Tradescantia Weeding & BBQ at the Ashhurst Domain - Sat, 26 Nov, 9:00 a.m.

Help protect one of our local treasures: the Giant Maidenhair endemic to the Ashhurst Domain and nowhere else within New Zealand.

On Saturday, 26th of November, we'll gather at 9:00 a.m. in the morning for hand-weeding at the Ashhurst Domain. We'll meet by the parking lot that is located between the Ashhurst Domain Playground and the RSA Cemetery. From there we'll go on to work at our own pace to remove tradescantia. Around 11:00, the free BBQ will get going with thanks to Horizons Regional Council. Thanks are also due to PNCC for material support for the event.

We're planning on working in an accessible area on level ground, in part shade. Come prepared for the weather, including water bottle, sunscreen, hat, and (if you want them) gloves. No tools are required.

Join us to celebrate and protect our unique ecological heritage!

Key RECAP news

RECAP is NOW HIRING a permanent, part-time Resilience Coordinator, initially at 6 hours weekly. Further information is available at

REGISTRATION is now open for RECAP's 2017-2018 permaculture design certificate course! Further information is now available at

RECAP is serving as a facilitating organisation for a VILLAGE VISION PROCESS that is bigger than we are -- it's about Ashhurst 2016-2040, not RECAP. Read more here and make the process belong to you!

RECAP volunteers acknowledged with regional Trustpower runner-up award in Heritage and Environment

On 13 September, Trustpower recognised the volunteers of RECAP, the Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina, by giving them the Manawatu Regional runner up community award in the Heritage and Environment category.

The judges noted that RECAP "volunteers help others to develop new skills and connections to make their communities more sustainable and self-resilient. There are many facets to this service from adult education classes, mentoring children's groups, building relationships with councils and developing a community garden and orchard. All of these projects are wholly designed, implemented, and maintained by volunteers, with minimal support from one part-time staff member. ... In the last year RECAP has hosted 20 workshops, lectures and film evenings to promote sustainability education ... Over 550 people have participated. ... Well done and we look forward to seeing you continue to thrive."

RECAP would like to add a huge well done to all our volunteers and participants, and a thanks also to Trustpower and PNCC for their support.

Be involved!

Two volunteers share their experience with beekeeping during a tour

RECAP is a volunteer-led, registered charity (CC50147) with lots of opportunities for meaningful community involvement. As an umbrella organisation for a range of community projects, we would like to enable people with creativity and initiative to take leadership in areas that are supported by our purposes. Please step forward if you would like to develop a project or offer a workshop to benefit the community through RECAP.

We also have several well-defined volunteer roles, small and large. Contact us to discuss a volunteer role that might suit you. You can also ask to be put on our mailing list, and we'll let you know about working bees as well as other events like workshops, socials, and more. Most of our events are equally open to both members (living in Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley area) and non-members. Just send us your name, email address, and mailing address.

Our AGM is usually the first Wednesday in June at the Village Valley Centre. Our email:

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