Year ends on high
Workshops prove popular
Transition Matamata finished off this year with a great workshop and intends to kick off next year with another one.
The Herbal Morning in the Old Creamery Garden in mid- November was a windy and chilly one, but spirits were high as Judith Danks taught participants about the ins and outs of herb gardening.
The session was the fifth workshop in the past year.
The general feedback was: ‘‘The price is right and we want more of them.’’
The 2015 workshop schedule will kick off late February with a session entitled ‘‘Living off the Land – Pros and Cons’’.
The tour and discussion will document the transition of former dairy run-off land with poor soils to a lifestyle block and place of abundance and selfsufficiency. Watch the Chronicle for details closer to the time.
Energy conservation is a key focus for Transition Matamata and with good reason. Using less energy is good for the environment and saves you money, too.
Energy efficiency was highlighted in our Eco Home tour in April.
It was featured again in August during the Green Buildings Road Trip to tour sustainably designed buildings in Taurauga – food for thought for the council in redevelopment of the Memorial Centre and the office and library.
Late in the year, Transition Matamata arranged a meeting between Marion Henriksen, out-going principal of Matamata Intermediate, and Nik Gregg of Sustainability Options, a Tauranga- based consultancy.
The documentaries shown at Transition Matamata film nights throughout the year are now available for viewing in the comfort of your own home. Magazines and books are also available on loan.
Drop in to Kaimai Natural Health Centre, 79 Arawa St, to see what’s available.
There is a small table in the reception area holding these resources and a simple sign- out, sign- in honour system.
Watch the Chronicle for information on 2015 workshops, film nights, special events and other projects. To join our email newsletter list, send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sincere thanks to all individuals and organisations contributing to Transition Matamata’s first year of activities.
Best wishes to everyone for the holiday season.
PLUCKY: The Matalele Ladies entertained shoppers with Christmas carols and a host of other foottapping tunes on Thursday. The women put on a show outside LJ Hooker for two hours to raise funds for Matamata woman Marcela Sandin, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this month. They raised $1079.20 thanks to community generosity and a donation from LJ Hooker. The ladies wanted to thank everyone who donated.