Bishop Park Clean Up

Join the Waterbourne movement and ensure our coastlines are clean and safe. With the support of Sustainable Coastlines, we will provide you with the resources to cleanup Wellington beaches whilst getting a better understanding of how you can make a difference in your day to day life.

Not only will you be able to help clean Eastbourne – Petone, but we will also have a team on Ward Island.
Register to join the Waterbourne Beach Clean Up team.

We will Provide for Registered Participants:
– Bags
– Gloves
– Rubbish Disposal
– 1st Aid Trained Staff
– Light refreshments and Water
– Litter Transect Methodology
– East by West Ferry Transport to Matiu Somes Island

What to bring:
– Sturdy shoes (hiking boots are best)
– Raincoat (essential) and warm clothes
– Filled water bottle
– Snacks
– Hat
– Dry top if you like (we may get rained on)

Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

The Waiheke Resources Trust and Island Waste Collective are pleased to host The Rubbish Trip’s popular presentation on zero waste living at the Waiheke Sustainability Centre.

Join Hannah and Liam, the Two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip, for an introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Drawing on their own research and over three years of experience living zero waste, Hannah and Liam will guide you through the whys and the hows of life without a rubbish bin, including:

– What is the zero waste movement? Why is waste reduction important?

– How zero waste principles can revolutionise your perspectives on living and lifestyle, beyond your rubbish bin.

– Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe, and how these might inform community-level waste reduction.

– Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life (including fun DIY household products, cosmetics, and other life hacks).

This event is free; everyone is welcome. Free zero waste nibbles will be provided.

This talk is part of The Rubbish Trip’s travelling project, taking the zero waste message around Aotearoa New Zealand. Follow them on Facebook for updates and upcoming events around the country!1209519-539839-34.png

Eye on Nature

South Auckland’s biggest environmental event, Eye on Nature is back for 2019!

Join hundreds of Auckland families at this eco educational event offering fun games and activities for all ages.


Pop Lab

Pop Lab is a showroom for locally produced, digitally exportable goods. It showcases how sustainable production and conscious consumption reduces waste and connects productive communities. Pop Lab is “Small-Box” retail, the antithesis of a Big-Box retailer, where products are made in the retail space instead of mass-produced.

Retail – Workshop – Installation
Pūmanawa (upstairs in the Boys’ High building)
The Arts Centre of Christchurch
11 December -17 February Open 10am-5pm Tues-Sun


Turn the Tide on Plastic

Every little bit counts towards turning the tide on plastic – including your signature on the Kiwi Bottle Drive petition! P.S. Our Beaches is in full support of this petition, the fantastic cause it represents and are in awe of the amazing work and ideas brewing from the Kiwi Bottle Drive team.

Next month, on Tuesday the 27th of November, people from across Aotearoa are coming together in a day-of-action to turn the tide on plastic. From wherever you are in the country, you can take a small (or big) action to show your support for clean oceans and healthy communities. The Kiwi Bottle Drive team are campaigning for a #CashForTrash bottle deposit system for Aotearoa, to protect our ocean from toxic plastic pollution and help our communities realise a world without waste. The nationwide day-of-action will run in the lead up to the delivery of their petition to Parliament on December 4th. The aim is to get AS MANY SIGNATURES ON THE PETITION AS POSSIBLE, so when they deliver it the following week, the folks at the beehive hear the message loud and clear!

P.S. Our Beaches will be holding a petition signing on this day at 12.45pm in the quad at Burnside High so come along if you’re nearby!

Rise for Climate

On the evening of September 7th at the Cardboard Cathedral, 350 Christchurch and Fossil Free Aoraki are hosting a forum of inspirational speakers from different sectors describing what they are doing to tackle climate change. Come along and hear from these climate action leaders in Canterbury and learn what you can do to help our country fight climate change! Come along from 7:30pm – 9:30pm to be inspired! Find out more: here.

As a follow up event to the forum, on Saturday 8 September, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. The Spring Climate Fair will be held in Victoria Square from 1pm-3pm to bring like-minded people together to “spreading seeds of hope” in tackling climate change. There will be live music, food stalls and informative stalls dedicated to groups who are focused on climate action and sustainability. Fossil Free Aoraki will be sharing their latest campaign – encouraging Fonterra to kick their coal habit. Click the link to the sign the petition 350 Christchurch will have native seedlings to take home for a small koha, so you can tackle climate change by planting something small.

Bring along the whole family, learn something new and let’s celebrate the mighty power of plants! Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action! RSVP here or visit the Facebook Event page.

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Christchurch Climate Challenge Conference 

The Climate Challenge Conference is running for the first time this year in Christchurch! The conference will take place on the 28th of July at the University of Canterbury.  The weekend will include a range of nationally acclaimed speakers, workshops, panels, an excursion and opportunities to connect with other high school students along with local and national leaders. I’ve been invited as a stallholder at the event, so come and see me at lunch time to find out a little it more about P.S. Our Beaches. Spaces are limited so register now!

Sustainable Coastlines Clean-Up

Today my Dad and I managed to cover a 6.5 km stretch of New Brighton and Waimairi beach as part of a New Brighton beach clean-up. Organised by Sustainable Coastlines, Corona Extra and Fly My Pretties, the clean-up brought together 70 volunteers across the city. The weather held up quite nicely, making for a highly worthwhile 3000 litre rubbish collection!

Find out more by reading this Sustainable Coastlines article or Dominion Post report.




Dunes Restoration Trust Conference

The Dunes Trust National Conference is being held in Christchurch from 22-26 March 2017.

The conference is themed ‘Diverse coastal environments in a time of change’ with a main Conference during the first three days and field trips to Kaitorete Spit and Banks Peninsula (south), Ashworths Beach, Leithfield Beach, Gore Bay and Amberley Beach  during the weekend

This annual conference sounds like it’s going to be a good one, so fingers-crossed we’ll be there. Find out more here.