Grey Lynn 2030 last update for 2009

10 December 2009
In This Issue:

Think Global Act Local – Hopenhagen
Festive Season events
Grey Lynn Farmers Market
Traffic Calming
Waste Away
Wilton Street Community Gardens update
Grey Lynn 2030 in 2010
Welcome to our last update of 2009. It has been huge year for Grey Lynn 2030 as we have grown to a community of almost 800 supporters (over 500 friends on Facebook!), with regular meetings, active focus groups, a strong vision and above all lots of practical action.

Even with the end of the year in sight we are still being kept busy with submissions due this Friday on the Local Government Commission proposals for wards, local boards and boundaries and huge concerns about the  farming practices being proposed in the Mackenzie Basin (the Greens website has information on the  factory farming proposal including advice on how to submit).

It is not all hard work though. Details of the festive season events that the Grey Lynn 2030 community has been invited to are below. It will also be a really social time at the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market special Twilight Market to be held on Saturday 19th 6-9pm so we hope to see you there.

A BIG thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last year.

Wishing you a happy and sustainable festive season.

Think Global Act Local – Hopenhagen
Age of Stupid
For one of our movie fundraisers this year we were really lucky to screen  Age of Stupid. Since then we have been super impressed with director Franny Armstrong’s continuing campaign for action on climate change.  You can read Franny and her team’s latest – often very funny -exploits in the lead up to Copenhagen on our website.
Climate Action Vigils
This weekend people in communities all over the world will light candles at  climate vigils with one united message – The World Wants a Real Deal.

Join the vigil for the Climate.
Friday 11th, 9pm Queens warf, by the ferry building.
Bring warm dark clothes and a candle

Vigils can be found on the 350, TckTckTck, or AVAAZ websites or register your own one.

Festive Season Events
Friday December 11th from 6pm
Transition Pt Chev Christmas get together

Southern end of Pt Chev Beach – that is the Harbour View Rd end, NOT the Coyle Park end.

Bring food to share, your own plates, cutlery and drinks – and if you have a guitar bring that along too. Everyone welcome

Sunday 13th December @ 2pm

Celebrating our Summer Christmas with carols and strawberries

St Columba Church gardens, 92 Surrey Crescent.

Decorate your hat and enter the competition. Prizes for best adult hat and best Childs hat.

Bring Strawberries to share

Join the singing; listen to City Songbirds Choir

For more information see or phone 3764229

Friday 18 December from 5.30pm

Auckland Greens End of Year Celebration

Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre

510 Richmond Road

Your hosts: Keith Locke MP and David Clendon MP, and the Greater Auckland Green Party

All members, supporters and friends welcome!

Grey Lynn Farmers Market
The holiday season is upon us and what better place to find the freshest local foods for your holidays feasts than the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market! From local meats to homemade baked goods, delicious preserves to fresh produce (and more!) — the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market has a variety of great products that will add that… special local touch to any holiday celebration all while supporting your local food vendors and the greater Grey Lynn community!
If you have a surplus of fresh produce or seedlings, remember you can bring it along to sell or barter at the Ooooby stall. It’s a real help if you can bag it up in salable units before you arrive and pop your name and a price on the bags.

So, come and join us again at the Grey Lynn Farmer’s Market on Sunday, 13th December from 8am ’til 12pm at the Grey Lynn Community Centre.

Plus, save the date: The Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market is hosting a Twilight Market on the last Saturday before Christmas, 19th December from 6pm to 9pm, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn.Come and buy all those last minute Christmas treats and gifts in our festive atmosphere with live music to get you into the holiday spirit. This is your last chance to top up your Christmas stocks with fresh, locally grown produce or buy a gift with a local Kiwi story behind it. Make it a community affair this Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you at the market!

Traffic Calming
A reminder about the Traffic Survey – it only takes 3 minutes
if you  work, live, or play in Grey Lynn please take a couple of minutes to do this survey so we have a better idea about traffic issues and concerns Please also forward on the link to your networks.

The Grey Lynn 2030 bunting looked amazing decorating the Eco Space at the Grey Lynn Park Festival.  We have it to share so if you would like to borrow the  bunting for your street party please contact us.

Waste Away update
Want a fantastic idea for a Christmas gift?
A worm farm or a Bokashi system is a great gift for friends and family to introduce them to the delights and satisfaction of managing their household or workplace foodwaste in their own gardens.

Bokashi is a great way to deal with foodwaste while camping or renting a bach.  Take your Bokashi buckets away with you to that idyllic spot and prevent your foodwaste being a problem for another community.  Fill your bucket and bury it your garden on your return.

The Bokashi juice is also very beneficial for septic tanks.

The Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away group is taking action to reduce foodwaste to landfill within our community. Do you know that approx 30% of household rubbish by weight is foodwaste?

We are promoting the responsible practice of keeping food waste out of landfills and using it in our gardens as a resource to grow healthy soils, healthy food and healthy people!  Also we are encouraging the prevention of wasting food in the first place. Your action with this will reduce the amount of foodwaste that ends up in landfills.

Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away are suppliers of Bokashi Buckets and Worm Farms! We are a not-for-profit organisation so we keep the prices low for you. If you would like to purchase Bokashi Buckets or a Worm Farm for a thoughtful Christmas gift or want more information about these systems, please email: or phone Winnie 360-7265 or Lynn 376-6376…or visit the team of ‘Wasters’ at the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market at Grey Lynn Community Centre.

‘Share some worms this Christmas ~~~!!’

Wilton Street Community Garden update
Recent rain was very welcome in the garden which has suffered from the long
cold and dry spring, this has really highlighted for us the importance of
securing a sustainable water source on site – our next big project which we
are currently focused on.

Last weekend we shared our first harvest – all taking home lovely lettuce.
Our lovely big potato crop will be ready for xmas and we plan to have a
potato party for year end.  All our friends and those who have supported us
during the year are invited to call in to the garden and join us for a spud.
This will be on our regular working bee time Sunday morning 10 am-ish 20th
Dec. – nothing flash – we are all too tired!

Two of our gardeners plus dogs joined the Sign On march on Saturday along
with Judith and Gael from Mt Eden Village People – a great day out – see

Thanks to all who have helped the Community Garden this year, donating time,
materials, money and not least encouragement. It has been an exciting year,
we have all had so much pleasure from the garden and forged some wonderful
friendships. Merry Christmas to all

Greenscreen held the last film of the year on the last Friday of November.  The film was The History of Oil – a funny and sharp commentary on the history of oil and its relationship to wars of the 20th and 21st centuries.  We celebrated the end of the year with popcorn for all, provided care of Kail’s mum’s popcorn machine, held in beautifully constructed paper cups made by Pania.

Greenscreen will take a break for a few months as everyone enjoys the sunny evenings.  We will reconvene at the end of February or March.

If you would like to get involved in hosting future Greenscreen events, or have an idea for a film, please contact Eva:

GL2030 in 2010
We have a whole heap of ideas for monthly meetings next year. Our first  get together will be a social summer occasion on Wednesday 10 February . Details will be out in our first update for 2010 at the end of January but please put the second Wednesday in your diary now as the evening every month to come along to the Grey Lynn Community Centre at 7.30pm

Why not get more actively involved with the steering committee in 2010?. In particular we are looking for someone who would enjoy keeping our website up to date.  Please contact

Happy New Year