Waitaki Resource Recovery Park

Talking Resource

  • Less is More

    We seemed to have the lost art of being happy on very little. Particularly in Western industrialized countries we’ve got used to levels of consumption that are not only environmentally unsustainable, but the abundance has not made us happier. We’ve given less time and energy to things that actually do give us satisfaction and pleasure […]

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  • Turn Off and Start Living

    According to a study published in 2008, conducted by John Robinson and Steven Martin from the University of Maryland, people who are not satisfied with their lives spend 30% more time watching TV than satisfied people do. Television is used to promote commercial, social and political agendas and leads to a steady ‘dumbing down’ and […]

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  • Co-operatives

    2012 has been recognised as the International Year of Co-operatives by the United Nations. This is an acknowledgement by the international community that co-operatives drive the economy, respond to social change, are resilient to the global economic crisis and are serious, successful businesses creating jobs in all sectors. As Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General says,”Co-operatives […]

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  • Save the Bees

    Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves. Around 30% of the food we eat is pollinated by bees making bees a critical resource worthy of protecting. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive abruptly disappear. In […]

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  • Talking Happiness

    Helen Clark, previous Prime Minister of New Zealand and now Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme recently opened a United Nations conference titled, ‘Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm’. The conference was initiated by the Royal Government of Bhutan. Bhutan is putting before us a framework for a New Economic Paradigm, based […]

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  • The Common(s) Good

    “A commons arises whenever a given community decides that it wishes to manage a resource in a collective manner, with a special regard for equitable access use and sustainability. It is a social form that has long lived in the shadows of our market culture but which is now on the rise”, said David Bollier. […]

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  • Economic Times

    In her recent speaking engagements in the Waitaki, Canadian Nicole Foss spoke of her predictions of a ‘storm’ due to the global economy being strangled by debt. Nicole is highly qualified in finance, energy, environment, psychology and population and takes a very broad integrated approach regarding how we will be affected and what we can […]

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  • Product Design

    ‘Recycling is like an aspirin; it alleviates a rather large hangover caused by overconsumption’. The best way to reduce any environmental impact of waste is not to recycle more, but to produce and dispose of less and we need to produce responsible products by considering the entire process and all the subsequent side effects. Recycling […]

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  • Time Banking

    The Transition Town Oamaru and Waitaki District Project is an initiative of the Natural Heritage Society. The Society recently ran the Sustainable Skills Summer School in a drive to establish networks and skills within our Community which allow us to adapt to economic uncertainty, climate change and peak oil production issues with resilience and strength. […]

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  • Plastic

    A plastic ‘toxic stew ‘ floating in the Pacific Ocean, covering 1,392,400 square kilometers (5 times the size of New Zealand ) and estimated to hold around 100 million tonnes of plastic , has been dubbed the ‘Eastern Garbage Patch’ by scientists and it’s volume is growing at an alarming pace. These plastics have been […]

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42 Chelmer Street, Oamaru, New Zealand.

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