Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Support Wellington’s Urban Kai Cycle from the ground up

Support Wellington’s Urban Kai Cycle from the ground up

13 March 2014

As local food week dawns, a vibrant young woman with a contagious energy needs your help to create a new kind of clean-green with her ‘Urban Kai’ project.

Born and bred in California, Ania Upstill is passionate about the potential of Wellington’s scenery and people.

“Wellington is a fabulous city. It’s vibrant and creative, and it’s beautiful. But there’s too much waste!,” says Ania. “A visit to the landfill will show you we’re still throwing away too much good stuff, and we want to help. We literally will come and take away your scraps.”

The inspiration behind Urban Kai, says Ania, is to reduce waste and give the community access to local food by growing good healthy food on urban farm sites around Wellington.

“The cycle begins on our bicycles! We’ll pick up food scraps on our bikes from businesses and homes. The scraps will be turned into compost, which will help to grow fresh fruit and vegetables. The produce will be sold to cafes, restaurants and to the public through retail outlets to begin the cycle again. Any profits will help to fund the Local Food Network.”

An edible gardener by trade, Ania has poured a whole lot of enthusiasm and determination into the project. “It makes so much sense to create growth from waste, and bring food production into the city. I’m passionate about the community spirit this project will invoke,” says Ania. “It will be so satisfying to see people getting involved and understanding how their food is grown and where it comes from. The kids will love it!”

To kick start the project, Ania and friends want to raise $4,000 to get the compost programme running. “First things first. We need a big trailer for our bikes to help with the compost collection. As the company grows, so might our vehicles, but to begin with, a bike-powered food scrap collection will be part of the fun. We’ll be hugely grateful for any support you can give.”

To pledge your support, please visit PledgeMe before Wednesday 19 March: https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/1845

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

August 4: Centenary Of New Zealand Entering The First World War

PM John Key: I move, that this House recognise that on the 4th of August 2014, we will mark the centenary of New Zealand entering the First World War... More>>

ALSO:

Cyclists Net First NZ Gold

New Zealand won a gold meal and two bronzes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. There was joy and heartbreak in an incredibly full day of sport. Here's how the New Zealanders fared. More>>

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news