Savings pools
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Savings pools

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2016 Section: Features Author: Frith Chamberlain Frith Chamberlain outlines a system that uses money in a fair and reciprocal way. In November 2015 I had the pleasure of attending New Zealand’s first national ‘savings pool’ hui. This was held in beautiful Opotiki and hosted by the wonderfully talented team at the Awhi Tautoko Trust…

Local food and seed in Aotearoa NZ
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Local food and seed in Aotearoa NZ

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2016 Section: Features Author: Rebecca Reider and Robina McCurdy In 2012 and 2013, a team of New Zealand permaculture educators hit the road for an ambitious teaching and filming tour: the Localising Food Project. They found a bounty of creative organising across Aotearoa, and captured the stories of 250 different local food initiatives…

Crop Swap Taranaki
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Crop Swap Taranaki

Franziska von Hünerbein writes about a movement that’s about sharing excess produce, community connection, and so much more. It all began with a tree, a big lemon tree full of bright juicy fruit. There it was, radiating beauty and offering abundance – unfortunately not to us, as it was growing in a neighbour’s garden down…

How to create a GE-free zone
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How to create a GE-free zone

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2013 Section: Community Author: Zelka Grammer Zelka Grammer encourages you to press for a GE-free zone in your city, region or district Gardeners, beekeepers, seed savers, foresters, orchardists, organic growers and consumers: you know what’s at stake. GE experiments and releases present serious risks to our biosecurity, unique biodiversity, primary producers,…

A guide to organic education in New Zealand
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A guide to organic education in New Zealand

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2011 Section: Features Author: Bridget Freeman Rock Bridget Freeman Rock reviews the organic education options available in New Zealand Many Organic NZ readers are hungry for practical skills and further knowledge of organics, and with a range of courses, workshops and educational experiences to choose from in New Zealand and abroad…

Safe food storage: healthy options for food packaging and storage
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Safe food storage: healthy options for food packaging and storage

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2010 Section: Features Author: Kyra Xavia Kyra Xavia investigates at the health risks of plastic used for food packaging and storage, and offers suggestions for healthy alternatives Plastic pervades every area of our life. Unfortunately it also permeates our body where it does not belong. As consumers we assume packaging materials…

Power-down pioneer
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Power-down pioneer

Organic NZ Magazine: July/August 2009 Section: Communities Author: Joseph Dougherty Joseph Dougherty introduces Ted Howard, a champion of ‘powering down’, of social change directed at encouraging greater sustainability. Ted Howard is an inspiring example of how someone can make the transition away from a fossil-fuelpowered lifestyle. He runs two businesses: a permaculture gardening business and…