Profile - Te Roto Road, Otaki
Average personal environmental footprint - October 2010
= 3.6 Earths*
* Average footprint increased from 3.5 to 3.6 with the withdrawal of two households.
In their own words:
“Te Roto Road is a cul-de-sac east of the railway lines in Ōtaki. The area is zoned rural. It has no footpaths and no street lighting. Sections include life-style blocks that vary from 2 acres to 50 acres in size mixed with small residential sized sections.
“The street has ready access to the main town of Ōtaki situated on State Highway 1; it is within 5-10 minutes walking distance.
“The street is also home to the Ōtaki Māori Race Club, the only Māori horse racing club in the world. The race course spreads across most of the eastern side of Te Roto Road.
“Residents utilise additional open space with either gardens or the grazing of livestock including sheep cows, chickens, pigs and for recreation, horses.
“The residents have established regular street meetings created through a neighbourhood support initiaitive. This has meant neighbours are regularly conversing and are supportive of each other. The group stays in touch through irregular meetings and an email list.”
Their ideas and aspirations for the competition:
Reduction of waste through efficient street recycling practices
Most homes have gravel driveways which need to be maintained. A solution to this might be to work with a local recycler to make crushed glass gravel from the bottles collected from the street.
Growing produce and giving excess produce to the local food bank.
Creating renewable energy with small wind turbines
Street workshops on:
- pickling and preserving
- Building outdoor wood-fired pizza ovens
- Building chicken coups – excess eggs can be distributed to street residents and given to the local food bank
Harvesting native seedlings from our properties for sale
Involving the kids in caring for gardens and reducing electricity consumption