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Organic NZ Nov/Dec 2018

Organic NZ is filled with info to live a healthier lifestyle - for you and the planet! Published by the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, working since 1941 for sustainable organic agricultural and good health. Topics range from home garden to large-scale success stories; eco-building; urban organics; genetic engineering & chemical issues; food matters & natural health.

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New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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look to the stars

The rising of the star Aotahi (Canopus) signals the arrival of spring – warmer weather everywhere as our internal garden is nourished. We look to the stars as a reminder to give thanks to you all for your enduring support and understanding that we are part of a bigger solution. Our combined efforts are centred on nurturing wellness, and place our Earth Mother above all else. This is wonderful work. Soil & Health will soon be sending out our annual appeal seeking your further support to strengthen our campaigns as we still have so much more that we simply must do together. As we foster the seeds for partnerships the key lies in our collective ability to create the contexts and work together to creatively build our desired futures. If you think you…

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our people

Charlie Noyer Charlie joined the Soil & Health/Organic NZ team in March and works in our Wellington office looking after our membership and subscription database. It’s great to have his skills to keep the database up-to-date, to ensure that you as subscribers receive your magazines. Charlie is currently studying music production and sound engineering at Te Auaha, the New Zealand Institute of Creativity. Doris Zuur Doris Zuur has spent 25 years raising a family with her husband Bob, and co-founded and managed the Te Ra Waldorf Primary School in Raumati (a Steiner school). She is now freelancing from home, hosting their bed and breakfast guests, and catering wholesome organic home-cooked meals. This leaves plenty of space for her passion for adult education in sustainable living, embracing the permaculture approach of Toru Education. The 15-day residential…

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too precious to trash

Are we listening to the Earth? She’s calling us to draw deep into the well of our moral courage, and change our lives for the better. The latest report on climate change again calls for immediate and radical action in all aspects of our lives: food production, energy, transport, building and so on, in order not to tip the environmental balance over into chaos. It’s easy to feel depressed by the problems we’ve already created: climate change and environmental destruction. While this is a totally valid and understandable response, and at times I feel a cynical despair, right now I feel infused with hope. What makes me feel hopeful are the many wonderful people I’m in contact with every day, who are acting in big and little ways to care for the…

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your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. REMOVING JASMINE I wonder if anyone has had experience of attempting to remove a jasmine invasion? Not realising quite how pernicious this stuff is in our Northland climate I rather ignored it for too long. Subsequently it has climbed 20–30 feet up several trees and formed an impenetrable mat covering large areas of the ground. I have now undertaken a major assault in the form of a flamethrower, and nonindustrial weedkiller – a strong salt and vinegar solution. (I refuse point blank even to consider my local nursery’s instant ‘solution’ of Roundup.) My campaign is partially successful – I have cleared perhaps a quarter of the area, but certainly not killed the jasmine as it seems to be able to resprout from some amazingly…

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competitions

Be in to win! Tui organic gardening products Win one of three Tui organic gardening packs! Spring is the perfect time to get your garden sorted. Nothing beats the taste of fresh seasonal vegetables harvested from your own patch, or the sweet scent of flowers blooming in your backyard. Gardening with Tui’s range of products that are certified organic by BioGro means you can rest assured you have maximised the natural goodness in your garden. Each pack includes their full BioGro certified range of Organic Vegetable Mix, Organic Potting Mix, Organic Compost, Organic Seed Raising Mix, Organic General Fertiliser and Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic for a naturally flourishing garden. tuiproducts.co.nz Earth Monkey raw artisan chocolate Three lucky winners will each receive a festive selection of Earth Monkey chocolate valued at $100! Driven by a…

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news

Radical action needed to avoid worst impacts of climate change Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC of pre-industrial levels would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC has clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, and could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society. Swift and radical transitions are needed in land-use, energy, industry, construction, transport and cities. “The report makes clear that without unprecedented cuts to emissions now, we will have fewer opportunities to develop sustainably and will be required to rely increasingly on unproven, risky and possibly socially undesirable technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere in the future,” said Associate…

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