Wa­ter whis­per­ers and bot­tled pears for Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By GORD STE­WART and BEN TROUGHTON

Fol­low­ing our suc­cess­ful March kick-off event, we’re look­ing for­ward to our first Tran­si­tion Mata­mata film night, next Mon­day evening, April 14.

We will be screen­ing Wa­ter Whis­per­ers Tan­garoa, a fea­ture doc­u­men­tary di­rected by Kathleen Gal­lagher.

Shot in stun­ning lo­ca­tions around New Zealand, this film ex­plores the work of 10 com­mu­ni­ties as they seek to heal dam­aged wa­ter­ways and pro­tect them for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

We meet people be­hind the re­cov­ery and con­ser­va­tion of some of our most pre­cious wa­ter­ways – fish­er­men, con­ser­va­tion­ists, sci­en­tists, farm­ers, lo­cal iwi and divers who share a pas­sion to safe­guard their lo­cal rivers, lakes, coast­lines and oceans.

This is a sub­tle and beau­ti­fully pho­tographed film.

The ses­sion will also pro­vide tips and re­sources for wa­ter con­ser­va­tion at home and in the workplace and an up­date on Tran­si­tion Mata­mata ac­tiv­i­ties.

On Tues­day, April 15, we’re of­fer­ing an evening work­shop – Pre­serv­ing 101: Bot­tling food for win­ter.

If you have never learnt how to pre­serve fruit and veg­eta­bles and it is a skill you would like to have, Melody Priest is of­fer­ing this one-off night class on how to bot­tle foods.

It will also be a good re­fresher course for those who know the ba­sics and great for those with food in­tol­er­ances as you can tai­lor make your pre­serves to suit your own needs.

Par­tic­i­pants will have the chance to pre­serve their own jar of jam, chut­ney or bot­tled fruit or veg­gies.

Bring a pre­serv­ing jar and the fruit or veg­eta­bles you would like to learn to pre­serve.

All other in­gre­di­ents and seals pro­vided.

As the school pots are small, please only bring enough fruit to learn the skill. You can then con­tinue your bot­tling at home. You will need to bring 15 to 20 pieces of fruit to fill a 1.5 litre Agee pre­serv­ing jar or 8 to 10 pieces of fruit for a half-size jar.

On May 9 and 10, we will be run­ning Home of Fu­ture Now Tours, show­cas­ing a lo­cal home with many en­vi­ron­men­tal­lyfriendly and en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency fea­tures.

Keep an eye out in the Chron­i­cle for more in­for­ma­tion.

Gold coin do­na­tions are en­cour­aged Tran­si­tion Mata­mata events.

Cur­rently funds are be­ing raised to sup­port the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Gar­den Project.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata is a non-profit com­mu­nity group pro­mot­ing en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, sus­tain­able liv­ing and lo­cal sel­f­re­liance.

If you have any ques­tions or want to be added to the news­let­ter email list, ring Gord on 880 9335 or Ben on 888 7111.

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