Sustainable Living Centre Workshops and Seminars – September 2009


Sustainable Living Centre

Trees in the Urban Environment

Part 1of 8 part series: Introduction
Wed 16 September 6-9pm $80 for 8 sessions or $15 each
Daphne Mitten, Landscape Architect, and course coordinator

Introduction to The Tree Council’s vision for encouraging awareness and sense of ownership of the region’s trees by giving the course participants a practical and theoretical foundation in tree management. Presentation on the environmental value of trees. Explanation of the Assignment briefs: Assignment 1: A portfolio of 10 actual trees in your locality including one Great Tree; Assignment 2: A brief presentation on the final day of the course, to your peers, about your selected Great Tree of Auckland.

Trees in the Urban Environment

Part 2 of 8 part series: Tree Identification & field trip
Sat 19 September 9-4pm $80 for 8 sessions or $15 each
Lesley Haines, Senior Lecturer, Landscape Architecture, UNITEC, and co- author with The Tree Council of the course structure and content.

Tree Identification: Taxonomy, purposes and significance, Leaf Identification: parts, arrangement & shapes; Plant Identification Keys; The Herbarium- Functions & establishment; Variety of our native urban forest

FIELD TRIP – Auckland’s vegetation, climate, physiography, factors affecting changes. Visits to a colonial plantation park, gully forest, kauri forest, lava forest, coastal forest, and overview of urban forest of Auckland.


Spring Action ‘A fine sense of timing’
Sat 26 Sept 8.30am-10.30am 11am-1pm (repeat) $20
Richard Main, co-founder Unitec Hort Sanctuary, environmental educator

An 8-part practical series designed to get participants up-skilled in home fruit and vege production. This module covers: Planting selection and schedule; Model organic garden visit – experience the Unitec Hortecology Sanctuary; Spring planting cycle.

Trees in the Urban Environment

Part 3 of 8 part series: What tree where?
Wed 30 September 6-9pm $80 for 8 sessions or $15 each
Penny Cliffin, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director, Landscape Design, UNITEC. Penny completed a Master’s thesis on Tree Collections of Auckland in 2002.

Trees for places, plant adaptation: Tree characteristics and types; Presentation on a comprehensive range of trees suitable for planting in the Auckland region; Understanding how trees adapt to survive in their natural habitat; Researching trees suitable for certain situations.

Other events:

Biodynamic Organic Gardening Group

BD Stir and tour of Jenny Freewalker’s garden
When: Sat 5 September 10.30 – 12.30pm
Cost: $5 new annual membership + koha
Venue: 82A Astley Ave, New Lynn (house at rear) – please park on roadside
Bring: Glass jar with lid, food to share, things to trade
Bookings essential: phone 826 4276 or email

Jenny has a productive garden with chooks and incorporates biodynamic, organic, permaculture, square foot gardening principles. Her challenges to the site are wind, hungry tree roots, less than optimum sun and space.

All inquiries please phone Finn on 021 562 995 or email
Interested in learning practical sustainable design skills?
Come along to an upcoming Auckland Permaculture Design Certificate module. There is something for everyone. Everyone is welcome. Attend as many or as few as desired. No previous permaculture or design experience required.

–>August 29, 2009
Module 16. Retrofitting Your House
Guest Tutor – Jerome Partington – Sustainability Manager, Jasmax
Introduction to residential / suburban retrofit and redesign; Working with existing structures; Improving energy efficiency; Creating healthy living environments; Utilising appropriate home technologies; Household waste and water management.

September 5, 2009
Module 17. Civil Defense and Resilience
Guest Tutor – Michele Daly – Disaster Risk Management, Team Leader, beca
Introduction to natural disasters and risk management – volcanoes/geothermal, epidemics, fire, droughts, floods, erosion/slips, earthquakes, tsunamis; Recognising risk and hazard; Coping with dramatic and immediate change; Auckland Evacuation Plan; Emergency response – first aid, basic sanitation, potable water, shelter, food storage and natural food sources, natural medicines, cleaning agents.

September 12, 2009

Introduction to Permaculture Design
Module 2. Landscape Analysis and Design
Observation and interactions with nature and the landscape; Landscape and site and sector analysis including – topography, hydrology, ecology, soil, micro-climates; Understanding and working with external influences, variation, and change; Landscape management; Integration of uses; Site specific design with nature – designing for place.

September 26, 2009
Module 19. Facilitating Change
Guest Tutor – Daniel Nepia – Community development worker; facilitator; Director, Social Experiment

–>Introduction to community development work; Group Dynamics; Working with groups; Building teams; Facilitating dialogue; Meetings and projects; Decision making processes;Conflict resolution; Community advocacy and development.

For more information or to register contact Marshall Design Studio at / 021 562 995

We will provide more detailed information once participants have registered.

To book your general workshop contact ** ECOMATTERS’ MAIN OFFICE **
ph 826 4276 / email Therese Mangos

Sustainable Living Centre
EcoMatters Environment Trust
4 Olympic Place, PO Box 15 215
New Lynn, Waitakere City 0640
Tel 09 826 0555 Fax 826 0557