Saturday 8th May 10.00- 11.00: Growing Point workshop. Measuring brix levels as an indicator of plant health. This is a great way to understand what the sugar levels in your plants are doing which indicates the health of your soil. We’ll suggest ways you can wake up your soil food web to then grow nutrient dense food. Please share with your friends and family who might be interested.
Sunday 30th May 10.30- 12.30 pruning working bee followed by…
12.30- 2pm shared wood fired pizza. BYO topping and drinks.
It’ll be great to see some of you at the garden, nau mai, haere mai.
The sooner we fix this city’s transport system so that it’s quiet, sustainable and safe so our kids get their freedom to walk, scooter and cycle, the sooner we start to reap the benefits of more socially connected communities and more healthy, active people. There are some good projects in the plan. As usual, it fails to deliver cycling infrastructure at anything like the rate required, and it fails to reduce emissions in line with our commitments.
The plan proposes investments that will increase emissions by 6% by 2031 (or decrease them by 12% if government makes policy changes around biofuels and EV uptake):
Auckland Council, on the other hand, laid out in the Auckland Climate Plan that a 64% reduction in transport emissions is required, and the 1Point5 Project believes Auckland’s transport must be largely decarbonized by 2030.
In this post, I want to explore Auckland Transport’s technical misunderstandings that have contributed to this failure.
The closing date/time for submissions on the Climate Action is this Friday March 28, presumably midnight. The Government Climate Change Commission (CCC) submission form is very simple (much easier than the Auckland Council one), people can either fill in some/all of the spaces under any one or all of the six headings as following:
The Pace of Change
Role and Type of Forest
Policy Priorities to Reduce Emissions
Technology and Behaviour Change
Here is a template from the Greens – if you would like some ideas. Or you could write a simple general submission and send it directly to Dr Rod Carr, Chair of the CCC.
Because the government submission form has a special designation of “Young Person” a member of our group has sent in her 7 year old granddaughter’s thoughts (all her own she assures us ;>) on what we need to do to help the climate:
Stop creating rubbish (Last year she went on a school trip to the city rubbish dump & it affected her greatly!)
No more cars/buses/trucks that use petrol – change to electric
Use solar and wind power for factories
Don’t cut down trees – plant more trees
Make toys for kids out of re-usable materials, like wood
Use paper cups and straws and wooden spoons at parties, not plastic (and no balloons, because they are plastic and when you let them go, the fish eat them and they die)
Even if all you do is to ask
your children/grandchildren their thoughts, and just put only those into the
form, you will be taking some action on behalf of the planet in this way.
Please do something – it takes such a tiny
amount of time.
Sunday 14th March 2pm – 4pm: Growing Point workshop, how to make a static pile compost. A fun and hands on workshop where you’ll learn how to utilise your garden trimmings and weeds to minimise waste and increase your soils fertility by feeding the soil food web.
Despite the weather threatening raining us out, we had a lovely working bee and shared kai pizza on Sunday. We braved the weather and the oven put through 27 pizzas, thanks to Countdown Pt Chev for the bases, cheese and sauce – please see photos below the calendar.
This week we have 3 sessions:
9.30 -12.30 working bee
5-7pm working bee with shared kai BBQ (last for 2020 weather dependent)
At the end of a tumultuous year 2020 we came together for another kai tahi on 11 November at the Community Center in Point Chev. Again, the food was delicious with hot baked beans, couscous and herbs, a tasty spinach/asparagus salad, heaps of guacamole and fruit salad. After a yummy dinner and tidy up we retreated to our monthly meeting discussing our Mission Statement for Transition Town Point Chevalier which we would like to review on our last meeting of this year on 9 December – we hope you can make it!