Waiheke Marketplace : April 27th 2016
14 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, APRIL 27, 2016 stuff.co.nz Reluctant gardener may yet reform Some Surfdale residents have been invited to take part in events that raise awareness about the amount of food that households throw away. Diana Worthy went to the first session and found herself taking on more than she bargained for. I’m not sure how I’m going to tell my daughter, but I’m collecting my food waste in a plastic storage box until it’s full enough to weigh and analyse. She’ll think I’ve hit rock bot- tom. Longtime urban dwellers, Liz and I moved from London’s Wandsworth to Waiheke in 2003 when she was 13. And some years later she was moved to comment on my evolving interest in the environment. ‘‘What’s happened to you, mum? You’re washing out bottles for recycling, studying eels, skinks and frogs, and collecting cockles. You’re not the same per- Collecting her food waste in a container and weighing it is the first step of journalist Diana Worthy’s Kai Conscious induction. son. It’s all very worrying.’’ Since then, she’s moved to Wellington and my transformation into a nature-loving Kiwi can continue unchallenged. I haven’t quite shed all my townie ways. I still think weeds and insects are out to get me and best left alone. The garden is full of both so no vege patch for me. But that could all change depending on how things go because I’ve just signed up as an in-depth study subject for the Waiheke Resources Group’s Kai Conscious project. There have already been two in Blackpool/Oneroa and Rocky Bay to help residents there reduce food waste, compost, grow food and have fun doing it. It’s been Surfdale’s turn in the last two months. I attended the initial meeting held by the trust’s Dawn Jeffery and Holly Taylor to find out what residents want during the course of the project, which finishes in November. Meanwhile, I’ve got to go on a composting course where, as a Kai Conscious study subject, I’ll be given a free system of my choice. Of course it won’t be the one with worms, thanks very much. Next, I’ll be finding out what to do with all that fertiliser I’ll be making. Meanwhile, there’s a free screening of the film ‘Just Eat It’ – A Food Waste Story, at Surfdale Hall at 7pm on April 29. Everyone is welcome. ❚ Go to wrt.org.nz to find out more about the Kai Conscious project and howto take part. Get happy at Super Awesome event Young people are being invited to have a happy time at the repeat of a hugely popular event held last year. The Waiheke Youth Voice is plan- ning its second Super Awesome Mega Epic Day/Night (SAME) drug and alcohol free event for Friday, April 29 and is promising a host of activities for people aged between 12 and 24 to enjoy. The day at Waiheke High School has a theme of ‘‘What Makes You Happy?’’ and aims to promote a positive outlook, organisers say. Activities, which kick off at 2pm, include human foosball, a surf simulator, live music from local young people, a chill out zone filled with art stations and throwback board games, jump jam, and Photo Bomb’s photo booth. Food will also be available. This year, organisations such as Youthline and Rainbow Youth will be there to support and provide even more activities to fill the programme. And there will be an outdoor movie in the evening, finishing at 8pm, to close the event. Organisers say they have received great support from the community, with sponsorship from businesses that include Segwai and Out There Surf and Skate among others. ❚ SeeWaiheke Youth Voice’s page on Facebook for more details. Young viticulturalists to compete for prize Mudbrick Vineyard will host the first ever Bayer Young Viticulturalist of the Year competition for the Auckland and Northland region. The competition is in its 11th year and winners from each region will go on to compete in the national final, held in conjunction with the Romeo Bragato Conference and Wine Awards, in Marlborough in August. The Mudbrick event will be on June 10 and will include a day of activities as well as an evening of fine dining, contestant speeches and a talk from Sir Graham Henry. People are welcome to come along during the day free of charge, between 9am and 3pm, when the contestants will be put through their paces in all aspects of viticulture. Tickets for the evening dinner are $120 per person. They will include a three-course meal in the Mudbrick restaurant, a wine options game, the opportunity to hear Sir Graham Henry’s keynote speech, awards and spot prizes. The competition is also a cel- ebration of the Auckland/Northland wine community and a selection of wines from around the country will be on offer. ❚ Contact David Salmon on firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicky Grandorge at email@example.com for tickets to the evening event.
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