Ashhurst Emergency Preparedness

When: Wednesday August 18th 2021 6:30-8:30 Where: Village Valley Centre - centennial room Cost: FREE

This is a civil defense preparation course led by the PNCC emergency management team. Tailored to our area to help whānau, individuals & businesses be best prepared for a range of location specific scenarios. 

Have you made a plan for how you will manage in an emergency? Do you have your emergency kit ready? Where will you go in Ashhurst? What if you are cut off from Palmerston North? How will your response change during the day compared to at night? The PNCC emergency managment office wants to assist us with our community emergency response plan.

This plan will help guide residents on what to do in a range of situations and how best we can ‘Get Thru’.

All ages are welcome, with a quick intermission midway. Supper will be provided afterwards with time to talk with staff.

Please make sure you register HERE

August Crop Swap

Our Crop Swap continues to grow with many people now bringing their excess produce and a host of other goodies. If you haven’t popped along previously, please do! As always this is more of a sharing event so no need to give in order to take and visa versa.


When: Saturday August 28th 11am-⁠1pm

Where: The Ashhurst Community Library

Cost: FREE


Sauerkraut & Sourdough Workshops

Facilitators Kushla Mercer & Toni Bragg will be presenting two hands on, practical workshops on fermentation in September at the Village Valley Centre kitchen. There are limited numbers for each, so please register quickly if you are interested. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how to use fermentation in your home kitchen to make delicious and nutritionally beneficial food. 

SAUERKRAUT WORKSHOP Saturday September 11th 1pm-4pm

A practical introduction to making sauerkraut. Together we'll make sauerkraut; discuss it's benefits and nutritional properties; and taste different samples.

SOURDOUGH WORKSHOP Saturday September 25th 1pm-4pm

In this hands-on workshop you will prepare your own artisan sourdough loaf to bake on the day. Participants will also receive their own sourdough starter to take home, learn how to take care of it, and discover different ways to use it.

There is a discount for enrollment in both workshops.

1 workshop $20 or 2 workshops $35 (waged)

1 workshop $15 or 2 workshops $25 (unwaged)

Register for Sauerkraut HERE

Register for Sourdough HERE

If you would like to attend but cost is a barrier, please contact us at

Winter Pruning Workshop - NEW DATE

Unfortunately we have made the call to POSTPONE the Winter Pruning Workshop which was due to be held this Saturday (July 17th) at the Olsson Community Orchard due to forecasted heavy rain.

The NEW DATE is now SATURDAY JULY 24th, same time (1pm-3pm) same place.

If you can no longer make it please contact Chris on 021755314, or at

You can still register HERE for the new date

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Matariki Crop Swap

Our next Crop Swap is July 10th. As always you do not need to give in order to take (and visa versa) & everything is free. There will be some spring/summer seeds, winter produce & hot soup. All welcome.

June Crop Swap

Our fourth Crop Swap. In the nice warm community library, this time featuring hot soup! Bring your excess produce, seeds, seedlings, preserves, baking or anything else gardening related. This is more of a sharing event than a swap, where you do not need to give in order to take (and visa versa) and everything is free.


Please join us for the RECAP AGM on Wednesday June 9th, 7pm at the Village Valley Centre. We invite all members of the Ashhurst/Pohangina communities to help us elect our board and celebrate the year that's been. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

Microplastic Madness film screening

A special documentary screening for kids (and their grown ups!) on Friday June 25th (a teacher only day at Ashhurst School) from 11am-1pm at the Ashhurst Community Library.

“​Microplastic Madness - Brooklyn kids take on plastic pollution” is an inspirational and optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with a powerful take action message.

This will be followed by a poster making session on easy ways to reduce plastic consumption at home and school & a chance to repurpose some items (not able to be recycled with the PNCCs recent changes) for planting seeds.

To read more about Microplastic Madness:
And watch the trailer: youtube/MICROPLASTIC MADNESS - Official trailer

Palmy's Plastic Pollution Poster Challenge!

During the York & Custom street clean up on April 24th, 22 voluteers picked up a whopping 20 bags (roughly 120 kg/2 cubic metres) of rubbish over 2 hours. 

To encourage others to dispose of theior rubbish appropriately, we're running a competitioon for local kids to design a poster encouraging others to Keep Ashhurst Tidy.

The winning poster will be displayed through Ashhurst & its creator will receive a $25 voucher from Bruce McKenzie Booksellers.

Drop your poster into the library by Fri June 11 (make sure to leave it with your name and contact details!) & the winner will be announced Mon June 14.

May Crop Swap

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the first two Crop Swaps.

We will be running these monthly on a Saturday at the community garden (next to the library). There is always a good selection of free seeds, seedlings, excess fruit and produce and baking for afternoon tea. As the weather gets colder/wetter we will move inside the library.

As always, you don’t need to give in order to take and visa versa.

Our next one will be on Saturday May 22nd 11am-1pm.