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As a proud, na­ture-lov­ing New Zealander I like to keep track of how our beau­ti­ful coun­try and planet earth will fare in the fu­ture. There’s global con­cern about over­pop­u­la­tion and how long the earth’s re­sources can sus­tain our cur­rent pop­u­la­tion growth (there are around 7.5 bil­lion peo­ple now and the United Na­tions pre­dicts the fig­ure will reach

9.7 bil­lion by 2050). The ap­par­ent con­sen­sus is that it’s not the num­ber of peo­ple on earth that’s an is­sue, it’s how much we’re con­sum­ing that’s the prob­lem. In the words of Gandhi: “The world has enough for ev­ery­one’s need, but not enough for ev­ery­one’s greed.”

So this is­sue is a nod to na­ture, filled with easy, ev­ery­day ideas that help ben­e­fit our fu­ture selves and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. This month’s home­own­ers are all liv­ing more con­sciously in their own ways. The Fludes used en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ma­te­ri­als to build ex­actly what they needed and no more in their stun­ning North­land home. Chris­tine Col­laine and Todd Brady filled their Auck­land abode with up­cy­cled and se­cond­hand items, and Nel­son’s Sam Wil­liams and Poppy MacPhe­dran used their DIY skills to cre­ate a cosy home with a small en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print. Even The Block NZ is do­ing its bit − fore­man Peter Wolfkamp shares how the new-builds are go­ing above and be­yond the Build­ing Code on page 97.

As peo­ple be­come in­creas­ingly busy and stressed, there’s a move to­wards learn­ing DIY skills, work­ing with your hands and cre­at­ing more con­nec­tion. So this month I chal­lenged our team to try their hand at dif­fer­ent craft work­shops. Thank you to all the mak­ers who passed on their skills and knowl­edge to us − you can see the re­sults on page 42. Have a mind­ful month!

Thank you to macramé ex­pert Wendy Nannes­tad of Nannes­tad & Sons who taught me how to bring my Pin­ter­estin­spired wall hang­ing to life for our mak­ers fea­ture on page 42.

Feel­ing brave? Try paint­ing a room in green this spring. I like Re­sene ‘Green Room’.

Shel­ley Fer­gu­son


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