A beginners guide to raw vegan kai.

Simple, healthy, vegan, raw and gluten free snacks.
Do you want to eat less sugar? Try vegan or gluten free food, but unsure where to start?  Or want to create healthy snacks for lunch boxes and cake tins?
Come along and get inspired with some sweet and savoury treats that are easy to make at home and provide an alternative to highly processed, heavily packaged foods.    You will get to sample, to create, to take home some yummy treats, be inspired to give things a go and be given recipes.
Saturday 1st August 10-30am- 1pm.
Ashhurst Village Valley Centre.
Entry by koha.
Click here to register for this event

Winter Pruning Workshop.

To enrol for this event please CLICK HERE.

Saturday 11th July, Olsson Community Orchard, 1pm-3pm

Free workshop, though koha is appreciated.

Facilitated by Phil Stevens, co tutor of RECAP’s Permaculture Design Course and of Local Ashhurst business Slow Farm, this workshop will be a practical hands on guide to the how, what and when of winter fruit tree pruning for optimum next season fruiting.


Retrosuburbia Revisted.

Nelson Lebo PNCC Eco Design Advisor will be talking about David Holmgren's pivotal Permaculture bible 'Retrosuburbia   and what it means for resilience in the face of recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.

To register please CLICK HERE

Monday 29th June 6:30pm
St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Cambridge Ave

Free event * All welcome * Supper served *  Koha appreciated

RECAP 2020 Annual General Meeting.

We invite you to the RECAP 2020 AGM taking place on Wednesday 24th of June, 7pm at the Village Valley Centre in Ashhurst.

We would appreciate your presence to help us celebrate another successful year of collaboration with the communities of Ashhurst and Pohangina.

We will also be looking to elect our board for the 2020/21 year. If you are interesting in standing, do get in touch.

A light supper will be provided and there will be opportunity for socialising with our volunteers, staff and many community stakeholders who we are lucky to be involved with.


The Story of Plastic Documentary Screening.

As you know, COVID-19 has impacted in-person events taking place this spring. However, we have found a virtual solution. In this unprecedented moment, it’s critical to ensure the voices of activists and marginalized communities are heard to stand up to big oil and businesses perpetuating the plastic crisis. Stories and film have a unique ability to bridge divides and bring us together as part of something bigger than ourselves – to connect us and create empathy during perilous times. The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it To that end, we hope The Story of Stuff’s new film The Story of Plastic serves as a tool to foster connection, spark dialogue, and create action. 

To sign up to view this documentary please go to this page

Attendees will receive a link to stream the film from the event host.  The link will be delivered to you at the email address you use to RSVP here. We will reconvene at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th May via Zoom for a discussion and Q and A. You will receive a separate link for that event alongside the streaming link.




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.