Good Good Christmas presents

Gift trees: to the local community nursery Te Kakano or nationwide Gift an experience: a guided garden tour, a cruise, a rental boat… so many things to do in Wanaka, to do together, or with their choice of companionship Gift services: massages, carwash, house cleaning, garden tidy-up… you can do yourself or get aContinue reading “Good Good Christmas presents”

Calling for owners of beautiful gardens in Wanaka

All that is very well,” answered Candide, “but let us cultivate our garden.” -Voltaire 1759.  Inspired by this quote and imbued by a love for nature, Florence Micoud is now sharing her passion by creating outstanding private garden tours in the Wanaka district. “Post covid-19 has opened up new opportunities and catering to the localContinue reading “Calling for owners of beautiful gardens in Wanaka”

Welcome to 2020!

In 2020, New Zealand was supposed to be carbon neutral and organic! In 2000, at the Soil and Health Association New Zealand Conference, more than 400 delegates designed a pathway for ‘making Aotearoa New Zealand organic by 2020’.In 2007 was published  Carbon Neutral by 2020 , a book describing clearly and practically which steps New ZealandContinue reading “Welcome to 2020!”


Programme Monday and Tuesday lunchtime in the North Block: Bag It movie: a fun and interesting documentary on what’s the problem with plastic and how to get rid of it. Come along with your lunch and enjoy! Thursday: Fair Trade Bake Sale lunchtime in the quad  Friday:  Team Green Scavenger hunt in long whanau: all studentsContinue reading “MAC GREEN WEEK”

Measuring progress towards Sustainability

There are many tools to measure a company’s progress towards sustainability. We recommand and use the Future-Fit Business Benchmark® because it clearly and comprehensively defines when and how an activity or business will be sustainable. Developed from The Natural Step principles and science, this audit measures the company’s state in regards of 21 future-fit goalsContinue reading “Measuring progress towards Sustainability”

Implementing a transport policy in your business or organisation

Is your staff arriving late apologizing they couldn’t find a parking place? Are the staff room conversations often moaning about the congestion in Wanaka? Besides, transport makes up 20% of New Zealand’s CO2 emissions. Therefore, each of us needs to take action. It will be fun and cost-effective. We can help you write a transportContinue reading “Implementing a transport policy in your business or organisation”

Passive House Event Report

More than 30 people turned up to Mount Aspiring College new building and became totally inspired and enthused about the Passive House concept. Introduced by Rafe MacLean – designer of the only certified Passive House in Central Otago, the evening started with a presentation of the passive house standard by local architect Jessica Eyers. The standardContinue reading “Passive House Event Report”

Passive House event in Wanaka

Southern Sustainable Building Network invites you to a public event on Passive House for School and Business in Wanaka. Elrond Burrell, Director of VIA Architecture has been invited to speak at a public event on Friday 18th August 2017 at Mt Aspiring College North Block between 7 and 9pm. “Our children deserve healthy, warm learning environments as wellContinue reading “Passive House event in Wanaka”

Greenhouse gas reporting

Greenhouse gas reporting is voluntary for businesses and organisations (while already systematic for some industries). As New Zealand is bound by international agreements, this reporting will sooner or later be compulsory and likely associated with taxes on CO2-equivalents produced. So we might as well anticipate, begin to measure and take steps to reduce our GHGContinue reading “Greenhouse gas reporting”