Year ends on high

Work­shops prove popular

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

Dou­ble ben­e­fit

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.

Loan­ers depart­ment

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.

Look­ing ahead

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 info@aquas.co.nz.

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.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

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