Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Sustainable living attracting interest

Public interest is growing in how to respond to environmental issues, in practical ways.

Registration rate at the Sustainable Living household education website is up by 70% since July (this financial year). The local-government-supported website is sustainableliving.org.nz

It was announced a month ago (ref.1) that access was to be free across New Zealand. Interest is being registered from all across the country, from the far North to Invercargill (live map, ref. 2)

“Sustainable Management Fund support from Ministry for the Environment has enabled this now nationwide service to give free access to the Future Living Skills publications, tackling lower carbon-living, waste minimisation and protecting water” says Rhys Taylor, coordinator of the Sustainable Living Education Trust. He says numbers are modest, but accelerating.

“During this summer we shall be working within member council areas to promote formation of study groups and tutored evening classes, using these tested community education materials. We are offering free training sessions for potential group leaders or tutors – details will be sent to all who have registered interest” says Taylor.

The Trust’s core support is annual subscriptions from member local councils (in 2019: Dunedin, Central Otago, Timaru, Christchurch, Waimakariri, Kaikoura, Marlborough, Masterton, Kapiti Coast, Upper Hutt, Hauraki, Thames Coromandel, MataMata-Piako and the Chatham Islands.) The Trust is also in discussion with additional councils for 2020.


(1) Our 27 Sept 2019 media release – same day as School Strike for Climate Change - at The Trust’s info page at https://sustainableliving.org.nz/SLP/MediaInfo & includes link to Associate Minister for the Environment’s statement of support.

(2) Live map of registrations is at https://sustainableliving.org.nz/slp/councilregistrationmap The Trust’s information is reaching many new parts of the country beyond its initial base of member councils.

(3) facilitator and tutor training will begin in Marlborough and Christchurch, in response to invitations from those member councils. Christchurch City Council contact: Tony Moore (Sustainability Advisor); Marlborough District contact Annie McDonald (Education officer).

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Whakaari/White Island: A Minute’s Silence For Victims

A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed...

The minute’s silence will be exactly one week after the eruption started on Monday 9 December. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like
Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>


More Discussions: National On Housing, Transport And Infrastructure

National has today released the ninth and tenth in our series of discussion documents, which contain a range of proposals to ensure New Zealand has the high-quality housing and infrastructure it needs to prosper, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>


Trains: Govt's Plans For Rail

The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Welfare Vs Infrastructure Spending

If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird that the government is choosing a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending – mainly on road and rail – that by definition, will take a very long time to deliver their stimulatory benefits ... More>>

New Reports: "Immediate Commitment To Doing Justice Differently"

Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and Te Tangi o te Manawanui: Recommendations for Reform from the Chief Victims Advisor. Both recommend a fresh approach to the way criminal justice has been approached... More>>


"Heart-Breaking And Confronting": Surgical Mesh Restorative Justice Report

Minister Genter: “People have talked about losing the life they had enjoyed before surgical mesh harmed them – the loss of a steady job, the ability to exercise, a loving relationship in some cases. Others described the chronic pain they experienced..." More>>


Law Foundation: Government Decryption Powers Must Respect Privacy

The power of government to order users and companies to decrypt encrypted data and devices needs stronger privacy protections and additional safeguards, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Waikato. More>>





InfoPages News Channels