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The Good Life Talks


Thu 8 Oct 2015, 6:30pm–9:00pm

Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: festival

Heard about the house that heats itself? Could you go a year without sending any rubbish to landfill? Imagine creating an award-winning social enterprise from used pallets?

An entertaining evening of short talks, wine and nibbles in the company of some of Auckland’s most inspirational and pioneering sustainable-living practitioners.

MC Rick Leckinger (actor & broadcaster) from Keep Auckland Beautiful (pictured left) introduces:

Nicholas Mayne: Looking After Your Own Backyard – Activist, father, and a guy who gets the importance of creating pockets of Eden in his community.

Finn Mackesy: Ponderings On Permaculture – Educator, design consultant, and permaculture guru working for Auckland’s Permaculture Workshops.

Ewan Briggs: The House That Heats Itself – A materials engineer cum sustainability consultant, Ewan is neck-deep in the design and building of his dream home, with a little help from one or two straw bales.

Waveney Warth: Living A Year Without Waste – If there is a rubbish-free way to do something, Waveney will probably have the answer. In an experiment she and her partner went rubbish-free for a year and sent 2kg of waste to landfill, instead of the 1.5 tons sent every year by the average Kiwi couple.

Nicola Cronin & Leigh Quadling-Miernik: The Community Fruit Harvesting Project – Two ladies living the super good life, not only as active community gardeners, but ambassadors for the Community Fruit Harvesting Project, redistributing excess produce to people in need.

Adriana Christie: A Kingdom Built On Pallets – Winner of the Japha award, Adriana is a Colombian dynamo who engages refugees in the reengineering of salvaged pallets into bespoke furniture.

Tina & Rory Coombs: Dream Home, Real Budget – A couple with ‘champagne tastes but lemonade pockets’, whose journey to build a passive solar home realistically blends getting what you want for what you can afford.

Liz Willis: Not In My Backyard – Newspaper editor by day and obsessive gardener the rest of the time, Liz discovered her true gardening mojo and a cool community initiative, in someone else’s garden.

RSVPs essential.
This event is supported with Community Funding from Devonport-Takapuna, Hibiscus & Bays & Kaipatiki Local Boards.

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