On a wintery June Sunday four groups from Raumati South, Raumati Beach, Waikanae Beach and Ōtaki lined up to begin the 2016 Greener Neighbourhoods journey with a launch celebration at the Raumati South Memorial Hall.
It was exciting to see the groups form, each with their own unique characteristics reflecting the group members and the place where they live. Each group were beginning to get to know each other and establish some goals. Their first task was to make a sign for their neighbourhood. Soon after the launch, groups would then meansure their eco-footprint and be visited by judges.
The 2016 judges include our mayor Ross Church and four distinguished leaders of sustainable community development and enterprise, including:
Professor Brenda Vale: a leading researcher and writer in the field of sustainable housing and ecological foot printing with a focus on the sustainable development of communities.
Flo Mc Neil: a former Greener Neighbourhood’s participant and now the Sustainability Advisor at the Sustainability Trust, Wellington. Flo is a community mover and shaker who makes things happen, instigating numerous programmes within her community including being the administrator of Paekākāriki Tauhokohoko, Friends of the Paekākāriki Streams, host of Green Tea radio show, producer of Local Table and the Paekākāriki Edible Garden’s tour.
Robert Glensor: Owner/operator or Paraoa Bakehouse/Purebread, winner of the OANZ Organic Enterprise Award and the National Sustainable Business of the Year award.
Anna Butterfield: Self-confessed plant geek and web freak. Anna is the director of Help Me Net –creating beautiful accessible websites particularly for small local businesses and is also is the owner/operator of LovePlantLife, producing and selling quality seeds.