Waitaki Resource Recovery Park

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  • Traditional Skills

    Many people who have recently moved to Oamaru, say they do so because of the friendliness, the relative safety and the strong sense of Community. Oamaru has the highest number of Community organisations per capita in the country. Many of these organisations are flourishing and creating considerable social benefits which contribute to the values people […]

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  • Honey Bees

    Of the 100 crops that globally provide more than 90 percent of humanity’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees. One of our most valuable resources which desperately need recovery assistance is the honey bee, whose survival could be on the verge of total collapse. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker […]

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  • Local Market

    Probably one of our most valuable resources as a Community is our Community. Buying from local producers and retailers helps build Community strength. On Saturday 17th December, a Market Day will be held in Oamaru to encourage people to purchase from local shops rather than out of town or internet purchases. The event, organised by […]

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  • Resource Recovery

    Recycling is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. It is an indicator of our failure to reduce and reuse. The ‘waste’ hierarchy, in order of importance is, ‘REDUCE, reuse and then recycle’. And resource recovery is even broader and more encompassing than just recycling. It means to optimise the use of a resource […]

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  • Worms

    The ‘lowly’ Earthworm…I don’t think so… Charles Darwin once said, “Without worms we cannot garden, indeed without worms there would be very little life on this Earth and it may be doubted whether there are any other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world as have these lowly […]

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  • Food waste

    According to staggering statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to some 1.3 billion tons per year. In the developing world, over 40 percent of food losses occur after harvest—while being stored or transported, and during processing […]

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  • World Day of Peace

    A common theme from those who spoke at the World Day of Peace celebrations recently held at the Waitaki Community Gardens, was that peace starts with each and every one of us. Vic Tamati, who is one of the men leading the family violence, ‘It’s not OK’ campaign, showed us that with the strength to […]

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  • Glass

    Many of us well remember the refund on glass bottles in the past which proved to be a great means of obtaining an ice block or lolly pop for those (usually children) who made the effort to collect them and cash them in at the local dairy. This system also meant that we never saw […]

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  • Buying Local

    Over the years there have been several ‘Buy Local’ campaigns. As we sit in fragile economic and environmental times, the benefits of buying local become more apparent. When money is spent locally and passes through many local hands, more people benefit from that same money. It’s not about how much money we’ve got as a […]

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  • The Economics of Happiness

    For millennia, healthy societies that have endured have fostered a sense of belonging and security, confident that basic material needs will be met, and the opportunity for each person to grow and express his or her own unique gifts and aspirations. By contrast, in western civilisation today, social well-being is often reduced to material growth, […]

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42 Chelmer Street, Oamaru, New Zealand.

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