Look after yourselves and your neighbours during the stage 4 lockdown.

Keep to your all important bubble but at the same time reach out to those around you, in particular older people in your neighbourhood who may be feeling isolated and need your support. 

Visit the New Zealand Government's COVID-19 website, to find out what you should be doing to protect yourself, your whanau and community. 

Register for welfare support by going to https://pncc.govt.nz/news-events/covid-19-coronavirus/welfare-support

Volunteer If you'd like to volunteer, please email VRC Manawatū & Districts. Include the region you want to support: Palmerston North, Horowhenua or Manawatū.

Feel free to contact the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) with questions, and requests for help. they are working business hours, 7 days per week. eoc.welfare@pncc.govt.nz or 021320731


Seed Harvesting and Processing- CANCELLED


Wild Food Walk -cancelled.



Raumai Reserve Clean Up.

In association with RECAP, Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge and Manawatu Source to Sea we will be looking to clean up this local Pohangina beauty spot.

When: 10am- 1@pm Saturday 14th March.

Where: Raumai Reserve, Raumai Reserve Road.

Enrol :Contact Helen on info@recap.org.nz for expressions of interest.

Composting Educational Working Bee

RECAP’s annual educational composting opportunity. A theoretical and practical session around how to build good compost with the opportunity to create compost for the community orchard.

When: Saturday 7th March, 1pm-3pm.

Where: Olsson Community Orchard ( situated within McCrae’s bush)

Cost: Free. Please email Helen on info@recap.org.nz if you are interested in attending just so we have a rough idea of numbers.


Drought Proofing Your Garden.

Facilitated by PNCC Eco Advisor Nelson Lebo.

Monday 2nd March, Ashhurst Library Community Garden, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Koha appreciated.

Please click here to register for this event.

Focuses on landscaping to drought proof your garden, water saving techniques and drought resistant native plantings.

Summer Pruning Workshop

Please click here to register for this workshop

Facilitated by Ashhurst local Phil Stevens from Slow Farm this workshop will focus on the how, why and what of summer pruning and give you the opportunity to get familiar with your loppers, get stuck in and have a go!

We will talk about shaping, keeping size under control and encouraging
fruit production. Please bring loppers, and saw of cutters if you have them, and a pen and paper. A full water bottle and gumboots are recommended.

Natural Building; Theoretical and Practical Workshops.

A two part theoretical and practical approach discussing and experimenting in natural building materials and techniques suitable for the New Zealand climate and environment. Facilitated by former UCOL lecturer and experienced natural builder Matt Cassells.

Matt is currently in the process of building a hybrid timber, straw and clay home for his family.

N.B. Both parts can be attended as a stand alone but work well in tandem. Enrolling for both entitles participants to the reduced costs of $25 waged/$15 unwaged for both.

When: Wednesday 6th November 7-9pm
Where: Ashhurst Village Valley Centre
Cost: $15 waged/$10 unwaged.

TO register for JUST the Theory workshop click this link.

Natural Building Practical:
When: Saturday 16th November 10am-1pm
Where. Ashhurst, venue TBC.
Cost: $15 waged/$10 unwaged.

To register for JUST the practical workshop click this link:

To enrol for BOTH workshops click this link



Rain Water Tanks. An educational Working Bee.

Interested in harvesting rain water for your garden and home but not sure how to go about it? Join Phil Stevens in this educational working bee in the Ashhurst Library Community Garden where we will talk tanks, and install some as part of the garden system at the library.

When: Saturday 2nd November 10am-12pm
Where: Ashhurst Community Library Ashhurst.
Cost: Entry by koha.

Click here to register for this workshop

Ashhurst’s Plastic Pollution Challenge. Saturday 19th October.

Palmy' Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) was piloted over the last year collecting and analysing litter from 40 waterway sites around the city to establish the extent of the problem. Results were astonishing and disturbing, but a catalyst for the beginning of some positive change.

Click here to register for this event

Dr Heike Schiele, PPPc Lead for Manawatu River Source to Sea and Co-chairperson of Environment Network Manawatu will share findings, solutions, and also help us explore how and if Ashhurst wants to discover the extent of the problem in its own backyard and work towards positive behaviour changes that will make our village and its waterways healthier for future generations.

When: Saturday 19th October October 2-4pm.
Where: Ashhurst Village Valley Centre, 21 Guildford Street, Ashhurst.
Cost: Free.