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Towards a Totally Sustainable North Shore

 With a 16-year track record of caring for the environment on the North Shore, Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre has plans to change our habits as well as our habitats.

From humble beginnings as a neighbourhood bush restoration project, the Birkdale-based not-for-profit has become one of Auckland’s most active and dynamic environmental organisations. 

Employing a small staff and harnessing an army of volunteers, Kaipatiki Project grows 25,000 native plants a year, and cares for many hectares of bush on its home patch in Glenfield and at Hobsonville Point. Meanwhile a wealth of tutors educates and inspires adults and children across the Shore to live smarter and appreciate the environment.

Nowadays it’s not just ‘greenies’ or ‘conservationists’ who are making change happen. Recycling, edible gardening and composting are all behaviours that are becoming the norm – but often knowing how to begin can be tricky. 

Take composting – one of the single, most practical and effective steps we can all take to make a difference to the environment.

Supported by Auckland Council, Kaipatiki Project organises and teaches free composting courses across the region and on our doorstep – Takapuna 6 September or Birkdale 20 September (details at

The course introduces three composting systems; traditional bin, worm-farm and Bokashi buckets. Participating households also get a $46 discount voucher to spend on composting products from Kaipatiki Project.

Too busy to go to a course? Kaipatiki Project offers free webinars on worm-farming and Bokashi composting on 10 & 17 September (8-9pm).

Heaps of waste? Learn to build a compost heap at Kaipatiki Project’s Birkdale centre. Free, Saturday 13 September (10am-1pm).

Kaipatiki Project is your local Environment Centre, Ph 482 1172, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale (Mon-Fri 9am-3pm). 

by Channel Magazine