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  • "Sustainable communities ... developing a resilient community through positiveness"

    A bit about me – Lyn Pearson

    I have been an environmentalist ever since I started participating in Forest & Bird activities with my Dad, aged 10.

    I’m proud to live in Whanganui and very involved in both Sustainable Whanganui and Castlecliff Coast Care.

    I’m keen on my permaculture garden.

    I’ve been married to Graham for almost 45 years.

    I have concerns about the world my two grandkids, two great-nieces and one nephew (aged 12 years to 4 months) will grow into.

  • Intro

  • Whanganui stats

  • • Opera School

    • Masters Games

    • Artists Open Studios

    • Vintage Weekend/Caboodle

    • Tira Hoe Waka

    • River Week

    • Observatory

    • Permiculture Weekend

    • Tangata Tiaki

    • River Traders & Farmers Markets (Sat am)

    • Summer Programme (walks & talks)

    • La Fiesta (coinciding with International Women’s Day)

    Whanganui happenings

  • • Environment Base (WhEB) - info source, hub, office, meeting room, planning centre

    • Re-Use Academy - donations of project and craft materials, etc stored and given for donation – upcycle for repurposing

    • Lending library - gardening, beekeeping, insulation and climate change, etc

    • Fruit Trees in Schools - in 2014 planted 53 fruiting plants in 11 school/kura/ECC. Pruning and herbal ley. Local support

    • Adopt-a-Plot - supported community gardens

    • Education on recycling, waste reduction, repurposing, working towards zero waste & gardening



  • • Helps people learn bike

    maintenance skills

    • Always looking for donations of

    bikes to reassemble and sell to

    those who need cheap

    serviceable bikes

    • Happy to repair used bikes

    • Open to the public each Friday

  • Green Bikes could

    offer some positive

    ways to solve

    these dilemmas!

  • • Charitable Trust – collaboration between WDC and Te Runanga o Tupoho in a community partnership.

    • First waste minimisation project where Iwi actively involved from concept to implementation and are equal partners with their local council and community.

    • Significant milestone for the Whanganui Community; adversaries now in an environmental partnership.

    • Flagship for future growth of products diverted from landfill.

    • 500 vehicles a day on average and handles over 2150 tonnes/annum of product that would normally go to landfill.

    • Includes new waste stream “products” of waste oil, green waste, scrap metal, 2nd hand goods, e-waste, tyres and batteries.

    • Education Room – space available for workshops, meetings and courses. Low rent. Being upgraded as is possible.

    • Visited by schools and other groups to learn about nude lunch boxes, etc.

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  • Mark -

    passion for


    wanting to grow

    the best food for



    Treelife Organic


    Melinda & Murray Jones.

    Grafting & budding


    for fruit trees

    Bristol Plants &


    Frank & Joy Bristol.

    Seed producers, grow

    seedlings for market, etc.

    Expertise & facilities local

    community funders

    & philanthropists

    (only outside organisation

    require funding)

    Whanganui Health


    Sharon Duff,

    Distribution of trees, seeds

    and plants throughout

    community and region

    Volunteers and

    mentor gardeners


    advisors Money for


    heritagefoodcrops.org.nz | info@heritagefoodcrops.org.nz

    Shane McCulloch

    Market Gardener

    Mark Christensen - Research Director

  • To create a similar structure you need • People – with motivation, passion and trust

    • Land

    • Start by doing and trying. If it doesn’t work think, and try slightly differently

    • Hunt for the old varieties of food growing in your district.

    Start with second hand goods and gifted seeds • Develop skills to work with nature

    • Listen to older gardeners in your community

    • Learn how to save seeds - start your own Seed Savers Group

    • Record what you and others do, and how

    • Start with what is easiest for you and what you are interested in

    • Don’t try F1 hybrids - find heirloom varieties

    • Heirlooms will be better for you and more disease resistant too!

    • Work towards self sufficiency and food security

    • Buy and sell plants, seeds and produce locally: Farmers Markets

    Mark’s Heritage Food Crops has been developing for about 19 years.

    Now know healthiest apples and tomato varieties

    Working with beans, yams, kumera, dark potatoes, carrots and capsicum now

    Mark believes GE is as big a problem as climate change and it will destroy some of the most fertile land on the planet.

    Remember supermarkets need to truck in deliveries every three days –

    and what happens if they don’t arrive!

  • is a green co-housing project forming in Whanganui 66 Delhi Ave, Aramoho, Whanganui | delhivillage.org.nz

    • Delhi Village - a peaceful 13ha of land on the western side of the Whanganui River.

    • Started about six years ago and houses now appearing.

    • Each family owns 800sqm of land, plus 1/10th of the communal land. Building sites clustered together.

    • Developed community grey-water system and every house to have a composting toilet.

    • Rest of the land for orchards, gardens, firewood growing and grazing sheep and chickens. Steepest land re-clad in native forest.

    • A large woolshed is a meeting space and dry storage for materials and produce.

    • Water for stock from a bore, also available for households needing more water than the rain off their roof.

    • Community decisions made by consensus, usually at the Delhi Village monthly meeting. Delhi Village people know residents of Quaker Acres www.quakersettlement.co.nz : "They have been a big inspiration for us.”

    • Regular working bees held.

  • Riri a Te Hori Wetlands & Maara Kai


    • 66 acre Maori freehold land reserve, opposite Marybank, SH 3.

    • Rich history and archaeological sites.

    • Restored wetland to benefit land, tangata, freshwater conservation and community. Horizons established fish ladder so tuna can travel from here to sea and back.

    • TPK Maara Kai, re-established as community garden where previously cultivated by Bailey family for 40 years.

    • Re-connecting with whenua. Also learning and confidence-building place.

    • Wetlands tucked down below and maara kai in high wind zone with clay and gravel soil. Using rainwater only.

    • Developing area with tool shed, compost toilet and kitchen.

    • Peaceful place to work and visit, progress obvious.

  • • Kim has been in Whanganui for about 10 years & running GO Organic for one.

    • She enjoys it but still works in a health shop two days a week!

    • Likes the people she does business with.

    • Feels she is doing something positive and is always learning.

    • Because Whanganui’s biggest organic grower retired, now half of her produce grown outside the area. But lots of small new gardens are developing.

    • Communication with suppliers and customers by weekly email.

    • Fruit and veg are delivered to her on Thursday morning, then packed and delivered to customers.

    • Kim is a trained herbalist.

    • Kim also writes a monthly health and wellbeing column for one of the free local newspapers.

  • Rachel Rose gives the dirt on how to cope with clay ! • Whanganui’s soil mainly old sand BUT southern side of the Awa is clay,

    where Rachel block is !

    • She harvests rainwater to reduce stormwater.

    • She observed & collected ideas from experts - research.

    • Rachel uses 7 methods of compost; hugelkulture, free standing heaps, worm farm, sheet mulching, special leaf mould heaps (for seed raising mix) & Bokashi for what won't break down.

    • She finds bigger free standing heaps best, soaking dry material in manure slurry 1st.

    • Comfrey & tansy = activators. Wood ash, Bokashi, leaves & animal manures added.

    • She turns the heap & its ready in 3-8 months.

    • What hasn't worked: no-dig sheet composting & compost heaps in situ.

    • She trained with Jodi Roebuck in Taranaki, expert in Grow Biointensive method.

    • Double digging is hard work but worth it.

    • She needed to learn WHEN to dig; don't touch if too wet or too dry; & how to dig !

    • She’s happy to share her knowledge. Her section now looks fu