Workshops and Events

Gaining Skills for sustainable living

Workshops and Events

Gaining Skills for
Sustainable Living


Sustainable Papakura is pleased to offer a range of workshops to support Sustainable Living and Waste Minimisation, and to provide an opportunity to learn new skills, learn about waste issues, meet others with mutual interests and experience the excitement of 'Making Your Own'. Some workshops are free, some include a materials fee, others attract a workshop fee.


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Our Sustainable Living Skills Workshop Facilitator

As a Facilitator, Sue Ollerton brings creativity, sewing and craft skills, extensive knowledge and passion for sustainability and a love of people to her role. With her help, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Our Sustainable Living Skills Workshop Facilitator

As a Facilitator, Sue Ollerton brings creativity, sewing and craft skills, extensive knowledge and passion for sustainability and a love of people to her role. With her help, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.

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Sustainable Living Workshops

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Wanting to live more sustainably at home? Join us for a range of workshops that will help you learn new skills for re-using and repurposing, reduce packaging and plastics, lighten your carbon footprint and save you dollars. Whether it's learning to make your own cleaning mixes, composting your food waste or repurposing used items,  these workshops will give you the satisfaction of having Made it Yourself.
Workshops are low cost, family friendly and a great chance to meet like minded others. 

Kids Waste-Free Activities

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Kids After School and Holiday Time programmes enable them to participate in a wide variety of activities which encourage creativity and promote skills, while they learn to be resourceful and waste wise by re-using and re-purposing. Some Holiday programmes may be run in conjunction with the Library or other organisations.

Kids programmes are free, but a Gold Coin fee may apply for materials. All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

project working bees

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Getting involved with our Community projects through regular working bees is a great way to contribute to your community, promote sustainability, and connect with like minded others in your community. It is also an opportunity to learn new skills. Currrent projects are making Awhio Mai Peke re-useable bags, tending the Urban Edible Planters, and knitting slippers for local kids. 

Events 

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Regular and one off events are another way to learn about living more sustainably. These include weekly Drop-in Sessions, a Monthly Market, a bi-annual Art Competition,  stalls at local events, and participation in the Papakura Christmas Parade. as well as our volunteer programme.

Online Workshops

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From time to time we release virtual Sustainable Living Skills workshops on our Facebook Page. These remain available for viewing at any time and new releases will be advertised on facebook and website calendars. Currently you will find activities for celebrating Easter and Anzac Day using materials found at home, and a series about worm composting. 

Member Only Events

As a Charitable Trust, Sustainable Papakura depends on a voluntary workforce. We like to host occasional events to recognize and celebrate the volunteers who make it possible to work towards our mission of creating a sustainable community. We also want to provide opportunities for volunteers to contribute their ideas and feedback on the Trust’s plans and operations. These events appear here on our website calendar for your convenience. 

ideas for future workshops

Use the contact form below to let us know if you would be interested in any of these workshops. Also tell us if you have any ideas!

- Journal  Making

- Waste  101 

- Food  Foraging

Pamper  Day  

- Harakeke

- Fermented  Foods