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My New Urban Permaculture Project

Hi everybody,

I recently moved to Kerepehi, have bought a property in the village, a house with an 800 square metre section, and am beginning a project to transform it into an urban permaculture property.

I have set up a Facebook Page, and will be posting details of the project as it proceeds, with photos and comments about the issues that come up and how I go about resolving them. I expect this Page to eventually become a resource for urban permaculture, and a place to discuss…

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Added by Peter Archer on July 28, 2013 at 0:51 — No Comments

Wilderland launches crowd-funding campaign for new eco-conscious visitor house

Wilderland is a wonderful part of our community’s heritage as one of the oldest collectively managed organic farms in New Zealand. Having undergone many challenges in the past few years, Wilderland is now moving forward with a vision to become an iconic centre for sustainable living right here in the Coromandel.

Wilderland has just launched a crowd-funding campaign to build a new Visitor House and now the race is on to raise $10,000 before 15th September!

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Added by Wilderland Trust on July 25, 2013 at 13:01 — No Comments

Cheese, beer and blues.... a festival for Thames

I was in the Britomart Market recently, talking to a man with a cheese stall.  He said how he thought Thames would be a great place for a cheese festival .... "ah, cheese and beer".

There's a number of great cheese dairies around the Waikato, and I think he's right.... who's got some energy for that?

Added by mark skelding on July 9, 2013 at 9:51 — No Comments

Can we make Thames a "Foodscape"?

I've got the posting below from Facebook but I have no qualms copying it into T3. The Fruity Trees Carbon Offset project is a step in the right direction. Now let's rip up all those unused lawns that just add to the carbon emissions with whining lawnmowers and get growing food instead.
The photo below has been taken in "Geneva,…
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Added by Peter Poeschl on July 8, 2013 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Prism, peaks, spies and strategists - Governments prepare for transition

The recent furore over the swapping of communications data between friends - the celebrated PRISM technology: I'll spy on yours, you spy on mine, and we'll share so as to avoid accusations of monitoring our own people - is not just the response of a hyperalert entente between a group of allies in the face of international uncertainty, suggests the Guardian newspaper.

This article - …

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Added by mark skelding on June 18, 2013 at 6:36 — No Comments

Wilderland Summer Organic Gardening Internships

Wilderland is one of the oldest collectively-managed farms in New Zealand with several acres of well-established certified organic gardens, as well as extensive orchards. We produce all vegetables and herbs needed by the Wilderland community, with surplus sold in our roadside shop. This natural wonderland is the classroom in which you will learn skills in all aspects of organic gardening, including crop rotation, planting, pest-management, harvesting and composting. All the seedlings for our…

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Added by Wilderland Trust on June 8, 2013 at 15:47 — No Comments

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Added by Graham Brown on June 6, 2013 at 7:48 — No Comments

Linda Sheehan speaking on The Rights of Nature: Ecological Economics

 Our central email is Nature@TheRightsofNature.org.  You can also go to Contact Us at TheRightsofNature.org.

Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center addresses UN General Assembly …

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Added by Graham Brown on June 5, 2013 at 22:10 — No Comments

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature/Newsletter

Rights of Nature - updates from around the world!

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Added by Graham Brown on June 4, 2013 at 22:40 — No Comments

Peter Joseph Interview

More on this spiritually aligned, socially responsible, forward thinking man..

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Added by Graham Brown on May 15, 2013 at 7:58 — No Comments

PETER JOSEPH on The Big Questions

 Take the time to watch this video, more than once! It succinctly lays out the opposing values between our profit driven economic system, and an, environmentally/socially sustainable system. Peter Joseph has his head and his heart in the right place to help lay out a ground-plan for survival amongst the crazy downhill pursuits of our current economic and social fabric resulting in the environmentally and socially destructive spiral we find ourselves…

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Added by Graham Brown on May 15, 2013 at 7:25 — No Comments

A Wise Response

Add your support to the campaign for a wise political response to our deteriorating world and a comprehensive risk assessment of New Zealand's environment, economy and sense of community
http://wiseresponse.org.nz/

Added by Denis Tegg on March 11, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Happyzine - good news

What if we were constantly being exposed to the GOOD news that's happening in the world, instead of the crime and disasters.  If you'd rather be cheered up and encouraged, than brought down and discouraged, check out:  www.happyzine.co.nz    Charlotte has been getting the good news out about communities getting together, helping themselves and the environment, for the last 5 years.  Let's share all the good stuff that happens in T3 :-)

Added by Rosalie Steward on February 9, 2013 at 9:02 — No Comments

What are the Recycling Numbers on Plastic About - which is what?

Published in Nation of Change: Wednesday 6 February 2013



While you may think nothing of these symbols, they can actually offer a great deal of information regarding the toxic chemicals used in the plastic, how likely the plastic is to leach, how un-bio-degradable the plastic is, and ultimately the safety of the plastic.

Have you ever wondered what the numbers, or recycling symbols mean at the bottom of plastic bottles and containers? Did you know that, while the use of all… Continue

Added by mark skelding on February 7, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

URBAN DESIGN AT LAST!!!!!

What's the new story of our place – and what does it look like?

The most exciting thing to happen in Thames in years...

and you are essential to it!

(and please bring a photo of the inside of your fridge! Really.)

On Saturday, Civic Centre, 10am-4pm, one of the country's most creative urban designers will…

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Added by mark skelding on November 7, 2012 at 12:19 — 1 Comment

More information about the Earth Education Gathering

If you would like more information about earth education, Steve Van Matre or the introduction to earth education and speech you can follow the links below.

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Added by Louise Deane on October 23, 2012 at 19:43 — No Comments

Earth Education Gathering to take place in the Kaueranga Valley

Steve Van Matre, founder of the Institute for Earth Education and author of many books and programmes introducing children to nature, will be delivering the Introduction to Earth Education workshop and his inspiring speech "Mapbearers, toolkeepers, starmakers as part of the 2013 Earth Education Gathering, which will take place from the 22nd to the 24th of March at the Kauaeranga Forest Education Camp.



If you think you may be interested in attending this event or in volunteering to… Continue

Added by Louise Deane on October 19, 2012 at 14:12 — 1 Comment

Rangers of the Earth programme funded for Moanataiari School

Moanataiari school has obtained funding to run the earth education programme "Rangers of the Earth" for the 2013 school year. This programme runs for a whole year with the structure of "Head, Heart and Hands. Students learn the science of ecology using experiential learning methods, while developing their love for the natural world through sensory and solitude based activities. They then put their new knowledge into action to change their energy and material use habits and work on projects to… Continue

Added by Louise Deane on October 19, 2012 at 14:03 — No Comments

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Quiz Night - Coromandel Watchdog Fundraiser at Thames Sailing Club

May 16, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
with MCs: Tolly Gibbons and Catherine Delahunty MPTOO PRECIOUS TO MINE ~ CoromandelSpot Prizes ~ Raffles ~ Music ~ ArtSee More
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Catherine Belsey is now a member of T3Connect
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Good Friday Fundraiser Concert at kauaeranga valley hall

April 18, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm
                              Simon Donald - blues                     Tell My Sister - song              Boom City - legendsCatherine Delahunty - MC (and mp!!)$15 waged - $gold coin unwagedGreen Party fundraiser, authorised by Jon Field, Level 2, 17 Garret Street, WellingtonSee More
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Staceigh Paul is now a member of T3Connect
Mar 27
Louise Deane might attend Akasadaka's event
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Zenergy's 'Art of Facilitation' 5 day Course at Kotare House

April 5, 2014 at 9am to April 9, 2014 at 3pm
Hello T3'ers,5-9th April in Auckland is the next 'Art of Facilitation' 5 day Course with Zenergy. See http://www.zenergyglobal.com/docs/training/art-facilitation.htmThe Course is a practical facilitation skills training programme that will assist you in generating Collective Intelligence. Participants are coached and receive feedback from the Trainers and each other to provide a well rounded learning experience. They…See More
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Art Auction for Thames Coast Protection at Rapaura Water Gardens

March 29, 2014 from 4pm to 7pm
Enjoy a fun filled, musically versatile, arts rich, deliciously well-fed afternoon in the gorgeous Rapaura Water Gardens.  No BYO alcohol license - but refreshments and bar and food available at the wonderful Koru Cafe Restaurant at the Gardens. MC is Ian Coatsworth, and auctioneer his brother David!  Splendid time guaranteed for all - proceeds to KiwiCare.Adults: $25.00TCKiwiCare Trappers: $20.00Family: $55.00 [2A + 2C]Children: $5.00Ph: 868 4561 for tickets OR buy at The Organic Shop, 736…See More
Mar 25
Shirley Howe posted groups
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Katherine Mowbray posted a group
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Shirley Howe commented on Pauline Trebilcock-Charteris's group Totally Thames Inc
"Coromandel now has the very first ever May Month Hit Disk made available to original songwriters to submit their music for radio interview and airplay with concerts, Hauraki Herald interviews and you tube video's. This is a great opportunity to…"
Mar 24
Shirley Howe commented on Kane Lowrie-Coordinator's group Thames Youth Centre
"Any young songwriters wanting to have their music heard and be invited to perform at a concert during New Zealands Music Month please contact Shirley on lathompsonsmusic@gmail.com"
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Shirley Howe joined Kane Lowrie-Coordinator's group
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Thames Youth Centre

The objects of the Society are:(a)     to provide an independent meeting place for young people(b)     to provide a centre from which social and sporting activities may be promoted, organised and run(c)     to promote and encourage the membership of all other social clubs and sporting organisations especially amongst the youth of Thames(d)     to support the activities of any other clubs, organisations or societies orientated towards youth activities(e)     to encourage promote and establish…See More
Mar 24

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THE NEWS COLUMN

Great News for Solar (1):

Siemens and Semprius double photovoltaic effiency.

Great news for Solar (2):

using salt to capture and store energy

Peak Oil again in news - Nature magazine article. follow link: Co-author David King is former science advisor to UK government. 

The idea of ‘peak oil’ — that global production will reach a peak and then decline — has been around for decades.  The true volume of proven global reserves is clouded by secrecy; forecasts by state oil companies are not audited and seem to be exaggerated. The notion that oil is produced by the earth - abiogenic oil - is largely discredited.

BEWARE THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT!

Should we be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)? Click link for news.

If these secret negotiations succeed [the only documents in the public domain have been leaked] they will create a mega-treaty across nine or more countries that puts a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century and give massive new powers to corporations.

Thames residents may be sitting on a gold mine

There is an application to prospect for gold underneath the town pending approval.

The application by Zedex Gold [application 53981 - purple on map] was lodged with the Ministry of Economic Development on October 4th 2011.

To find out more background see these links:  

A:  B:   C:  D:  E:  F:  G:  H:  I:



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