Profile - Kakariki Street, Paekakariki
Average personal environmental footprint - October 2010
= 2.9 Earths
In their own words:
“We are a group of neighbours from the North End of Paekākāriki, the cul-de-sacs of Haumia Street and north Tilley Rd and the section of Te Miti Street that links them, that have joined together for the Greenest Street Competition. We are ‘Kakariki Street’ for short.
“The area is low-lying and backs onto farmland and Queen Elizabeth Park. The properties are on sandy soil and often experience windy and dry conditions.
“The neighbourhood consists of single story 1960s weatherboard houses. Households are predominately medium-sized families and retirees. It is a safe environment for the neighbourhood children to play and roam around in.
“Some households are well-established and have done a lot to their houses and properties to reduce their environmental footprint. Others are new arrivals to the area and have a long way to go. This is an artistic community that is actively interested in environmental issues and community building.”
Their ideas and aspirations for the competition:
- Get to know each other better
- Strengthen our sense of community
- Minimise impact on the environment
- Hold working bees to complete Greenest Street projects
- Pool resources (trade/exchange/borrow)
- Waste reduction/recycling
- Communal orchard – more fruit trees on the streets and horse track
- Share research on green projects online
- Co-ordinated rat cull (for the benefit of the birds!)
- Use Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Eco Design Advisor service
- Insulate hot water cylinders and pipes. Insulate houses.
- Car pool to work, school, activities and shopping