EcoHub

Experience a buzzing, environmentally ambitious community hub when you call in to EcoMatters EcoHub in New Lynn. Just on the edge of Olympic park and by the Waitahurangi Stream, the hub brings together many of our EcoMatters and volunteer efforts in one location, just a stone’s throw from local public transport hubs. You can’t miss our little black bungalow decorated by local artist Mandy Patmore with the kinds of native birds we’re all working to see flourish in the hapori (community). 

What’s on offer

  • Attend sustainability events and workshops.
  • Visit the EcoMatters Store for a range of sustainable living products, advice, and to drop off a range of items for recycling. 
  • Borrow a book or two from our eco library.
  • Visit the New Lynn Bike Hub
  • Volunteer for our native plant nursery or organic teaching garden.
  • Book school visits and guided tours for groups.
  • Hire a meeting room or workshop space.

Borrow from our eco library

Expanding your knowledge on caring for the environment is something EcoMatters wholeheartedly supports and offering our library resources to the public is one way we can show that tautoko (support). We’ve been developing these shareable resources since 2005 and have found operating on an honesty-form policy for three-week rentals is the best way to do this – the instructions are all here at the library. 

We accept donations from public libraries and from individuals so if you have anything with a sustainable subject line that you no longer want, please let us know! 

Your contact for the library is Meg: [email protected]

Hire our fantastic spaces

November 2021 update: Please note that venue hire is currently on hold due to construction work. Construction should be completed by the end of January 2022.

At the heart of our EcoHub are two fabulous professional spaces that can be hired for a multitude of uses. Each room includes access to:

  • wifi
  • use of a photocopier
  • kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • library and garden spaces for breakout/relaxation.

To enquire about venue hire, please use the form on the right.

Kōwhai Room – seats up to 25

Perfect for presentations, workshops and planning days, our spacious, sunny Kōwhai Room looks out onto a garden area. Hire of this room includes a large screen projector and audio, table and chairs, and a portable white board. Note that our incredibly reasonable rates also support the general growth of EcoMatters works in the environment and community: 

BOND $200, returnable 10 working days from the date of booking. 

  • Per hour: $25
  • Per day (8 hours): $150
  • Per half day (4 hours): $75
  • Night rate (5-8.30pm): $50

Turutu Room – seats up to 10

Our lovely Turutu Room is ideal for more intimate meetings, workshops or facilitator trainings and more. Hire of this room includes table and chairs, and a portable white board. Note that our incredibly reasonable rates also support the general growth of EcoMatters works in the environment and community: 

BOND $200, returnable 10 working days from the date of booking. 

  • Per hour: $15
  • Per day (8 hours): $90
  • Per half day (4 hours): $45
  • Night rate (5-8.30pm): $30

Fascinating Fridays for schools

If you want to show children how many elements of our environment and communities are connected, we suggest a half day site visit which they’re guaranteed to love. 

A visit to the EcoHub can show tamariki (children) that efforts in many areas of life are important in our role as kaitiakitanga. From the Bike Hub to recycling, to food forests and worm farming, we promise a fascinating and fun Friday half day out for up to 30 school children at a time, from just $5 per child. 

Knowledge focus

Depending on your class or group age and stage, you may have a specific area of learning in mind. We love to help children focus on knowledge-building and investigation around a specific topic so they go away with a deeper level of understanding and a willingness to make a difference.

To enquire about school visits, please use the form on the right.

Plan a site tour or team building exercise

When people visit the EcoHub for a site tour or team building exercise, they tell us that it’s not just the range of positive impacts on the environment and community that they’re amazed by, it’s also the collective impact that each area of work has, when put together. This is precisely what the EcoHub strives to do by  offering very reasonably priced tours. 

By recognising how each area of improvement works with another, EcoMatters is presenting visitors with a view of what can be done in our own lives when we combine efforts. For instance, consider cycling instead of driving one day a week, and growing your own organic veggies – all of this can be learnt at the hub. We hope to see this on a much larger scale across the country. In some ways, we see the EcoHub as a form of practical whanaungatanga (interconnectedness). 

Learn about a particular area of environmental restoration or volunteer with us at one of our regular sessions. For group visits we do charge a fee, but we’ll do our very best to make it as affordable for your group as possible!

To enquire about site tours or team building exercises please use the form on the right.