Sus­tain­able Back­yards com­ing to Hawke’s Bay

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to set up a worm farm, learn about eco­log­i­cal restora­tion or see how birds are res­cued in Hawke’s Bay then you are in for a treat.

Sus­tain­able Back­yards is a month-long pro­gramme that high­lights, cel­e­brates and sup­ports the range of en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives run by in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out Hawke’s Bay, says pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Jake Brookie.

The pro­gramme is or­gan­ised by the Environment Cen­tre Hawke’s Bay, with 38 events part of Sus­tain­able Back­yards 2018.

“Com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion in­creases our col­lec­tive im­pact for the environment,” says Environment Cen­tre man­ager Marielle Haringa, who brought Sus­tain­able Back­yards to Hawke’s Bay.

Sus­tain­able Back­yard’s mis­sion is to con­nect peo­ple with the environment and in­spire them to learn more about it.

There are also plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn how to live sus­tain­ably by adopt­ing al­ter­na­tives to plas­tics and dis­pos­able prod­ucts. Some events will be held at the Environment Cen­tre’s new premises at 1004 Karamu Road, Hast­ings.

“Our new cen­tre pro­vides the venue for com­mu­nity groups to show­case their work,” Marielle ex­plains.

Events run­ning in Napier in­clude a tour of the Ahuriri Es­tu­ary’s South­ern Marsh, an in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion about plas­tic at the MTG with artist Ge­orge Nuku, events by the Na­tional Aquar­ium of New Zealand and pre­sen­ta­tions about sus­tain­able busi­ness with the Hawke’s Bay Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Jake says he is ex­tremely pleased with the range of events and ex­cited about Sus­tain­able Back­yards com­ing to Hawke’s Bay.

“Sus­tain­able Back­yards has been held in New Zealand for more than 10 years. It’s fan­tas­tic to be in­volved with bring­ing it here to Hawke’s Bay.”

There are events for all ages and abil­i­ties rang­ing from walks and tours, work­shops and dis­cus­sions as well as broad­casts on Ra­dio Kid­nap­pers.

The Environment Cen­tre thanks Hast­ings District Coun­cil and Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil for fund­ing this event and in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who have hosted an event for Sus­tain­able Back­yards.

“Please visit the Environment Cen­tre’s web­site and Facebook for more in­for­ma­tion or visit the Environment Cen­tre, your lo­cal li­brary or coun­cil of­fice to get a pro­gramme,” Jake says.

Environment Cen­tre man­ager Marielle Haringa and Sus­tain­able Back­yards co­or­di­na­tor Jake Brookie are ex­cited to present Sus­tain­able Back­yards 2018 in the new Environment Cen­tre.

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