Permaculture Night at EnviroFest! Tuesday, 18 October, 6:30 p.m., Palmerston North Central Library

Join RECAP for a permaculture evening as part of Palmerston North City Environmental Trust's EnviroFest celebrating sustainability. Permaculture night is planned as a fun and social introduction to this systems approach for designing sustainable homes, gardens, and neighbourhoods. The evening will feature:

  • Two brief permaculture design presentations, showing the design activities of RECAP permaculture students and youth from Whanganui Collegiate,
  • A viewing of the 90-minute movie Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, which has won multiple film awards including two "audience favourite" awards,
  • A chance to socialise and view permaculture design project posters created by graduating students of RECAP's 2015-2016 modular permaculture design certificate course, and a chance to learn more about the region-wide permaculture club they are establishing,
  • An opportunity to register your interest in RECAP's 2017-2018 modular course.

Please join us, and bring a neighbour! Permaculture is rooted in the ethics of caring for the earth, caring for people, and fairness in resource use.

Ashhurst Vision 2040: Where to from here? Read on, and join the Ashhurst Action Group

What would make Ashhurst the best place to live by 2040? How do we take action to make that happen?

These are the key questions that have been addressed by participants in Ashhurst's August 2016 Village Vision and Planning process. The full vision and planning process has involved a very informal launch with a film and discussion and, more substantively, several opportunities to engage Ashhurst residents and others who feel a connection to the town's future. These opportunities have included:

  • pre-engagement with various community groups, PNCC planners, and the Ashhurst Community Library;
  • two independently facilitated public workshops;
  • a questionnaire available online or in hard copy via the Village Voice community newsletter, Ashhurst Community Library, school buses, and other town venues; and
  • a discussion with the Ashhurst School Senior Council, with some follow-up and a child-oriented survey still ongoing.

RECAP and facilitator Dr. Heike Schiele are currently putting together a report from the full process. At the moment, we have notes available from both the first and second workshops workshops, held on 15 & 24 August. Survey results and results from youth engagement coming soon!

Keep informed about the Ashhurst Action Group!

Community participants who are keen to continue engaging are encouraged to join a mailing list for the Ashhurst Action Group. The Ashhurst Action Group formed after a similar vision process in 1999, with some projects ongoing ever since. Participants in this 2016 vision process are keen to see Ashhurst Action Group membership and activities expanded. We hope to announce get-together times in the near future. Project development & drinks at the RSA, anyone? Subscribe to the mailing list at:

Mailing Lists Available for Community Groups

We're very pleased to see an increasing number of groups making use of the electronic mailing lists we offer our community, with thanks to funding from Lotteries Community Grants. If you help organise a community group in Ashhurst or the Pohangina Valley, then you're welcome to make use of this service too. Our mailing lists can make it easier to manage sending out emails to all of your contacts, and they're especially helpful if you want everyone in your group to be able to email everyone else while automatically keeping up with any changes in email addresses.

If this sounds interesting to you, we're willing to come to you to show you more and help you decide if an electronic mailing list is a good tool for your group. We're also able to provide free training in the digital literacy skills needed to make good use of the lists. Our aim is to increase local connectivity so that we can make a contribution to a strong village and valley community.

For more information, contact Sharon, You can also see the menu link above ("Lists") for more or click here. Also follow the menu to find out more about RECAP-administered lists for local gardeners and fibre craft workers, and a regional list for those interested in solar and alternative energy.

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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