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Mon 16 May 2011, 12:00pm–8:00pm
Tue 17 May 2011, 11:00am–8:00pm
Wed 18 May 2011, 11:00am–8:00pm
Thu 19 May 2011, 12:00pm–8:00pm
Fri 20 May 2011, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Where: University of Auckland, 24 Princes St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Annie Cao

Auckland University Students’ Association’s Ecofest is coming up! Jam-packed with stunts, stalls, workshops and speakers. The purpose of Ecofest is to raise awareness of environmental issues, change perspectives and to propose easy ways that people can make a real difference to the world.

Highlights include gardening, energy saving, composting and bicycle maintenance workshops. This is topped off with movie screenings, plenty of freebies, Fairtrade coffee in the Quad, and delicious free vegan lunches on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

The full timetable is:

Monday 16 May
- Gareth Hughes MP on how to ‘un-f*ck the world’. 12-1pm, Cap and Gown lounge (under Shadows).
- Edible garden workshop for all types of flats with Ecomatters. 1-2pm, Old Choral Hall 2. Regardless if you have a backyard or no backyard, a balcony or no balcony, you can still plant an edible garden! Brooke from Ecomatters will cover small gardens, herb gardens, sprouting, community gardens and more. Freebies to give away!
- Healthy Eating, Healthy Planet: Nurturing the soul with renowned Ayurvedic Dr. Gupta. 6-8pm, OGGB case room 1. Travelling from India, fourth generation Ayurvedic Dr Gupta will be speaking about sustainable eating and sustainable lifestyles. Ayurveda is a 5000 year old Vedic science that describes how to live in harmony with the environment and one's natural constitution to obtain and maintain health and happiness.

Tuesday 17 May
- Free vegan lunch! 12-2pm, Quad.
- Oxfam coffee break - fair-trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate, 11-2pm, Quad.
- Tumeke bicycle-powered smoothie maker + minor repairs, 11-2pm, Quad.
- Reggae and mantra music with Shabda, 12-1pm, Quad.
- Bicycle maintenance workshop, 2-3pm, Cap and Gown lounge (under Shads) with free repair kits and bike bands!
- Beyond the Tipping Point: An alternative perspective to the current emergency situation facing humanity, with Vedic studies speaker. 5-6pm, Commerce A - G14. How do we respond to the idea of ‘time running out?’ One easy way is to come and hear an alternative perspective and solution to the current emergency facing humanity today. Speaker: Bhadrasena, Joint hons in Anth/Soc and 10 years of Vedic studies and practice.
- Engineers Without Borders Seminar: Architect Barry Copeland on the Get Across Harbour Bridge Campaign, 6-8pm, Engineering 3.402.

Wednesday 18 May
- Free vegan lunch! 12-2pm, Quad.
- Club and organisation stalls, Quad.
- Oxfam coffee break - fair-trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate, 11-2pm, Quad.
- Can you go rubbish-free for a year? Minimise your waste with Wavenley Warth and Auckland councillor Wayne Walker, 6.30-8pm, Lib B10. Wavenley and her husband went rubbish free in 2008 – an amazing feat! Learn about techniques to reduce waste in our everyday lives and what Auckland Council has planned to reduce household waste in the future.
- Engineers Without Borders Seminar: Niel de Jong on designing truly sustainable homes, 6-8pm, Engineering 4.404.

Thursday 19 May
- Flat composting workshop, 12-1pm, Clubs Space.
- Save money at the flat! Energy efficiency and water minimisation with Ecomatters, 1-2pm, Engineering 3.402.
Learn about water-saving devices and all sorts of gadgets and tips to keep you warm and saving energy this winter. Freebies included.
- Meet and hear the experiences of NZ Youth Delegation members, 2-3pm, Clubs Space.
- Engineers Without Borders Seminar: Mark Roberts, GreenFleet manager on peak oil, 6-8pm, Engineering 3.407.

Friday 20 May
- Film screening of No Impact Man - inspirational doco on how to live with zero environmental impact, 4-6pm, Clubs Space.

Any further inquiries, contact the AUSA Environmental Affairs Officer, Annie Cao at eao@ausa.org.nz. Please help spread the word by inviting your friends on the facebook event page.

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