Timaru District Sustainable Living Info

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Timaru District Council has been a member of Sustainable Living Education Trust since 2014. After some trial runs of evening class topics from the programme in Timaru and occasional evening series in Geraldine,  the programme's delivery in this District uses 'learning groups' hosted by interested individuals, meeting informally at private homes or workplaces (with no fee), and groups assisted by a tutor or facilitator (where a fee is charged, to pay the tutor). The tutored eight weekly evening sessions typically cost $45 and are subsidised by the Council. Enquiries to Rhys@sustainableliving.org.nz

To offer to host a learning group or to seek a tutor for a more formal group elsewhere within Timaru District, phone the Trust's National Coordinator Rhys Taylor (who lives locally) on 03 693 8726 and also use the link above to register your own email as a user at this website if you have not already done so, in order to download the free learning materials and get the occasional newsletter.

The headings below  provide local web-links relevant to each of the topics in Sustainable Living programe.

Gardens and backyards

Timaru Community Gardens - led by Community Crop (find them on facebook).  Film about a recent orchard pruning day at Transition Timaru's community orchard, Leckie Street.  A second community garden possibility is at Redruth - see EcoCentre website.

Geraldine Community garden- managed by volunteers on Thursday mornings, Talbot Street. (Tim Rimmer  021 2044951)

Timaru Botanic Gardens Information Centre - open Tues morning, Weds afternoon, Thurs morning. (Wayne 0276114336)

Food choices

Timaru Farmers Market - Saturdays, 27 Strathallen Street.

Geraldine Farmers Market, Saturday morning 9 - 12.30, St Mary's church car park, Talbot Street (Robyn Hart 03 693 7554) Oct to April.

Minimising Waste

Canterbury waste minimisation website, titled 'One Planet'

What to do with hazardous substances

How to save on solid waste fees & charges  includes link to brochure (pdf) about Timaru Eco Compost. 

More info on composting and green waste being turned into compost

Transfer station hours & locations for Timaru, Geraldine, Pleasant Point.

Waste minimisation events include "Waste-free Parenting workshops" with Kate Meads $25 or $30 for a couple. Book through wastefreeparenting.co.nz  website.

Community resilience and emergency management

What hazards do we face in Timaru District and Canterbury?

Flood hazards, inc map (Jan 2014 newspaper report)

Emergency preparedness at home  (click on ‘related information’ to download the checklist)

Building improvements for warm and dry homes

Winter air quality in Timaru and several other towns is affected by smoky home fires - there's a big clean up effort under way.

Background info on how to reduce smoke  and monitoring of high air pollution nights (Timaru, Geraldine)

More on air pollution in Canterbury. 

Guide to wood suitable for burning

Free insulation eligibility for some CSC & SuperGold card holders. EnergySmart  Call for an assessment 0800 777 111.  

Guides to renovation and new build with better insulation and use of sunshine (from Christchurch, post-quakes)

Water use and impacts

River quality (uses maps) search under timaru  http://maps.ecan.govt.nz/waterquality/

Beach sea-water quality for swimming: info  and maps.

Pollution hotline - to report observed water pollution. Ecan 24hr phone 0800 765588.

Using water wisely - how to be water efficient at home.

Video on being water wise in summer gardens, 4 minutes.

Getting around the District

Local bus services metro, Timaru  (and for Geraldine look under Community Bus Services link.)


Be Active Programme (Green Prescription GRx) Email: Debbie@sportcanterbury.org.nz  03 9292501

Extra information sources

Timaru District Library catalogue 

Enviroschools in the district:
Geraldine Preschool Inc.;  Grantlea Downs School; Rhona Day Free Kindergarten;
St Joseph's School (Pleasant Point); St Joseph's School (Timaru); Waimataitai School.

Work is under way to fund and build a sustainability education centre (Eco-Centre) at Redruth, next door to the Crow's Nest reuse shop, Shaw Street.

Tip: Swimmable rivers!
Do your bit for cleaner NZ rivers. Reduce water demand and avoid making pollution, guided by our Water guide.