Marlborough District Sustainable Living Info

Access the Learning Guides

To become a user of this website from an address within Marlborough District use this link so you can download the learning guides for free!  Workshop sessions coming up at Picton from 27 Sept. Great value at $20 for the series of four. Book at

The Council has a wealth of useful infornation on its own website, too. Start at their sustainability education webpage, or explore topic by topic below, which includes relevant MDC links, along with other sources.

The topic headings match the group learning guides, available (once you have registered, to get a password) from our downloads page

Download a PDF booklet on '30 ways you can make a positive difference for the environment' in Marlborough.

If near Picton, visit the Envirohub Marlborough at 14 Auckland Street, open 7 days week 10am to 2.30pm  Email:  Texts 021 101 0818


Gardens and backyards for food and nature

Celebrating what’s special about Marlborough native plants and animals (biodiversity)

Background to keeping pests, weed plants and farm diseases out of Marlborough (biosecurity)  and a link to WeedBusters.

Directory of plants & anmals ‘gone wild’ which are now pests in this region. 

Download to save or print ‘Plant me instead’ a PDF guide to garden alternatives to these pests.

Organic growing – food from your Marlborough garden. (Organic Growing guide from Sustainable Living Marlborough. Versions to view, or save to print.)

Natural alternatives in the vege garden – companion planting, natural fertilisers and insect pest controls. 

 Advice on compost-making and use

Food choices & shopping

Marlborough Farmers Market (Oct to May, Sundays, at A&P Park, Alabama Rd, Blenheim) and their Facebook page.

Marlborough Community gardens & allotments, Ralph Ballinger Drive, off Budge St, Riversdale.  

Ideas on shopping to reduce waste, make choices to help the planet and maybe, save some money.

Recipes for making your own cleaners & how to avoid toxics at home. 

Minimising waste

Working towards zero waste in Marlborough.

Recycling and resource recovery   and kerbside recycling info

How to reduce waste in Marlborough - useful info for householdsand businesses.

The Re-use Shop (open 7days) & salvage yard (Weds to Sun), Wither Road East, Blenheim. 

Stop throwing out pollutants – know the hazardous wastes, how to safely store and dispose of them.

Reducing kitchen waste going to landfill by using EM Bokashi, which can handle  items  unsuited to garden composting.

Worm composting to handle kitchen waste, & make liquid fertiliser and wormcast for use in gardening.  See also info on conventional composting in Marlborough gardening sction above.

Community resilience and emergency management

How to 'get ready and get thru' emergencies.

2016 Quake recovery information - the 2019 progress report. (PDF)

Soil liquifaction & geotechnical risk evaluation -  as Blenheim grows.

Energy efficiency - reducing power bills

Stay warm in an energy efficient home – insulation & hot water tips.

More info on Insulation

Building and renovations for warm, dry homes

Ecological Building in Marlborough – materials, sustainable design and who can help.

Air quality and pollution sources in Marlborough - why there is winter smog and how to respond.

Info on current rules affecting domestic wood-burners.

Water use and our impacts

Valuable water – MDC introduction page on water supply and conservation.

Rivers and streams including their ecology.

Rivers information line, e.g. for flooding info. is 03 520 7488.

 Groundwater in Marlborough

Stormwater and our used water (sewage): where they go to and how we affect them.

Getting around Marlborough

Maps - Marlborough facilities and attractions (can zoom in)

Topographic map of region.

Public toilet locations mapped.

Bus routes map within Blenheim.

Intercity buses: from Blenheim, ( can also use for journeys from Picton, from Havelock, and from Seddon.) 

Walking and cycling maps across region.

Blenheim local cycle routes and Picton cycle routes (as shared by other riders)

Spotted a road pothole, unsafe footpath, missing sign?  Use the Fixit Request Form at MDC website.

Extra info sources - Marlborough

Environmental Education at MDC.

Enviroschools in Marlborough (36 of these including 7 early childhod centres)

Community volunteers - project grants from MDC.

Tui to town - restoration of bird habitat.

Contact form online for Blenheim Citizens Advice Bureau

Public library  webpage & catalogue and library on line services for local registered users.

Access the Learning Materials

Click here to access our online learning materials.

Become a Course Facilitator

Click here to apply to become a Sustainable Living course facilitator.

Existing course facilitators, log in here

Tip: Power bills out of control?
Actions and equipment that can reduce electricity costs at home are the focus of our Energy guide.