Workshops and Excursions
Most workshops and events are free, unless there is a material cost. Bookings are essential, visit Eventbrite/No8 Wire Week to view full list of events and to register, or click on the links below.
BARE ESSENTIALS: ZERO WASTE NATURAL BODY CARE
SATURDAY 15TH JULY, 1:30 - 3:00PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Hannah and Liam, of The Rubbish Trip show you how to make a range of body care products, zero waste! From toothpaste and deodorants to face cleansers and body scrubs. BYO containers to take home samples.
BIKE MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP: BASIC
WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY, 10:00 - 12:00PM, ST PETER’S VILLAGE HALL, BEACH RD, PAEKĀKĀRIKI
Learn how to fix punctures, oil up your cables and get your bike running smoothly. Koha to bike library.
BIKE MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP
FRIDAY 21ST JULY, 10:00 - 1:00PM, ST PETER’S VILLAGE HALL, BEACH RD, PAEKĀKĀRIKI
Learn more advanced skills of fixing your bike like adjusting your brakes and getting your gears running smoothly. Bookings essential. Find out more and register.
BUILD YOUR OWN TOTE BOX
SATURDAY 15TH JULY, 3:00 - 4:30PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE Find out more and register.
SATURDAY 22ND JULY, 3:00 - 4:30PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE Find out more and register.
Practice your woodworking skills and put together your own tote box to take home. Learn how to use a battery powered drill. Sanders will be available to get your tote box looking smooth!
DIY HOME CLEANING PRODUCTS WITH FIGGY & CO.
SATURDAY 22ND JULY, 10:00 - 11:30AM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Figgy & Co will show you how to make your own all natural and non toxic home cleaners to reduce the chemical burden on your body and the environment. Find out more and register.
DIY RAIN BARRELS
FRIDAY 21ST JULY, 11AM ONWARDS, NGAHINA KINDERGARTEN/KĀPITI SCHOOL COMMUNITY GARDEN
Watch and learn as Brian Falkner of RainHarvest Products installs a simple downpipe diverter and two-barrel system on a plastic pallet stand. Bring the kids along and check out the developing community garden space.
EVERYTHING BUT THE BEES
SUNDAY 16TH JULY, 11:30 - 1:00PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Take part in interactive demonstrations to discover and sample the incredible benefits and products that bees provide. Also, find out how we can help make sure that bees are around for future generations.
FRESHLY FORAGED SOUP
SATURDAY 15TH JULY, 10:00 - 11:30AM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE GARDEN & KITCHEN
Green Gardener Hannah Zwartz will forage the college garden for edibles, then transform them into a pot of tasty soup in the college kitchen. Ka pai te kai! Find out more and register.
GET MOBILE, GET GARDENING
SUNDAY 16TH JULY, 10:00 - 11:30AM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Improve mobility when gardening. Learn five smart tips so you can move more easily and feel good the next day. No stretching or straining involved, the tips help no matter what your level of mobility.
SATURDAY 22ND JULY, 11:30 - 1:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Hannah Zwartz will walk you through creating an asparagus bed. Once a bed’s established you can keep picking this spring treat for 20 years or more. Bring garden gloves and suitable shoes. Find out more and register.
LAWNMOWER MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 1:30 - 3:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Come along and learn basic maintenance of how to look after your lawnmower. Find out more and register.
MAKE A HERBAL RONGOĀ SALVE
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 11:30 - 1:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Hariata Higgott makes rongoā blends from plants including eucalyptus, comfrey, tarata, māhoe, calendula and kawakawa. Learn about their uses and cook up a salve to take home. $5 for materials, BYO scissors & small jar.
MAKE A KAWAKAWA SALVE
SUNDAY 16 JULY, 1.30 - 3:00PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Make a kawakawa salve with SandRa from Stoney Ground Herbs - good for cuts, wounds, bruises, burns, nettle stings, itchy skin or pimples. Over a cup of tea learn about other herbs and take home your own pot of salve. $5 for materials, containers provided, or BYO. Find out more and register.
MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELLERY
SATURDAY 22ND JULY, 11:30 - 1:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Environmental jeweller JoAnna Mere shows how to make jewellery using items from your home and the beach. Bring your broken jewellery, a notebook and pencil and create your own wearable treasure. $10pp.
MAKE YOUR OWN SAUERKRAUT
SATURDAY 22ND, 1:30 - 3:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Learn about sauerkraut and make your own to ferment at home. Learn the stages of fermentation, how it works, what it is and why fermented foods are important to humans. All ingredients provided. Gold coin donation. Find out more and register.
ORGANIC WEED MANAGEMENT
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 3:00 - 4:30PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE GARDEN
Weeds are a part of every garden. Find out about good weeds, edible weeds, medicinal weeds, weeds that aren’t worth fretting over and weeds that certainly are. Find out more and register.
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 10:00 - 11:30AM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Paper is everywhere but do you know it’s history, or how it is made? Come and learn about the origins of paper and how you can turn common plants into paper pulp. Have a go at making some paper from New Zealand flax.
SUNDAY 16TH JULY, 3:00 - 4:30PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE GARDEN
A gathering of gardeners from expert to novice. Learn from the locals and find out about the Kāpiti seed bank. Bring and swap any seeds you have and learn how to store them for next season. Find out more and register.
THE ART OF PRESERVING
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 1:30 - 3:30PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Learn the basics of preserving including sterilisation, different methods, and ideas for every season. You will make a grapefruit curd as well as another item using locally grown seasonal produce. Find out more and register.
SATURDAY 15TH JULY, 11:30- 1:00PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Bring new life into preloved T-shirts. Nina King will show you how to restyle and reinvent your T’s to create new fashion items. Ages 12+. Find out more and register.
GEMS OF THE KAPITI COAST BY BIKE
TUESDAY 18TH JULY, 10:00 - 12:30PM, MEET AT TE NEWHANGA KĀPITI COMMUNITY CENTRE
Come on a two and a half hour bike tour to discover some of the hidden gems in the Paraparaumu and Waikanae river area (mainly off road). Bookings required
MONDAY 17TH JULY, 1:00 - 3:30PM, MEET AT AMES ST RESERVE, PAEKĀKĀRIKI
Come and explore the Kohekohe forest loop track, Meet at the entrance to Ames St Reserve (SH1 end of Ames Street). The tour through the forest can be steep and slippery in places so wear suitable walking shoes and bring warm clothing. Register here.
PLANTING IN QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 9:30AM ONWARDS
Meet at the north end of Tilley Road, Paekākāriki to get involved in planting beside the Te Aro O Whareroa shared path in Queen Elizabeth Park. No need to book.
WHAREROA PLANTING & BIODIVERSITY WALK
SUNDAY 16TH JULY, 9:00 - 11:00AM, WHAREROA FARM RESERVE
Bring the children and help make some little plants happy by getting them in the ground, then come on a guided tour of Whareroa farm and check out the weta houses. Please indicate if you are coming for catering purposes. Register here.