The whole of NZ has been devastated to hear about the situation following last weeks earthquake. The impact will undoubtedly be felt for many years not just in the lives of those directly affected, but by the entire community. Brief discussions that we have had with friends and clients in the Christchurch area have given us an even more vivid idea of the plight in which people find themselves – much more so than can be understood from media news bulletins. We have decided to use this newsletter as a way of passing on useful information as well as suggestions for assistance.
Of our own clients, (click on their name to view more detail) Piko Wholefoods Co-op
, Liberty Market
and Lyttelton based Lyttel Piko Wholefoods Co-op
are currently closed, from what we understand no one was hurt and they will be reopening once the clean-up has taken place. The All-Organic Grocer
shop located in Beckenham is open albeit with a reduced shop s pace, but a good supply of all produce. They are doing a brisk trade, additionally supplying customers who would normally be shopping at two neighbouring supermarkets that are both closed.
The Breadman Organic Bakery
re-opened yesterday. Tel: 03 365 0990) or email them and order if you have specific bread you would like and they will bake it for you. We have no information about Eternal Delight Café
, we understand no one was hurt at She Chocolaterie and Café
but it is closed until further notice.
Of the accommodation businesses we have listed, Matua Gardens Retreat
are offering space for people needing shelter. At Okuti Gardens
everyone is well, they have their own water and waste system so they are independent and operational. They have places available for refugees. Accommodation includes 1 yurt, 2 tipis, tent and camping spaces, All services at Okuti are available and there is no charge for people from the central city who need help. Governors Bay B&B
is fully operati onal with toilets, hot water and all services working. At Manaaki Eco Farmstay
every one is safe, they have a full complement of family, friends and refugees staying with them.
Cynthia from Harbour Shakti Homestay
is safe but closed for business. She has no water, no sewage system, but she does have power. She is very active in the community organising and distributing rescue resources. Anybody who can contribute food or other necessities please contact her. (Click to view listing)
It is doubtful that her business will resume for some considerable time.
Stephanie from Christchurch Bike Tours
told us they are all safe, their house is livable, but the business will not be running for the foreseeable future.
No message from Wish B&B,
or Ananda Cottage and Spa.
Apart from injuries and fatalities the earthquake has left many businesses in ruins. For those wishing to make a financial contribution to support the people of Canterbury there is the Red Cross earthquake appeal. www.redcross.org.nz
Farmers Markets New Zealand are also taking donations that will be pooled and used to specifically help Canterbury members markets' and their food producers. http://fmnz.blogspot.com/p/canterbury-earthquake-donations.html
Additionally for those of our clients living close but outside the Christchurch area who may be able to take in refugees it may be worth considering offering opportunities for Wwoofing. Go to the website www.wwoof.co.nz
Several of our clients have specifically mentioned the need to support Hans and Janice Schaper of Avoka Valley Gardens who have been a major influence in the organic movement in the Christchurch area, they are currently unable to access their property and may enjoy an opportunity to get away for a while. www. heathcotevalley.communityspot.org.nz
Canterbury Farmers' Market to open
Despite the Earthquake the Canterbury Farmers' Market will be trading this weekend, this is an opportunity to meet with friends and family while supporting local food producers. Hours: Saturday 9 am to 12 noon. It will be held outside Riccarton House.
For more info please contact 03 348 6190
Lyttelton Farmers' Market closed but …..
It will re-open as soon as possible. It will be announcing its re-opening in the coming weeks and our thoughts are with all of the the Lyttlelton food producers and consumers who support this hugely successful farmers' market.
AN URGENT REQUEST
This is an urgent request from The Earth Building Assoc of NZ Committee.
The Earth Building Assoc of NZ (EBANZ) is (again) funding a team of University Professors, Engineers and/or Architects to travel to Canterbury and compile a detailed report on earth buildings including any/all natural buildings – straw bale, light earth, wattle & daub (etc) affected by the Canterbury earthquake. (Yes, they did this in October 2010 following the first large quake in Canterbury)
This exercise will again give them valuable, specific information on the performance of earthen/natural structures during seismic activity. The results of this study will help EBANZ, the international community and future generations understand earth building design more fully and will certainly promote "the art and science of earth/natural building"
The date of this trip is being confirmed but will probably be in mid March.
If you own an earth/natural building and felt the shake, please email email@example.com
PLEASE SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism Chief Executive Tim Hunter says it is important that tourism businesses outside of the affected areas continued welcoming visitors. “It’s really important that people don’t look at New Zealand as being totally damaged. The quake has done considerable damage to Christchurch city and Lyttelton, but tourism infrastructure in the rest of the Canterbury province, as well as the rest of the South Island and the North Island, is operating normally.”
Cantabrian and Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan in an interview with the New Zealand Herald on Sunday put it very clearly “The worst thing that can happen is that people stop visiting. No matter what fundraising people do, it's a drop in the bucket compared to tourism."
NEW LISTINGS ON ORGANIC EXPLORER
Earthbush Bed and Breakfast
Luxury Rammed Earth Home on the beautiful Kapiti Coast. Click to view
The Herbal Dispensary
A retail shop on the wild west coast at Raglan, who try to source all their food as locally as possible. They also have a great range of fresh organic fruit and veg. Click to view
Kaikoura Wilderness Walks
Experience the Wilderness Walk of a Lifetime. A 2 or 3 day Private Guided Walk through Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve, Kaikoura. Click to view
Top 10 Eco-Lodge Shearwater Lodge
has recently been named one of the top 10 eco-lodges in the latest issue of Australia & NZ magazine. Kaikoura Wilderness Walks
owns the lodge which has its own hydro electric system to generate the lodge power. The team at Shearwater Lodge which is situated in the Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve, an area of International Signgificance are also involved in the protection the Huttons Shearwater birds who nest in their backyard at 1800 metres above the sea. Guests on the exclusive guided walk are treated to luxurious accommodation at the eco friendly lodge in its alpine environment (1000m).
For more information on the walks, wilderness and accommodation see: www.kaikourawilderness.co.nz
February 26 – 6 March 2011
Seaweek is an annual event run by the NZ Association for Environmental Education that allows New Zealanders to come together and, celebrate the sea. It provides a wide range of opportunities for people to learn about our fantastic marine environment and share their experiences of the sea. www.seaweek.org.nz
Autumn Migration Day
Miranda Firth of Thames
March 6th (Sun) 2011 9am
Guest Speaker: Mark Bellingham – 'State of the Firth of Thames'. High tide 08:30am so birdwatching first then talk at 11am, birding afterwards. See Arctic birds at their best as they get themselves ready for migration. All welcome! www.miranda-shorebird.org.nz
Insight Dialogue and the Path of Peace
7 Day Retreat
11th-19th March 2011
Venue: Te Moata retreat centre, Coromandel Peninsula
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.temoata.org
The Tree House
An owner-built wooden lodge, cabins and tent sites in 6 hectares of native forest, subtropical gardens and woodland near the Hokianga Harbour ferry. Singles Special- Tranquil retreat for single travellers for stays of 2 or more nights. Single room in cabin $60 per night, includes all bedding and towel. Cook your own food in fully equipped shared kitchen or eat at local cafes.
Only valid to 21-Apr-2011 Click to view
Central Paihia 100 metres from waterfront chemical free, naturopath, massage clinic also organic wheatgrass and juicing.
Free 15 minute or 25% off full hour massage, for any two or more nights booking with Paihia Cottage.
Valid to 08-Apr-2011 Click to view
THINGS I LIKE
Kaiwaka Organics Kaiwaka Organics Heritage Garden Centre
has just released its winter catalogue. If you live in the North Island, now is the time to place an order for a stunning variety of heritage fruit stock. Enjoy your own heritage varieties of fruit AND growing them yourself in your own back yard. Download the Catalogue click here
Email Romi to get your copy email@example.com
Raw Hearts Chocolate
OMG I have just tried this incredible chocolate. It comprises only raw ingredients and is hugely expensive for a small bar, but its sensational. It tastes the way you always imagine chocolate is going to taste – but never quite does. It’s a revelation. Try even just a little bit. Available in health stores around the country, or on-line. http://rawhearts.com/
Delicious organically farmed, gluten-free and preservative free sausages, awarded a special mention in the recent Cuisine Artisan Awards. Buy direct from www.maramaorganics.co.nz
Or to look at their website for the list of selected retailers throughout NZ.
Please email your news and events notices to firstname.lastname@example.org
for entry in the next newsletter.
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