New Zealand’s Mermaid Pools closed indefinitely after tourists and their trash ruin sacred site

Sacred Mermaid Pools in New Zealand have closed indefinitely to the public after human waste and litter were repeatedly left at the Māori site. The site, Te Wai o Te Taniwha, also known as Mermaid Pools, has been left desecrated by visitors who left sanitary towels, sunscreen, urine and other rubbish at the site. The Sacred Pools at Matapouri, a small town located in the Northland … Continue reading New Zealand’s Mermaid Pools closed indefinitely after tourists and their trash ruin sacred site

Everybody Eats: New Zealand’s first permanent pay-as-you-feel, rescue food dining experience

Everybody Eats, a pay-as-you-feel, rescue food dining experience in New Zealand, has become a permanent fixture in Auckland following the success of its weekly pop-up. Volunteers take food that would otherwise go to waste, and turn it into a three course meal for diners at Avondale’s Woodworks cafe. Meals are served to customers from all walks of life – including homeless people, elderly and persons suffering … Continue reading Everybody Eats: New Zealand’s first permanent pay-as-you-feel, rescue food dining experience

Para Kore: Maori youth releases zero waste theme song

Looking after Mother Earth is second nature to indigenous communities, just like breathing. In his quest to encourage young people to change their behaviour towards rubbish and the environment, 20-year-old Maori, Tunoa Puna Teraitua has penned a song about zero waste. The New Zealand native, who released the song Para Kore (Zero Waste) in December, was inspired to pen the song as a way of making “recycling seem sexy … Continue reading Para Kore: Maori youth releases zero waste theme song

Sew Love: Sustainable sewing tour in a solar-powered campervan

Sew Love founder Sarah Lancaster has been on a sewing mission around New Zealand to provide pop-up spaces and resources for people to learn to sew and get to know their community. More than just sewing classes, Sew Love is about celebrating sustainable sewing, upcycling projects, second-hand shopping, and sharing sewing resources to spread environmentally friendly ideas and empowerment through crafty DIY. For the last … Continue reading Sew Love: Sustainable sewing tour in a solar-powered campervan