Sixty Kāpiti households will spend nine months increasing resilience, building community and reducing their environmental impact.
Greener Neighbourhoods is an innovative council-supported project in which Kāpiti residents spend 10 months creating the kind of community we all want to live in: one where neighbours know and care about each other and our shared impact on the planet.
Launching in July-August each year, Greener Neighbourhoods offers groups of five or more households a series of fun and practical activities aiming to increase resilience, build community and reduce environmental impact. These include a project launch, ecological footprinting, a civil defence challenge supported by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office, a waste audit, a nutrient recycling workshop, a water conservation workshop and a home eco-audit workshop.
"The Council workshops have been a great motivator and provide context for community building", Robyn White, previous participant, Paekākāriki.
A Sustainable Communities Coordinator also provides support for groups to develop their own community-led projects. In the past these have ranged from preserving lessons between neighbours to garden bees, bike repair clinics, collective composting, community fruit harvesting and community gardens, seed swaps, carpooling, workshops on water conservation, eco-cleaner making sessions and working bees to build compost bins, biodigesters and rat traps.
Simply getting together is also popular. Participants in previous rounds have held monthly pot lucks to exchange ideas, seeds and produce, get-togethers to build and then relax in a community garden, street parties and a weekly ‘Happy Hour’ for the wider community to keep in touch and meet newcomers. The effects have sometimes been dramatic.
"More community networking has been achieved in a year than in the previous 18 I’ve lived here", Rick Swan, previous participant, Reikorangi.
You can follow their adventures of the groups at www.greenerneighbourhoods.net
To register your interest in the next round or to discuss the project, contact the Sustainable Communities Co-ordinator:
Phone: 04 296 4846 or 0800 486 486