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This sum­mer Wai­heke will be host to the in­au­gu­ral Sus­tain­abil­ity Fes­ti­val run by the Wai­heke Re­sources Trust. The or­gan­is­ers would like to see lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike cel­e­brat­ing the Wai­heke way of life, en­joy­ing lo­cally made food, wine and beer, en­gag­ing in prac­ti­cal hands-on learn­ing and find­ing out more about Wai­heke busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions that are al­ready mak­ing pos­i­tive changes to­wards sus­tain­abil­ity. Events dur­ing the fes­ti­val week in­clude film­screen­ings, work­shops (on top­ics such as vegetable gar­den­ing, home cheese mak­ing, keep­ing chooks, re­cy­cled art and crafts, bee­keep­ing and pre­serv­ing foods, youth en­gage­ment and ac­tion on cli­mate change, a pecha kucha (small talks) style evening on lo­cal sus­tain­abil­ity is­sues, a mar­ket day with lo­cal food pro­duc­ers, crafts­peo­ple and lo­cal busi­nesses, in­ter­ac­tive art in­stal­la­tion and bike work­shop. The fes­ti­val will run from Jan­uary 16-22 and more in­for­ma­tion and a full timetable of events can be found at www.wrt.org.nz or on face­book ‘Wai­heke Sus­tain­abil­ity Fes­ti­val’.

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