Grey Lynn Farmers Market AGM 2014

GLFM signAll are welcome to attend the GLFM AGM on Sunday 2nd November
Join us for a shared lunch at 1pm followed by the AGM starting at 1.30pm
Balcony Room, Grey Lynn Community Centre.
Nominations are invited for the GLFM management committee
Please email your nomination  to Louise  at

All Friends of the market are members of the GLFM incorporated society and entitled to vote at the AGM. It costs $30 per year to become a Friend/member providing a range of member benefits.

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Jumble Sale: Conservation Week 2014 Reuse to Reduce Market

Rummage Sale Auckland ZooSaturday 1 November 2014, 9:30am to 3:00pm

In partnership with Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away, and as part of Conservation Week 2014 (1-9 November), Auckland Zoo is holding a Reuse to Reduce Market.

This year’s Conservation Week theme is ‘discover the world where you live’ and the market’s aim is to get people thinking and looking at ways to help keep the world on our doorstep beautiful.

According to Zero Waste New Zealand, surveys show that 30% to 50% of inorganic material is reusable or recyclable.

We are asking for donations of household goods to sell, such as furniture, kitchenware, bric-a-brac, crockery, books and fabric/textiles/blankets. NB All items in good condition please.

Money raised during the market will go to Auckland Zoo conservation and Grey Lynn 2030’s Waste Away Project.

On the day there will be stalls with local businesses talking about their products which are all made from and inspired by reused materials.

Information will also be available about the many conservation projects Auckland Zoo is involved in.

Drop off details

You are able to drop your donations in to containers located outside Auckland Zoo -within the car park- on the days and times below:

• Tuesday 14 October 6pm-8pm
• Sunday 19 October 8.30am-10.30am
• Wednesday 22 October 6pm-8pm
• Saturday 25 October 8.30am-10.30am
• Thursday 30 October 6pm-8pm
• Friday 31 October 6pm-8pm

Grey Lynn 2030 is a local response to the ideas of the Transition initiative. Grey Lynn 2030 is a participatory community organisation promoting and engaging in building neighbourhood spirit and cooperation while working towards a vision a self–reliant, positive, resilient, vibrant, connected and sustainable community.

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To: The Castle – A Group Art Show in Grey Lynn

The castle poster

Saturday 4 October: 2 – 8pm  (with refreshments after 5pm)

Sunday    5 October 10-4pm

Venue: 3 Castle Street, Grey Lynn

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Wilton Picnic Patch

Wilton Picnic PatchWilton Picnic Patch began life as the Wilton Street Community Gardens. Now reduced in size it is still an organic garden focusing on edibles. It’s behind The Gypsy Tearoom.

By early summer 2014 it will be weeded and replanted and two picnic tables will be available for anyone to call in for a visit, or bring a picnic lunch and relax in the bountiful small garden.

It’s child friendly – fenced and a secure gate. We’ll build a bug hotel – ‘The Wilton Hilton’, for kids to enjoy once we have spring planting completed.

Meanwhile, we welcome any help volunteered and any visitors who would like to enjoy this wee gem as we do. The gate is not locked.
And if anyone would like to take away the huge pile of weeds (we haven’t yet reconstructed the compost set-up) we would be stoked!

The Wilton Picnic Patch on Facebook

Contact: Fionna Hill

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People’s climate march Auckland

peoples climate actionAs part of a historical global movement, on Sunday 21st September 2014 at 1pm from Britomart Train Station to Aotea Square, we, the people, will come together to help show the WORLD that WE CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE! The Auckland People’s Climate March will show Aotearoa’s own leaders that we care deeply about climate change and what that climate change is doing to our planet Earth. The marches from all over the world will be seen by the delegates at the UN Climate Summit , including the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama himself at the New York City meeting.

People from over 100 different countries are going to March for Climate Change in their towns and cities and will send at the photos and digital footage to Avaaz who will present it, to the UN delegation on the 23rd September in NYC.

Come and join together to show the world Auckland, New Zealand cares about the Earth! Wear a green heart (the international symbol for the day) and make a banner or sign for the UN delegates to see! There will be music and performers at Aotea Square – bring the whole family – children are most welcome! More entertainment to be announced…

Spread the word by sharing this event with your Facebook friends, telling others about the event, tweeting @climatemarchAKL or any other means you can to increase the groundswell of interest. Be part of history on the 21st September 2014!

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Update on the campaign to ban single use plastic bags in Auckland

Steph Borrelle presenting to Auckland Council. Photo Credit: Cathy Casey

Steph Borrelle presenting to Auckland Council. Photo Credit: Cathy Casey

As California moves to ban single use plastic bags and the threat of plastic in our oceans grows greater the campaign in Auckland builds momentum. Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away is supporting Steph Borelle’s petition to ban plastic bags.  Last week she presented to the public forum of the Environment, Climate Change and Natural Heritage Committee. In response the Committee has requested that officers evaluate options and recommend actions for the minimisation of single-use plastic bag use in Auckland and report back to the committee.

Colinda Rowe, Chair of Grey Lynn 2030 reports on Plastic Bag Free Day held in July

Grey Lynn went plastic bag free for a day on Thursday 31st July and the Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away group was overwhelmed with the support that this initiative gained!  Most of the 40 or so retailers we approached were keen to take part and the two Countdown supermarkets – Williamson Ave and Richmond Road also joined this initiative, completing removing all plastic bags from their checkouts on the day and offering customers reusable cloth bags instead.

Waste Away team plastic bag free dayWandering around the Grey Lynn and West Lynn shopping precincts on the day it was great to see locals using cloth bags or simply carrying a couple of loose items.  Retailers reported that most of their customers were happy to go without plastic bags for a day and received many positive comments on the initiative.  We hope this will encourage our community to reduce their plastic bag usage on an ongoing basis.

The day coincided with the handing over of a petition calling for a ban of plastic bags in Auckland to Mayor Len Brown.  The petition was spearheaded by marine biologist Steph Borelle, who wants to see the introduction of a bylaw that will phase out single use plastic bags in the city over the coming years.  More than 3,300 people signed the petition.

The movement to ban plastic bags continues to gain traction across the world.  Bangladesh was one of the first, banning plastic bags in 2002 after they were found to be partially responsible for the flooding that submerged most of the country by clogging up drains.  Many other cities/countries around the world, including Ireland, Rwanda, India and several states in Australia are either banning plastic bags or imposing a fee.

Plastic bags are extremely harmful for the environment—they choke wildlife, they don’t break down in landfills, they add to our demand for oil and they are hard to recycle  Yet, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used around the world every year.  The ridiculous thing is that most of these bags are used for around 15-20 minutes and then take up to 1,000 years to break down in landfill.

Auckland retailers support plastic bag free movement. TVNZ coverage of plastic bag free day

Plastics may pose a greater threat than climate change - NZ Herald 27 August 2014

Interested in getting involved? email

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