Grey Lynn 2030 column in the November Ponsonby News

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If you are interested in a sustainable and resilient future for Auckland the results of the Local Government elections should be heartening especially at Local Board level.   Individuals and teams across Auckland have been elected on a commitment to make the environment a priority and to empower local communities.  

I feel very honoured to have been re-elected to the Waitemata Local Board with the support of Grey Lynn 2030. With a great team on the Board we have the opportunity to continue the direction we set last term to foster and develop vibrant, connected and sustainable communities.  Initiatives underway include establishing a community-led Resource Recovery Centre, developing a localised plan to cut carbon emissions and supporting community gardens and fruit tree planting.

Thank you for making the Grey Lynn Farmers Market so great!

The Grey Lynn Farmers Market celebrated four years of operation last month on a sunny day with live music from Soul Samba Circus followed by the AGM.  We used the occasion to give thanks to everyone who is part of the Grey Lynn Farmers Market community- the stallholders, farmers, buskers, customers, sponsors, supporters, Friends of the Market and the volunteers behind the scenes who make the market a great place every Sunday.

All of the current volunteer management committee put themselves forward for another year. We are fortunate to have a dedicated team who are committed to providing fresh, local produce for our community. We welcomed back to the committee Treasurer Donald Streeter, Secretary Susanna Stoddart, Maggie Gresson, Charlotte Gordon, Caroline Banks, Javier Egusquiza, and stallholder representative Rebekah Hay supported by market manager Sarah James.

On Sunday 17 November the Market has been invited to Auckland Zoo for a special one -off event as part of Orangutan Caring Week.  All the market stalls will be there making the most of a unique outdoor location (no ticket required). Details onwww.glfm.co.nz

Transition Towns at the Sustainable City Showcase 2013 (1)Transition Towns at the Sustainable City Showcase

Last month Grey Lynn 2030 took part in the Sustainable Business Network’s Sustainable City Showcase at The Cloud as part of a Transition Towns stand.  It was a chance to show off the many initiatives groups from around Auckland have underway and to connect with passionate sustainability champions from the community and business.    Grey Lynn and Ponsonby businesses had a major presence at the showcase including Kokako, Ripe Deli, Raw Essentials, All Good Bananas and Bird on a Wire.

Waste Away at the Grey Lynn Park Festival, Saturday 30 November

Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away will have a Cash for Containers stand at the Grey Lynn Park Festival offering 20 cents per recyclable glass, plastic or can drink container to raise awareness about the need for product stewardship in New Zealand. A requirement for producers and suppliers to take back packaging for reuse would greatly reduce waste to landfill and streams as well as reduce energy required for producing containers.

The festival is on Saturday 30 November, 9.30am – 6pm.

www.greylynn2030.co.nz

This column was first published in the November  2013 edition of Ponsonby News 

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