As part of Plastic Free July Aotearoa, Plastic Free Kerikeri, Redwoods Cafe, Riverview School and Transition Towns Bay of Islands are pleased to host The Rubbish Trip's popular presentation on zero waste living in Kerikeri, followed by a short, facilitated opportunity to set your own zero waste challenges to take you beyond Plastic Free July!
Join Hannah and Liam, the Two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip, for an introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Drawing on their own research and over four years of experience living zero waste, Hannah and Liam will guide you through the whys and the hows of life without a rubbish bin, including:
- What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?
- How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.
- Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.
- Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).
This event is free; everyone is welcome. Free zero waste nibbles will be provided - BYO reusable cup for a hot drink if you'd like one!
After the talk, stay on for a few extra minutes to set your own zero waste challenges for both you and Kerikeri :-)
The Rubbish Trip will be running a series of FREE events throughout the Far North from mid-July to the end of August. Check our Facebook event listings for more info! If you'd like us to come and run an event in your Far North community, please get in touch!
This talk is part of The Rubbish Trip's travelling project, taking the zero waste message around Aotearoa New Zealand.
Feel free to contact us via facebook #plasticfreekerikeri
or the organiser Barbara Belger 021 149 8656
More than 104 kilometres of Whangārei’s sealed roads will get fresh surfaces this summer, and one kilometre of new sealed road will be added.
Council has already started road upgrades and re-surfacing, making the most of the coming season of dryer weather and longer days.
Major roading projects have also kicked off for the summer roadworks season with Council widening Porowini Avenue Maunu Road intersections and the New Zealand Transport Agency working to improve the intersection of Tarewa Road and State Highway 1 near Tarewa Park.
Almost $40 million will be invested in transport maintenance and improvements between now and 1 July next year. This includes $1.1 million in road drainage improvements; $1.7 million to repair and replace structures; $3.8 million to rehabilitate sealed roads; $1.5m on shared paths, $2m on LED upgrades, $2m intersection improvements and just over $4.3 million of re-seals. Unsealed roads will also benefit from an $800,000 investment while $4.8 million of minor improvements will be completed across the network.
The rest of the work to be completed during the year, and over the next three years and decade is outlined in Council’s Long Term Plan.
Planned major roading projects include improvements to the southern entrance way to the city; the four-laning of Riverside Drive (2024-25); intersection improvements for One Tree Point Road (2021-22); and the upgrading of the intersection of Kioreroa Road and Port Road (2021-22).
Q: Why seal and re-seal?
The seal on a road is like paint on a house – it keeps the structure underneath dry, secure and sound.
But, like paint, it doesn’t last forever and requires maintenance and replacement to do its job properly.
Wear and tear, changes in temperature, rain and underlying ground conditions all mean the surface must be constantly maintained and repaired. There is no such thing as “once and for all” in the transport world.
Q: What if my road looks fine?
When the surface of a street starts to break down it is time to reseal. The ideal time to reseal is just before any damage occurs, so a road may still look to be in good condition. We aim to keep it that way.
Q: Didn’t they just do that bit?
Sometimes it can be frustrating to see road repairs happening in the same spots repeatedly. This is not because the road works are failing, it is because road surfaces are built in layers and that requires a number of repair stages be done in the right sequence.
Rather than doing all the stages in one spot, involving all the materials and equipment to be taken there, Council goes over the whole network doing one stage, then goes over again, doing the next stage and so on, until it is all done. It is more cost efficient this way.
Q: What is the chip seal process?
Minor repairs are carried out prior to resealing. The contractor will contact residents in the street about a week before work begins.
Hot bitumen is sprayed and stone sealing chips are spread and rolled in.
Excess sealing chips are swept away and road marking is reinstated a few days after sealing.
As many as three additional sweeps may follow in the next six months.
Sometimes contractors carry out staged repairs on roads one year, before the same section of road is resealed a year later.
Q: Why summer?
The drier months with longer days are better for building roads because the different layers that make up the roads stick better to each other when they can be kept dry. Longer daylight hours also mean more work can be done each day without lights, which is safer and less expensive.
Coastguard is offering discounts on new lifejackets when you trade in your old ones, with the Old4New van coming to Marsden Cove Marina on December 7. Will you trade in your old lifejacket this summer? Why or why not?