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Permaculture design certificate

Thriving in Nature

A new Permaculture Design Certificate course
We are proud to announce that we have been busy revising the course and re-writing the curriculum to better suit our community.
Join us in August 2017 to begin learning to apply the social and environmental lens of permaculture principles and design to create practical solutions for everyday urban life.
Our tutors and guest speakers are experts in their field - like Finn MacKesy from Auckland Permaculture Workshop and Ian Mayes, Hamilton City Council's Eco Design Advisor.

Sustainable Living

Future Living conversations

Thursday evenings between 11 May and 29 June 2017, 6.30-8pm.
Venue: Chartwell Library

Join local experts for a series of free practical workshops to help you save money and reduce our impact on the environment. The series focuses on different topics each week, from growing your own food, zero waste living to transport.
See a full list of workshop topics and dates.


The Waikato Environment Centre coordinate the annual EnviroExpo at The Waikato Show. The Waikato Show is a celebration of our region's culture from our rural traditions to our modern day lifestyles, providing unique experiences for everyone. Each year the public from around the region and Hamilton city join together to enjoy well-being and lifestyle expo's, children's activities, animal experiences, entertainment, carnival fun, shopping and much more.
If you would like to be involved at next years EnviroExpo please contact Anna on 07 839 4452 or look at our website.

Waikato TimeBank

TimeBanking is a mutual volunteering system which uses time as a measure of trade. Members of a TimeBank exchange services in a pay it forward way, sharing skills, knowledge, talents and time within the community. Within a TimeBank everyone's time is valued equally, so one hour of dog walking = one hour of painting = one hour of computer tutoring etc. Anyone can join Waikato TimeBank, individuals, families, social service agencies, clubs, community groups, even commercial organisations. TimeBanking is based on the premise that everyone within a community can be a builder and a contributor. For more information visit the Waikato TimeBank website.


WEC E-Cycle
We now take single use, rechargeable, coin lithium and silver oxide batteries; energy efficient light bulbs; toner cartridges; fluorescent tubes and electronic devices for recycling at WEC.

All items are recycled ethically to Ministry for Environment Standards. Many go to a social enterprise at South Waikato Achievement Centre in Tokoroa who employ disadvantaged people. Please note, doing the right thing does cost a little more, please see the price list below for details.

We can pick up your E waste for an extra $15.
Everyday significant amounts of food that is good enough to eat but not good enough to sell is needlessly disposed of. We rescue this food from suppliers and redistribute it to community organisations working with people in need. Protecting the planet and feeding the people is good for our community, good for the environment and good for businesses who work with sustainability and social justice values in mind. If you want more information please visit our website.


Exciting Bat Research Project

Project Echo
The Hamilton city bat research project is a staged research programme with the primary aims of
  1. increasing knowledge of the distribution and habitat use of Hamilton city long-tailed bats, and
  2. monitoring log-term trends in activity at key monitoring sites.
More information...