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Whanganui Green Drinks

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5:30pm Tuesday, 14th March 2015
Whanganui Green Drinks are scheduled for the Second Tuesday of each month.

March Venue: Delicious Cafe & Wine Bar, 132 Victoria Ave, Whanganui.

Guest Speaker: TBC

Come along to mix, mingle & meet with other sustainably-minded individuals, business people and organisations in Whanganui - all welcome, no cost to attend.  

RSVP appreciated but not essential - please email whanganuigreendrinks@gmail.com.

See you there!


:: Previously at Whanganui Green Drinks...

March: Nicola Young was our guest speaker in conjunction with La Fiesta!  Nicola is a well-known ex-Whanganui-ite, current Whanganui Chronicle columnist, and an environmental consultant now living in Taranaki.  She is also a supermum of two and her topic was “Walking the Talk – being a mum and having a career in sustainability – how do you achieve balance without cutting (too many) corners?”.  Thanks so much to Nicola for making the journey down to be with us.

February:  Carla Donson from the Whanganui Women's Network.  Thanks also to Melinda Hatherly and Robin Williamson for hosting on the night.

January: Whanganui Green Drinkers regrouped around an impromptu banquet table to welcome in the new year and share 2015 resolutions.

December: Around 30 Green Drinkers jumped on their Sixty Second Soapbox which covered subjects as diverse as the participants, including: edible lillies to digital strategies, climate change to the H debate, the need for compassion to building with shipping containers...  Wow!  What a fantastic evening.  Thanks so much to everyone for participating, and especially to John Milnes for being timekeeper.

November: Kritzo Venter, Senior Stormwater Engineer at the Whanganui District Council, gave feedback on some of the new techniques that have been implemented over the last couple of years in Whanganui to proactively manage stormwater through Low Impact Development techniques - including the new rain-gardens along Taupo Quay, swales at the Aramoho Cemetery and a green brush wall for the vertical stabilisation of the banks of the Kaikokopu stream. This was an introduction to Mr Venter's full presentation covering these points of discussion on Thursday 13th Nov, 7-9pm at the Davis Theatre as part of Whanganui River Week.
A late arrival, Andy Maloney, e-biked up from Wellington to talk to us about his pest eradication fundraiser for Henderson Island.  Andy, a veterinary surgeon with a conscience, is biking from Zealandia to Tiritiri Matangi to raise money for a bird sanctuary on the remote Pitcairn Island...  Find out more about the project here and make a donation here.  All donations will be equally matched by a wonderfully generous US donor.

October: Pat Garrett of Delicious Cafe & Winebar brought us their behind-the-scenes hospo-sustainability biz-tips...

September: Dr Mike Dickison, Curator of Natural History at the Whanganui Regional Museum introduced two of his pet projects - the Museum's new Moa Gallery exhibition, and Wiki Wednesdays - an initiative to put Whanganui on the Wikipedia map...

August: Anton Skipworth, Jill Hobbs and Mark Dyhrberg from Trade Aid spoke about fair trade and sustainability: how Trade Aid are 'greening' trade.

July: Merania Karauria spoke about Waiora Float, the ultimate in relaxation and more...  With Claudette Morgan who, 30 years ago with her sisters, operated their float sanctuary on the Gold Coast. 

June: Esther Williams from the Whanganui branch of Forest and Bird spoke about F&B's Kiwi Conservation Club and how kids can get involved in conservation.

May:  May Green Drinks successfully fused the sustainable community with the business sector in an unprecedented move to forge 'greener' business relationships and opportunities in Whanganui.  
Co-hosted by the Whanganui Employers Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Whanganui Trust, May Green Drinks was held in the Education Room at the new Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre, 83 Maria Place.  
For attendees, this was an opportunity to network outside of the corporate box while exploring the potential for progressive and environmentally sound business practices, all without compromising economic prosperity – or costing the earth.  Guest speakers from Sustainable Whanganui Trust spoke about the presence, purpose and progress of SWT at the WRRC, and putting recycling into action in business. 

Pints & Pizza!  Keeping refreshments local, we had fresh beer on tap thanks to craft brewers The Bloom Theory, and hot woodfired pizza from Flamin' Dragon Pizza.  

A big thank you to all of our sponsors for this event: Creative Aluminium, Burgess Matting, the Sisters of St Joseph and Sustainable Whanganui Trust

April: Rachel Rose spoke about a project she is hatching to deepen neighbourhood connections while building compost, inspired by Seattle Tilth's "Master Composter/Soil Builder" programme. 

March: Jason Quinn of Sustainable Engineering Ltd. lead a discussion based around engineering the transition to a sustainable world. 

February: Helen Marie O'Connell of the Whanganui Film Society gave an introduction to the 'Future Proof Films' - four future oriented, solutions based documentaries aimed at inspriring positive change which screened in February as part of her Tall Stories Film Fest.  Lyneke Onderwater from Whanganui Bicycle Users Group (WBUG) gave an update on Bikewise Month and a mention of the upcoming talk about her cycle travels through Africa and the Americas. 

January: Shane Middlemiss spoke of his intention to establish a Bright Green sustainable development conference in Whanganui, as well as giving some informative background on the 'Bright Green' philosophy.

The inaugural Whanganui Green Drinks, held at Delicious Cafe & Wine Bar, saw around 30 people attending throughout the evening from many different backgrounds & interests.  Duncan Sinclair, of Black Pine Architects, introduced his role as the Sustainable Business Network connector for Whanganui.  Impromptu electric car demo also followed thanks to local bloke Chris Northover.

:: Have something to say?  Contact us at whanganuigreendrinks@gmail.com if you would like to book in as a guest speaker.

:: Want to host or sponsor an event?  Green Drinks may rove to local venues with a sustainable motive by request, simply contact us to arrange.

:: Whanganui Green Drinks is a non-profit sustainable networking event co-organised each month on a voluntary basis by Helen Marie O'Connell and Duncan Sinclair.  If you would like to get involved, or contribute in any way, please get in touch with us at whanganuigreendrinks@gmail.com - we would love to hear from you!

:: For sustainability news and happenings in Whanganui we recommend joining the Sustainable Whanganui googlegroup ::