Recipe for an eco kitchen
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Recipe for an eco kitchen

Custom-made kitchen cabinetry using natural materials may be more expensive up-front, but it’s healthier, long lasting, and won’t end up clogging our landfills like cheaper products. Theresa Sjöquist talks to craftsman cabinetmaker Roland Zander about his business Natural Kitchens, and things to consider in creating more sustainable kitchens. The content below is available with a print or online reader subscription The following content is accessible for members only,…

Low-tech living in a light-earth house
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Low-tech living in a light-earth house

No fridge, doing the laundry by hand, and carting composted humanure around in a wheelbarrow are not everyone’s cup of tea, but for Wolfgang Hiepe and his wife, Sabine Drueckler-Hiepe, it’s a good lifestyle. Theresa Sjöquist finds out why they’ve prioritised resilience and independence over convenience.   Wolfgang and Sabine emigrated from Germany in 1987, full of verve and the…

How to make a charbecue 
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How to make a charbecue 

Sharon Stevens in conversation with Dennis Enright    What could be better than a summer barbie with family, friends, and neighbours?  To Dennis Enright, the answer is obvious: switch out the barbecue for a charbecue. “It’s a lot of fun.”   You’ll still cook up your kai, and you’ll also make biochar (see sidebar). You’ll enjoy the usual social benefits, plus you’ll have a…

The sci-fi world of  targeted GE

The sci-fi world of targeted GE

Dr Heli Matilainen explores the lightning-fast development of targeted genome engineering. We have rapidly entered the era of ‘next generation’ genetic engineering (GE). The revolution in this field is largely due to the development and introduction of targeted genome engineering/modification/editing techniques. These new techniques have been widely adopted in all relevant scientific areas at a…

Rainwater harvesting, part 2: Clean and safe
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Rainwater harvesting, part 2: Clean and safe

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2015 Section: Building and technology Author: Rachel Rose   Part 2: Clean and safe     Typically, how clean is the rainwater being drunk in rural New Zealand? Often, not very. Stan Abbott heads up the Roof Water Harvesting Centre at Massey University. In 2006 Stan and his colleagues tested roof…