Wanaka Film Festival

Wao Aotearoa is holding its second Film Festival this May in Wānaka, from the 9 to the 12th.
This year’s lineup of films ranges from a deep dive into the micro beauty of life on this planet to addressing some of the biggest issues we’re facing. We will be showcasing a carefully curated selection of award-winning films and short documentaries that are set to inspire a deep connection with the natural world and positive transformations. More information and the full programme of the Wanaka Festival can be found here.

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Date

9 May to 12 May 2024

9AM to 7PM

Host

WAO Wanaka

Event Location

Wanaka Community Hub

Address

34 McDougall Street
Wanaka
9305

Phone

034432071

Cost

149

Booking

Use the booking link below

Russell – Six Inches of Soil Screening & Discussion

Local discussion panel after screening of documentary Six Inches of Soil

Organic, regenerative and supply chain issues.

Date

3 May 2024

7PM to 9PM

Host

Cinema Kororareka

Event Location

Town Hall

Address

17 The Strand
Russell
0202

Phone

021 209 2057

Cost

15

Booking

No booking required, just turn up on the day

Blessings on the Earth

Explore ritual, connection and gratitude with the earth in this expansive afternoon.

Over the course of our time together we will embrace the interconnectedness of everything, by creating nature mandalas, dropping into states of presence, and partake in a biodynamic preparation 500 stir and spread – an incredibly connected blessing ritual for the earth.

The ritual will include heating rainwater slowly over natural means, adding the potent preparation, and stirring for one hour in community with intention, connection and reverence for all that is around us and within us. We will then proceed to spread the preparation out onto the land, blessing the earth.

Biodynamic preparation 500 is a living substance which is an incredible gift to and from the cosmos. It helps build soil structure, stimulates microbial activity and the formation of humus, assists in root development to greater depths, improves absorption and retention of water in the soil and begins to bring overall ecological balance. It is made using fresh cow manure buried in cow horns in fertile soils through autumn and winter, transforming it into a potent and fertile preparation for the earth in a deep act of gratitude.

Everyone is welcome, no matter where you are on your journey.

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Your guide for this unfolding will be Monique Macfarlane from Natural Wisdom. Over the course of this lifetime, Monique has explored many different modalities such as biodynamics, planting by the moon, nature communication, maramataka, cyclical living for women, somatic experiencing, classical tantra, non-violent communication and photography.

An avid lover of food, the land called her home seven years ago, and she is based on eight hectares that is certified organic, and co-created with biodynamic, regenerative agriculture, holistic grazing and no-till principles. A small market garden, young orchard, beloved cows, chooks, agroforestry, and regenerative wilding areas of native bush will be our playground for this experience.

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Special thanks to Kete Ora Trust and Anthroposophical Society New Zealand, this free event is part of a series in Autumn / Winter 2024 after Monique attended the international Agriculture Conference in February 2024 at the Goetheanum in Switzerland.

Introducing the Kete Ora Trust

The aim of the Kete Ora Trust is simple – to grow a better Aotearoa. Over the past 25 years, Kete Ora has funded a range of education and research projects for biodynamic, organic and regenerative land use. Kete Ora is an independent registered charity and is proud to have invested 100% of its investors’ donations into programmes that are helping to future-proof land-use, communities, the environment and climate. The Trust welcomes enquiries for funding, or for donations that will help further its work.

Email the Trust at for more information.

Sauerkraut Fermenting Workshop

Excited to be hosting this hands-on Sauerkraut fermenting workshop in store here at Brown Owl Organics Inc. on the evening of Thursday May 2nd as part of Organic Week NZ!!
You will discover the art of making your own probiotic-rich sauerkraut. You will be guided through the step-by-step process while gaining valuable tips and tricks for achieving optimal flavour.
Sauerkraut is incredibly nutritious and healthy. It provides probiotics, lots of vitamin C and vitamin K2, which are known for their health benefits, and many other nutrients. Eating sauerkraut may help strengthen your immune system and improve your digestion. The regular consumption of small quantities of fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, is believed to reduce your risk of certain diseases.
Get ready to roll up your sleeves, connect with fellow enthusiasts and leave with your very own jar of homemade organic sauerkraut!
You will receive:
* A 500g jar of organic sauerkraut ready to take home and ferment
* Hands-on guidance through the prepping process
* Detailed instructions
* Dee’s expertise from many years of fermenting
* Post-course support
* Tasting of Dee’s homemade sauerkraut
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore the world of fermentation.
$45. Spaces are limited! Reserve your spot today by messaging Dee on 021 238 6834.
Attendees please bring along a large bowl, sharp knife and chopping board.

Date

2 May 2024

6PM

Host

Brown Owl Organics

Event Location

197 Ranolf Street

Address

Glenholme
Rotorua
3010

Cost

45

Booking

No booking required, just turn up on the day

Whanganui – Permaculture Farm Tour

Farm Tours 21st April 1-5 pm
1-3: Permaculture on a Small Block.
Walking tour through zones 1-3 including annual gardens, hot composting, orchards, managing fowl, drainage and swales, hugelkultur, potting shed and plant nursery. Mostly flat.
3-5: Permaculture on a Large Block.
Walking tour of zones 3-5 including goat management, kune kune pigs, erosion control, drains, planting poplars and willows, bush restoration, wetland restoration, riparian corridor. Requires walking down and up hills.

Date

21 April 2024

1PM to 5PM

Host

The Eco School

Event Location

Eco School Farm

Address

223 No. 2 Line
Okoia
Whanganui
4572

Phone

06 344 5013

Booking

No booking required, just turn up on the day

Whanganui – Family Fun & Planting Day

Family Fun & Planting Day 20th April
1-4 pm. Join us for a fun family day on the farm exploring, playing and planting native trees to protect te whenua and Te Awa Tupua

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Date

20 April 2024

1PM to 4PM

Host

Eco School

Event Location

Eco School

Address

223 No. 2 Line
Okoia
Whanganui
4572

Phone

06 344 5013

Booking

No booking required, just turn up on the day

Community Planting Day

🌱 Join us for a Community Planting Day at our Manutuke Vineyard on Saturday, May 4th from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. FREE event!
As part of celebrating Organic Week, we’re dedicating this event to promoting sustainable practices and fostering a deeper connection with nature.
We’re excited to finalize our planting area next to the salt marsh waterway, and we’d love your help to make it happen.
Families are more than welcome to join in on the fun! Bring your spade or shovel, gloves, and plenty of enthusiasm. After all the hard work, we’ll reward ourselves with delicious pizzas to share and celebrate our efforts. 🍕
Don’t forget to RSVP so we can prepare accordingly : https://www.trybooking.com/nz/RWK
For more information and bookings, contact us at or give us a ring at 027 656 8222.
Let’s come together as a community and make a positive impact on our surroundings!
See you there! 🌳

Date

4 May 2024

2PM to 4PM

Host

Wrights Vineyard and Winery

Event Location

Gisborne

Address

1093 Wharerata Road
Gisborne
4072

Phone

0276568222

Cost

free

Booking

Please register via email

Te Awamutu – Six Inches of Soil Screening + Discussion

Lively panel discussion on local organic farming & supply chain, regenerative farming, and issues raised in the movie, achieving land care and remediation, while still providing an income for farmers.
Six Inches of Soil feature documentary from United Kingdom.
Event in upstairs cinema only. Overflow screening only in downstairs cinema, move upstairs once the movie finishes.

Date

1 May 2024

6PM to 8PM

Host

Regent Theatre

Event Location

The Theatre Beautiful

Address

235 Alexandra Street
Te Awamutu
3800

Phone

027 290 5710

Cost

18

Booking

Use the booking link below

Hokitika – Six Inches of Soil Screening & Discussion

Feature documentary and discussion panel on local organics & regenerative farming.

How can local market gardening get going in Hokitika’s lush soil, with keen gardeners, ample land owners, and supplying local weekly veggie boxes?

Date

5 May 2024

5PM to 7PM

Host

Hokitika Regent

Event Location

Theatre

Address

23 Weld Street
Hokitika
7810

Phone

03 755 8101

Cost

18

Booking

Use the booking link below

Takaka – Six Inches of Soil Screening & Discussion Panel

Documentary followed by discussion panel. Issues from the movie – farming by next generation of farming families.

Local Organic farming & supply in Takaka.

What is not yet grown & offered in Takaka, but could be with some connections made at this event.

Waimate – Six Inches of Soil Screening and Discussion Panel

Documentary and discussion panel.
Regenerative and organic farming issues, sustainability, economics.
Discussion on local organic farming & supplies & schemes.

Date

5 May 2024

5PM to 7PM

Host

Waimate Regent Theatre

Event Location

Cinema

Address

cnr Shearman & Slee St
Waimate
7924

Phone

none

Cost

18

Booking

No booking required, just turn up on the day

Akaroa – Six Inches of Soil Screening and Discussion Panel

Feature documentary, followed by panel & audience discussion on the issues the movie brings up, and how organics and regenerative can be further enhanced in Akaroa.

Plenty of good soil, plenty of tourists hungry for top quality premium fare. Can we provide more local premium produce? Who’s got a not-too-steep paddock that suits fresh veggies? Who would like to grow on it? Which local celebrity chefs & hotels would order plenty each week? Can those trucks from Christchurch go back with a load rather than empty?

What +1 generation children on family farms are inspired by this movie to take action?

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Date

7 May 2024

6PM to 8PM

Host

Ethels Cinema, Café & Bar

Event Location

Cinema

Address

4 Selwyn Avenue
Akaroa
7520

Phone

03 304 7777

Cost

20

Booking

Use the booking link below
Thanks to Marx Design for their contribution to Organic Week 2023