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Last night another joyful beeswax wrap workshop was held at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre.

A big warm thanks to Stephanie for all her work cutting fabric and also to Katie, Glenda and Rena for doing really useful stuff. Also a big thank you to Anne from Its a Wrap (Manutuke) for once again sharing her knowledge with everyone.

Thank you to everyone that came along. It is very inspiring to see our community actively taking steps to reduce plastic usage.

And finally a big shout out to all the wonderful beekeepers in our community. Thank you!
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Will there 🐝 😜 another one before xmas??

We feel so priviliged to be able to work in a space that has been primarily built on the blood, sweat & smiles 😉 of an army of strong-minded, empassioned, dedicated volunteers who have moulded TEC into what it is today...brought to life almost 30 years ago! Happy International Volunteer Day to every single one of our amazingly caring whanau x
Who would you like to see recognised??? Include their name and what they mean to you, and we will hang it up in our window display, or feel free to come hang it up yourself 😉
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We stand together. We walk behind some amazing people who, over the years, step by step built the Tairawhiti Environment Centre. I'd like to take this moment to thank everyone for all their hard work over the years. What you did, matters! My warmest gratitude to all who are now carrying TEC during this vital era of waste minimisation, sustainability, etc. I'd like to quietly thank Rena and Stephanie and Katie for being such strong inspiring women. Thank you for all you do to keep the show on the road. With your laughter, intelligence, commitment, consistency, creativity and loads of passion, the Tairawhiti Environment Centre is in very good hands. xxx

What an awesome way to acknowledge volunteers and celebrate International Volunteer Day ❤️

This morning the Tairawhiti Environment Centre was all about artists at work; sieving and moving compost into large bins; seed collecting (by the cutest seed collector); mowing lawns; Christmas tree decorating; and a health & safety briefing/morning tea in the shade. A lot was happening on this beautiful morning.

Thank you to everyone working so hard at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre. 🙂
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Wow! Transformative. Love it!

Looking great!

Can’t wait to see it in person. Looking forward to moving up to Gissy

Yeha nite city art...

Very quiet time of the year for conservation mahi, but do take note of these 2 chances in December to get in amongst it. ... See MoreSee Less

Very quiet time of the year for conservation mahi, but do take note of these 2 chances in December to get in amongst it.Image attachment

Thanks for taking the day off to drop off your amazing new stock Bronwyn @ Bored Beekeepers!!! 😂 Looking pretty snazzly 😉 ... See MoreSee Less

We are a collection/drop-off point for this amazing kaupapa. Please pay it forward if/when you can. ... See MoreSee Less

We are a collection/drop-off point for this amazing kaupapa. Please pay it forward if/when you can.Image attachment

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We made sure the beeswax wraps workshop didn't clash with the showcasing of this movie! See you at the Dome on Thursday 5th!!!!The Biggest Little Farm starts next Thursday 5th at 8pm. A great story of sustainability and self sufficiency! ... See MoreSee Less

We made sure the beeswax wraps workshop didnt clash with the showcasing of this movie! See you at the Dome on Thursday 5th!!!!

We are fundraising for our garden irrigation set up. Please support us by purchasing one of these pretty 'centre made' beeswax wraps! Thank you 😉 ... See MoreSee Less

We are fundraising for our garden irrigation set up. Please support us by purchasing one of these pretty centre made beeswax wraps! Thank you ;)

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Nau mai haere mai. Do something fun, new and rewarding. Come along to any of our events.
Makorori playground—Sunday the 8th at 10am weeding and maintenance. Bring your togs, surf boards and boogie boards for afterwards.
Christmas party—Milton’s Wine Bar on Peel Street—Friday, 13 December in the evening. Kay will confirm venue and time.
Titirangi -- Thursday, 19 December at 6:30pm maintaining our new plantings
Hui-- Friday, 31 January 6:30pm
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Another busy week at TEC last week! Beside a massively popular beeswax workshop, we were so very excited to see the first meeting of artists Trish Brown, Breahn and Bridget Stubbs and Amanda Rutherford, who, with the kind support from David at Resene on Palmerston Rd, will collaborate on a few exquisite new murals in our garden! So cool! So lucky!
The week ended with a very well-received 'Bike Maintenance workshop'. One happy participant writes "Chris encouraged people to have the confidence to do their own cycle maintenance. He used the bicycles which were brought along for examples of maintenance of gear shifting, brakes, tyre pressure, puncture repair, making the cables move easily, and setting up a bike for comfort and efficiency. Great teaching Chris. Thank you!" Here's to another one of those amazing weeks everyone!
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Another beeswax wrap workshop was held last night. These popular workshops are always joyful & fun with the lovely Anne from Its a Wrap sharing her knowledge with everyone. Thank you Anne!

A warm thanks to Katie, Stephanie and Glenda for their ongoing support and work behind the scenes.

Finally a big warm thanks to everyone that attended. It is your interest and participation that makes these workshops so wonderful. Thank you!

Note: the next basic beeswax wrap workshop will be held Wednesday Dec 04 at 6.30pm.
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love these workshops meet so many lovely people

2 weeks ago

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"Love Food Hate Waste": such a valuable resource bank in our quest to Reduce! ... See MoreSee Less

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Really lovely evening had at our centre with Sustainable Coastlines' Shawn-Elise talking about the Litter Project and how it is informing change for the better! The evening allowed all 23 community members to partake in a real litter audit of Waikanae beach litter as well as a chance to sort out litter that had been picked up at Kaiti beach earlier in the day by 12 students from Waikirikiri school. Most were pretty horrified with what was found... who and why did anyone ever invent plastic foamed "silly spray" was one commonly heard question! We were so very fortunate to hear Jacqueline Kennedy, the Central school Yr 6 speech competition winner deliver her speech about "Sea Turtles and their Plastic Problem" and drink an amazing coffee brew from Far East coffee. Thank you to all for your engagement. Find out more on this amazing citizen science project on litterintelligence.org/
or attend a training session at Uawa Tiaki Tai Surf Lifesaving Club, Tolaga Bay on Monday from 1pm to 5pm.
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It's baby bird season again! To avoid "bird-napping" we recommend following the chart below.

According to Bird Rescue, fledglings (feathered baby birds just out of the nest) will spend some time on the ground, strengthening wings and muscles before they can fly. Parents will be nearby, watching over and feeding their young throughout this time. If it is safe for the bird and its parents are around, leave the bird where you found it.
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Weekly reminders;)-- Recycling Bins: How full is overfull? --

About 14,000 Gisborne households have their recycling collected every week and on average, about 200 are rejected at kerbside - mainly because they are overfilled.

If items are stacked or protruding above the lip of the bin, it's overfilled and will be rejected. Ensure plastic bottles, tins and cans are squashed and cardboard is flattened bit.ly/34OLfWD
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Weekly reminders;)

4 weeks ago

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Dotterels all the way we say, but congratulations must go to hoiho!!!The hoiho has made history today! In a huge upset, the hoiho has come from behind to shatter the feathered ceiling, and become the first penguin to win #BirdoftheYear.

Supported by a huge grassroots campaign from Hoiho for Bird of the Year and its cousins in the #penguinparty, the chonky seabird has defeated the drunken kererū and the mighty kākāpō to become #BirdoftheYear for 2019.
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Dotterels all the way we say,  but congratulations must go to hoiho!!!

We're big fans of Red Bands and supporting the underdog (underbird?) here in Te Tairawhiti so supporting the Banded Dotterel seemed like a natural fit. Local MP Kiri Allan is team #votebandie too.

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“BIRD OF THE YEAR! #VoteBandie I’m swinging in behind the Banded Dotteral for #BirdOfTheYear! It’s not iconic like the Kiwi, or cute like the Kererū BUT it’s super endangered and really vulnerable to predators. Vote for the underdog Banded Dotteral here: t.co/hWdSlhr6vA t.co...
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4 weeks ago

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As soon as we got behind the dotterels this happened...... ;)))))

#BirdOfTheYearWith just FOUR days of voting left, here's how the leaderboard looks. The banded dotterel has managed to claw the 5th spot away from the mighty kererū. And the hoiho is a mere feather away from the kākāpō in top perch. 😮😮😮😮😮

#BirdoftheYear
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As soon as we got behind the dotterels this happened...... ;)))))

#BirdoftheYear

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The halftime results are out... And the kākāpō is in the lead, but just barely. In fact, the hoiho currently has the most #1 votes, but the kākāpō picks up a lot of votes transfers.

Here's a bit more about how the new voting system works. www.birdoftheyear.org.nz/voting
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A lot of Bird of the Year attention tends to go to the big and bootyful CHONK species, but what about the little fellas?

These are the teeniest of the cheeper beepers, weighing less than a mallowpuff (~20g) when fully grown.

WHITEHEAD / pōpokatea
205 observations
Declining
Whiteheads are a North Island forest species. Every year, whitehead parents play host to long-tailed cuckoo eggs in their nest, which the cuckoo leaves for mumma whitehead to incubate and raise!

SILVEREYE / tauhou
1,000 observations
The silvereye arrived in NZ in the 1850s, after a flock was blown across the Tasman from Australia. As relatively new arrivals, their Māori name means "stranger".

WELCOME SWALLOW / warou
634 observations
Another recent arrival, welcome swallows self-introduced from Australia from the 1950s. You may see them darting acrobatically, catching insect snacks on the wing.

GREY WARBLER / riroriro
516 observations
Widespread across NZ, grey warblers make a surprisingly loud song given their smol size – second only to riflemen on the teeny scale.

RIFLEMAN / tītipounamu
218 observations
Considered NZ's smallest birb species, riflemen form monogamous, long-term couples, only searching for a second mate if their first one dies.

FANTAIL / pīwakawaka
2,271 observations
Fantails come in two colour morphs, the common pied morph with white eyebrows and beard, and the darker, rarer all-black morph.

TOMTIT / miromiro / ngirungiru
827 observations
These teeny tits live all over NZ, including as far south as the windswept subantarctic Auckland Islands.

ROCK WREN / pīwauwau
98 observations
Nationally endangered
The rock wren is a truly alpine species, living above the tree-line in the Southern Alps for its entire life.

Can you add to the observation totals above? Log your sightings at www.inaturalist.nz

And of course, let us know if one of these lil cuties nabbed one of your Bird of the Year votes! www.birdoftheyear.org.nz
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Helen Shipley

Any workshops on how to I.d when in the ngahere coming up? Love to tune into the songs 💚

Jordan Hawaikirangi-Pere TibbleJordan details of meeting are in here m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2769427939756889&id=148445018521874&sfnsn=mo

We absolutely can't wait for this one to roll around: the upcoming anniversary weekend of our beautiful marine reserve. Book in the date! Buses will run from i-site, but you will need to register for this by Nov 11th! Also don't forget about the photo competition that is running alongside: the winners will get announced on the day. (A link to it is in the comments) ... See MoreSee Less

We absolutely cant wait for this one to roll around: the upcoming anniversary weekend of our beautiful marine reserve. Book in the date! Buses will run from i-site, but you will need to register for this by Nov 11th!  Also dont forget about the photo competition that is running alongside: the winners will get announced on the day.  (A link to it is in the comments)

Thursdays at TEC are highly productive days thanks to an army of garden volunteers who rock up and share their skills and laughter under the exceptional guidance of our resident gardener, Katie. Their joint efforts render this garden amazing to all visitors who set foot in it. I am once again in awe of the magic that occurred here today: Kauri and the ladies of the Women's Native Tree Project were inspired by Katie's herb and vege signs so decided to come and make some too! I missed all the action shots but the results are stunning. Our "free to take" stand is boasting today's harvested produce too! Win win! ... See MoreSee Less

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Unfortunately too many of us 'wish'cycle, i.e hoping items will just get picked up... spare a thought also for the amazing workers doing the mahi: make sure you WASH & SQUASH.When you put your recycling bin at the kerbside for collection – spare a thought for the team doing the mahi to sort it.
Most households recycle right, but Waste Management drivers regularly see nappies, bottles with rotten milk, broken glass and rancid meat trays in recycling bins.
If the bin has contaminated product in it, it can’t be recycled and will be rejected.
Thoroughly rinse tins, cans, jars to make sure there's no food left, even on pizza boxes - rinse and squash grade 1-2 plastics. They shouldn't be confronted with with maggots and rats in recycling bins. Rubbish items don’t go in the recycling bin either, this includes 3-7 plastics as they’re not recyclable.
For more info, see the sticker on your bin or go to our website for 'what goes in the recycling bin' and how to pack and stack it so doesn’t get rejected. Tap the link for more info bit.ly/2N89RCr
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Unfortunately too many of us wishcycle, i.e hoping items will just get picked up... spare a thought also for the amazing workers doing the mahi: make sure you WASH & SQUASH.

1 month ago

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"Sounds of science": epic! Check the full episodes out on: www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/podcast/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Here are four November conservation experiences to put in your calendars! ... See MoreSee Less

Here are four November conservation experiences to put in  your calendars!Image attachment

Amazing weekend done and dusted. Looking forward to the next one! Don't miss out on these events, Saturday and Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less

Amazing weekend done and dusted. Looking forward to the next one! Dont miss out on these events, Saturday and Sunday.

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Please support our rangatahi. Your signatures are needed.Have you seen our petition to the Gisborne District Council to Declare a climate emergency? 🤔

Click on the link below to sign 🌍🌅☀️

our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/gdc-declare-a-climate-emergency
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Please support our rangatahi. Your signatures are needed.

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"Playing this video literally made my dog get up and move 10metres down the drive !?! This bird is definitely deserving of something, I'd say!..." Steph Temple ... See MoreSee Less

What a glorious morning in Te Tairāwhiti. How lucky we are to BEE at TEC this morning 😉 😉 😉 15 adults and 4 children are soaking up the "All about bees workshop" in our stunning educational garden: a hive of activity!! Thank you so much Mike Eriksen and Barry Foster for sharing your passion and wealth of knowledge with our community. If you'd like to put yourself down on the waiting list for any of our workshops, be sure to visit us/ ring us/msg us. Have a WONDERFUL weekend! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for having this seminar, some good info being shared

1 month ago

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A good reminder for us all as according to a new study 94% of New Zealanders are still making simple mistakes; things like not cleaning an item properly, which could then contaminate the entire collection. (www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2019/10/revealed-the-biggest-threat-to-new-zealand-s-recycling-e...)A favourite from last year's recycling week, check out how clean your containers need to be before they go into the mixed recycling bin... #RWNZ2019 ... See MoreSee Less

A good reminder for us all as according to a new study 94% of New Zealanders are still making simple mistakes; things like not cleaning an item properly, which could then contaminate the entire collection. (https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2019/10/revealed-the-biggest-threat-to-new-zealand-s-recycling-efforts.html)

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5 days before voting starts....#birdoftheyear. The competition is starting to heat up 😉

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A day at the office... how lucky are we! Daisy became a bit of a hit sensation for our centre visitors this morning. Awfully quiet here now! www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/paradise-duck-putakitaki/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Chick Knows Where It Was Warm, And Ironic The Verse For The Day Was From ( Lady BIRD!👍 excuse the pun) Johnson!

1 month ago

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Our beautiful Marine Reserve, Te Tapuwae o Rongokako turns 20 this year! Worth celebrating in photo style. Get clicking!Check out the photo competition that's running as part of the 20 year celebration of our special Marine Reserve, Te Tapuwae o Rongokako! Take a look at the flyer for more details and get snapping whānau! ... See MoreSee Less

Our beautiful Marine Reserve, Te Tapuwae o Rongokako turns 20 this year! Worth celebrating in photo style. Get clicking!

We felt very fortunate to have shared the Department of Conservation's tent space at the A&P show this weekend, alongside its energetic staff and the lovely crew of GDC's biosecurity and Whaia Titirangi. Some awesome korero had. Lots of young, inquiring minds were keen to get their answers in for the amazing $150 competition prize, sponsored jointly by GDC, DOC and TEC. This morning, the wonderful Gizzy Kai Rescue volunteers took great pleasure in drawing out a winner! Congratulations Annabelle Thorpe-Hall, we will be contacting you soon for prize pick-up! ... See MoreSee Less

We felt very fortunate to have shared the Department of Conservations tent space at the A&P show this weekend, alongside its energetic staff and the lovely crew of GDCs biosecurity and Whaia Titirangi. Some awesome korero had. Lots of young, inquiring minds were keen to get their answers in for the amazing $150 competition prize, sponsored jointly by GDC, DOC and TEC. This morning, the wonderful Gizzy Kai Rescue volunteers took great pleasure in drawing out a winner! Congratulations Annabelle Thorpe-Hall, we will be contacting you soon for prize pick-up!Image attachmentImage attachment

2 months ago

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This week's Critter of The Week is the little known Pacific Golden Plover.

It's one of the world's longest distance migrant shorebirds, migrating from New Zealand to somewhere near the Arctic Ocean each year. In the past 30 years, numbers have fallen by about 80 percent. Jim Eagles, project coordinator for Miranda, stated "Thirty years ago we used to count a thousand in our census ... now we've got two hundred. Something's going on".

More with Threatened Species Ambassador Nic Toki: bit.ly/2IZPvtW

📷: snowmanradio

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There was one or two of these out at the ponds by te wherowhero lagoon last year.

The Waikanae Stream tidy up this afternoon was fantastic. There was a lot of rubbish removed from the area. The plantings are doing their job well, preventing the rubbish getting into the stream. Thank you plants.

A huge warm thanks to all the volunteers that came along and helped remove weeds from around the plantings. The area is growing well and is looking amazing!

Good work everyone. 🙂
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Thank you team! Awesome mahi! The stream edge looks amazing now.

The centre will be closed today (Fri 18/10) as we are out at the A & P Show with DOC, GDC and Whāia Titirangi. Call in to the tent and say hello if you are out at the Show today. Fingers crossed the rain stays away! ... See MoreSee Less

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Have a great show day! Great to showcase your mahi to the community at the show 😀

2 months ago

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Give this some serious thought...With #christmasshopping on the rise, have a look at our #heirarchyofneeds for Ethical gift giving! There's a huge range of choice before you need to resort to buying new gifts. What ethical gifts are you going to give this festive season? ... See MoreSee Less

Give this some serious thought...

A very productive week at our centre (for some,-), especially wanting to thank our wonderful volunteers who just add so much colour and warmth to the days: Glenda, John, Suzie, Melissa, Karel, Gilly, Charles, May and Katie are only a few of those people who walk in and bring a smile to our days. Have a wonderful weekend.Please come and see us whenever you feel like it! ... See MoreSee Less

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