of space
February 12, 2020

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STUFF:  Green Corridors (pictured) are one of Environment Network Manawatū's 55 member groups. This is one of many projects throughout the region, but the co-ordination happens in two tiny rooms on the third floor of an inner-city building that the public cannot see.


International students help protect Manawatū waterways

January 30, 2020

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MURRAY WILSON/STUFF: Kyung Hee University student Zarina Kuanush, left, looks for rubbish, while class-mate Giselle Lam and city councillor Brent Barrett search a drainage reserve off Napier Rd.

The business and administration students are visiting Massey University campuses, and while in Palmerston North they took part in the Palmy Plastic Pollution Challenge, organised by Environmental Network Manawatū.


Give it a go: Taking the fight to pests with the Ruahine Whio Protectors

December 26, 2019


JONO GALUSZKA/STUFF. Ruahine Whio Protectors chairwoman Janet Wilson explains how a self-resetting trap works.


Pen recycling scheme helps Just Zilch food charity

December 15, 2019

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DAVID UNWIN/STUFF.  Just Zilch director Rebecca Culver wants your old pens so they can be recycled to raise money for the food charity.


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Manawatū Guardian, November 11 2020

Fairy doors will be decorated and painted by children aged 7-13. Behind each tiny door, painted rocks can be left for the fairies and rock hunters. Clues about the rock locations are shared on social media, including the popular Palmy Rocks. The Foxton Menzshed have an agreement with the fairies to build and maintain their new doors.




RECAP Permaculture Garden Festival Tour in Ashhurst and Pohangina

Manawatū Guardian, October 25 2020

Discover, learn and enjoy local gardening enthusiasm and experience through a self guided tour of permaculture-based properties and businesses in Ashhurst and Pohangina on October 31. There will be over a dozen properties and projects to view, the opportunity to attend short workshops, and the hospitality and ingenuity of ethical locally-focused businesses to experience.

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Manawatū man to walk length of North Island for charity fundraiser

Manawatū Standard, October 13 2020

Theo Geerlings has been a volunteer for Just Zilch Free Store for the past two years and on Monday he started a length-of-the-North-Island walk to raise money for the Palmerston North charity. You can donate to the Givealittle page: Theo walks for food rescue.

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Reserve defenders resist housing plans for prominent site

Manawatū Standard, August 21 2020

ENM and the Railway Land Action Group are questioning whether the Huia St. Reserve should have its reserve status removed, and be used for housing. Most submitters to the Palmerston North City Council's consultation say no...



Planting in Rangitīkei on site of biodiversity significance

Manawatū Guardian, August 3 2020

Horizons Regional Council, Rangitikei District Council, Department of Conservation, Forest & Bird, the farmer / landowner, iwi and other interested locals had a community planting day to plant 4000 natives, to fill a significant gap in the bush in the Betty Tripe Reserve north of Marton.tripe.jpg


Use Covid lessons to give the environment a break, council urged

Manawatū Standard, May 11, 2020

The pathway to recovery after COVID-19 provides opportunities to do better for the environment - work that many of ENM's member groups are already doing.


Environmental group Extinction Rebellion Manawatū has held regular protests outside the Palmerston North City Council building.


Kō te hekenga nui ō ngā manu: Little godwit prepares for great journey

Manawatū Guardian, March 4, 2020


The bartailed godwit or kuaka, and other migratory birds, will soon be setting off on their great journey. The Manawatū Estuary Trust invites the public to come to the viewing platform at Foxton Beach on Saturday March 14 to farewell them. Kō te hekenga nui ō ngā manu - It is the great journey of the birds.


Lantern Festival will light up Palmerston North at Festival of Cultures
January 31, 2020


Manawatū Guardian: REACT's Bridgette Murphy and Jim Richards work on one of their famous giant lanterns, in preparation for the parade on February 29.


Locals celebrate their awa at the Manawatū River Festival
January 27, 2020

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Manawatū Guardian: Children dance at Te Oranga o te Awa – Manawatū River Improvement Festival in 2018. This year's festival was held on February 1st. Hosted by the Manawatū River Leaders' Forum, made up of iwi/hapū, local government, industry, farming, environmental and recreational leaders, all working together to improve our River. (Manawatū Guardian)


Foxton's Greenheart Hub moves into growing vege plants and flowers

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Horowhenua Chronicle: Greenheart Hub were busy in 2019, establishing waste plastic reuse, a community garden and seedling nursery, and other sustainable living activities. They will be reopening on Friday 17 January, with seedlings and reused plastic items for sale, and opportunities for community involvement. (Horowhenua Chronicle)


Environment group wishes people a waste-less Christmas

December 22, 2019


WARWICK SMITH/STUFF.  Karen Tutt from Environment Network Manawatu made Christmas stars from product wrappers and old posters as part of a festive mission against waste.