Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

All welcome to this workshop, hope to see you there.

Saturday July 8th 12.00

Bring lopper, cutters, a saw if you have them, a drink

and wear weather appropriate clothing.

A koha is appreciated.

There will be experienced tutors to show you the ropes and answer questions.

Wet weather date is the following Saturday.

Pohangina River talk- The Big Picture

Pohangina River at Raumai

You are invited to a free public lecture about the nature of watersheds and rivers and how they behave, using the Pohangina river as an example. Gary Williams will discuss water flows, how climate and landscape effect rivers, the natural character of a river reach, sediment movement, ecology of river environments and climate change.

This will be held on Thursday July 6th 2017 at 7.00pm at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst. 

All welcome, there will be time for questions and supper will be served afterwards.

Any queries to

You can hear more from Gary Williams on his website -

Welcome to the new executive board for 2017-18!

Thank you to all who attended out AGM.  We are please to announce our new Executive Board Members for the coming year.

Chairperson - Harvey Jones, welcome back, again!

Deputy Chairperson - Aaron Roberts, returning, thank you.

Treasurer - Cindy Phillips, welcome to the board.

Secretary - Anne Van-Brunt, thank you for continuing.

Ian Stark - Board member and garden coordinator.

Veronika Naglmaier - Board member, looking forward to having you on the exec.

We would also like to acknowledge our planning team, notably Sharon Stevens, Helen King, Phil Stevens and Adrian Bill Phillips.

We welcome anyone who would like to contribute at any time during the year by joining our planning team.

Please contact me


Natural Building Lecture - Richard Pedley and Nelson Lebo


We are proud to present a free public lecture on natural building in New Zealand with two speakers offering a wide range of knowledge and expertise.

Richard Pedley is a lecturer in Organic agriculture at UCOL in Palmerston North and founder of Agrifutures  He also runs Garden Elf ( a permaculture based business offering design innovations and education around all aspects of permaculture.

Nelson Lebo is well known as the Eco advisor for PNCC. He appears regularly talking about his passion and great experience in retrofitting existing properties to make them warmer, healthier and more energy efficient.

You are invited to come and hear about natural building techniques, passive solar design, what works best in NZ, how to retrofit your existing home, regulations, materials, innovative solutions and the future of natural building.

Thursday June 15th 7.00pm   St Mary’s Church Hall, Cambridge Ave,Ashhurst. 

All welcome.

Enquiries to Jane -

Backyard Poultry Keeping - Register for 29 April workshops - now with morning option

Learn all you need--and more--to get a comfortable start on keeping chooks or ducks in your own backyard. Even those with some experience can expect to learn something new.

With our afternoon (1:00-4:00 pm) workshop almost sold out, we are now offering a second workshop on the same day, from 9:00-12:00 a.m. on Saturday, 29 April, at the Village Valley Centre in Ashhurst. Fee $10 or 10 LOAVES. 

Registration for the MORNING workshop is now available at this link.

A few spaces for the afternoon workshop still remain (as of 10 April), with registration available at this link.

Participants in the backyard poultry workshop can expect to learn:

  • Behaviours and qualities of different breeds of chickens and ducks;
  • How to maintain animal health, clip wings, etc.;
  • How to design poultry houses and keep a clean environment;
  • How to build and use chicken tractors and mobile duck baths of various designs to enhance home gardening;
  • Palmerston North City Council by-laws applicable to keeping poultry and other productive animals.

The workshop emphasis will be on chickens, and secondarily on ducks. Workshop facilitator Phil Stevens has over forty years experience keeping chooks, cucks, and turkeys, and his family has also kept quail, guinea, and peafowl. Workshop participants will have opportunities to handle chickens.

Comments from previous participants:

  • Lots of info.
  • Very clear speakers.
  • Friendly, informative, practical stuff & live chickens - not just a lecture.
  • Good to see photos.
  • Passionate presenters with lots of information.
  • Thanks for running this!

A New Economy - free movie evening, Thursday, 18 May

Reel Earth Film Festival and RECAP are excited about bringing you this documentary as part of the Reel Earth Film Festival.

A New Economy -

What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model?  Watch, as several organisations strive towards building a more cooperative future.        By putting humanity before the bottom line, they are finding their place in an economy previously dominated by profits and big business.

 Is cooperation and humanity the only way forward for business?

When:  Thursday May 18th 7.30pm  2017

Where: St Mary Magdalene Church hall, Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst

Who : all invited.

For more information please contact

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: