Highlights from EcoDay 2016
Save the date for EcoDay 2017 – Sunday 9 April
@ EcoMatters Environment Centre & Olympic Park, New Lynn
More than sixty groups, organisations and businesses were involved; hosting stalls, workshops, or participating in panel discussions around sustainable issues. The crowds enjoyed live music and dance performances while grabbing a bite to eat from the diverse and delicious food court area. The children were entertained by a a variety of events including a scavenger hunt that concluded with the completion of a beautiful, magnetic puzzle that they got to take home with them.
Some feedback from the day:
“Fantastic!”, “Great day out, can’t fault it at all”, “Another great event. Loved the variety with the music, stalls, talks, food”, “It was awesome!”, “Our kids really enjoyed the scavenger hunt”, “Great event!”
2016 EcoDay highlights included:
+ Live Music and Performances, including Sushi Cats, The Garland Sisters, Te Riri O Te O Dance Group, Gareth Thomas, Luke Hurley, Albi and The Wolves
+ Eco Art and Upcycling Activities, including trash sculptures with Andrew Hall, upcycled bags from t-shirts, recycled paper origami bags, nature brooch workshop
+ Free Kids Activities, including Hands On Creatures, face painting, story telling and Scavenger Hunt with prizes
+ Body and Soul Wellness Zone, coordinated by Soul – Centre of the Body and Mind, hosting free yoga, meditation and dance classes
+ Sustainable Homes and Gardening Workshops, teaching about rain harvesting, creating healthy homes, preserve-making, solar hot water and composting with Compost Collective
+ Wash Against Waste Food Court, including smoothies, raw food, Dutch fries, ethnic food, gelato, dumplings
+ Q&A Sessions with Eco Experts, including Why does waste matter and Why should politicians listen to youth?
+ Secondhand Treasure Trail, hosted by Green Bay Bazaar
+ Brand new Bicycle Hub including free workshops and electric bikes from Quikes Ltd Co to try!
+ EcoDay attendees also had the chance to win a prize from Green Star Energy Solutions. The competition winner won free ceiling insulation supplied and installed by Green Star.
Attendees of EcoDay 2016 strolled around the large, festival market, got to know local organisations that are caring for our environment, browsed for sustainable and upcycled goodies at the market stalls, and had a bite to eat from the amazing food vendors. They got creative with the eco art activities and became inspired by the free workshops about green living and gardening. There was also a brand new Bicycle Hub and Secondhand Treasure Trail to check out this year!
The day was a fantastic, community celebration of all the things we love about our environment and the many ways we can all care for it.