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New Zealand Earthship Temple – three days – forty people – lots of love

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New Zealand Earthship Update

memeChristchurch has been through a hard time, do doubt. Its been over 2 years since the worst quake, which threw the city into chaos and its residents into turmoil.

Its now March 2013 and a lot of the roads are still terrible, the whole central city is still closed down, there are blocks that used to be hubs that are gravel car parks and thousands of houses are red stickered and stand empty.

Mike Reynolds took an interest in the Christchurch situation and came to visit us in NZ for 6 days in mid March. Mike spoke at 3 public seminars to Christchurch residents, as well as meeting with the Christchurch City Council, doing a talk to architecture students, a retrofit talk at a farm homestead and 2 media interviews. Mike also lead the 3 day practical workshop with 35 participants of an Earthship build on the Hills above Christchurch. Here is what happened.

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Successful Workshop – Build in New Zealand.

Christchurch has been through a hard time, do doubt. Its been over 2 years since the worst quake, which threw the city into chaos and its residents into turmoil.

Its now March 2013 and a lot of the roads are still terrible, the whole central city is still closed down, there are blocks that used to be hubs that are gravel car parks and thousands of houses are red stickered and stand empty.

 Mike Reynolds took an interest in the Christchurch situation, and came to visit us in NZ for 6 days in mid March. Half of Mike’s time was filled up with public seminars to Christchurch residents, and he also managed to fit in a meeting with the Christchurch City Council, a talk to architecture students, a retro fit talk and 2 media interviews.

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‘Garbage Warrior’ brings crusade to Christchurch

American architect Michael Reynolds, founder of the ‘Earthship’ movement is visiting Christchurch to offer innovative ideas for Christchurch’s rebuilding process.

“Mother nature’s recent behaviour is changing and traditional ‘built cheap and fast’ commodity-housing clearly is not coping. Here we have a housing solution that doesn’t just cope, it loves nature.” says Reynolds, who will be delivering a series of public talks and workshops about ‘Earthships’ – modern off-grid houses made out of cans, bottles and tyres, as well as conventional materials.

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3 day practical workshop lead by Micheal Reynolds from Earthship Biotecture

Over 6 days in Christchurch this March, Michael Reynolds will bring his 40 years of Sustainable Architecture experience to the table to present alternative structural designs to Christchurch residents.

His trip will include a 3 day practical workshop, 3 evening seminars, a lecture for architecture students, an onsite retrofit talk in North Canterbury as well as other meetings with organizations.

Full details for the 3 day Practical Workshop

WHEN:

Wednesday 13th Thursday 14th & Friday 15 March 2013 8.30– 4.30 daily followed by Q&A

WHERE:

Tussock Hill Vineyard, 210 Huntsbury Ave, Huntsbury Hill, Christchurch

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Showings of Earthship Documentary Movies

There will be four showings of Earthship documentaries in Christchurch, New Zealand in February and March to give residents and visitors an idea of Michael Reynolds’ Earthship work and to introduce Earthship Biotecture to the public.

Showings of Garbage Warrior – the first doccumentry from Earthship Biotecture – http://www.garbagewarrior.com/The epic story of radical Earthship eco architect Michael Reynolds, and his fight to build off-the-grid self-sufficient communities.

Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.’

Earthships: New Solutionshttp://newsolutionsmovie.com is another doccumentry about Earthship Biotecure (after Garbage Warrior) and follows a start to finish build on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.

‘An introductory guide to building alternative sustainable housing, as well as describing with the use of animation, how these buildings offer solutions to today’s most important issues like: energy,water,food, shelter, sewage and recycling.’

trailer – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEg74ZMP4tM)

 

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Govt: $130k for tyre recycling research

New Zealand puts 3.4 million tyres into landfills every year

More than $130,000 is being given to a product recycling organisation to research the options for recycling used tyres.

Environment Minister Nick Smith announced this afternoon that the Product Stewardship Foundation will receive $133,000 “to explore recycling options for used tyres”.

The Product Stewardship Foundation is an organisation which researches ways to reduce the environmental impact of manufactured products.

Dr Smith says the funding will help “identify the best way for New Zealand to recycle and re-use our used tyres”.

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They’ll be wearing our tyres over there

new Zealand tyre recyclingThousands of used Marlborough tyres could end up transformed as sneakers thanks to a new scheme to export tyres to Asia for recycling.

People will pay less to dump old tyres at transfer stations throughout Marlborough under the scheme, a partnership between the Marlborough District Council and a Christchurch-based tyre collection contractor. Scrap Tyre Movements owner Pat Rogers said tyres are exported to Asia in bales and ground down to a powder.

The powder is sold as raw material which is used for anything from roading to shoe soles.

Prior to the scheme, whole tyres could be taken to the landfill for between $5 and $10 per tyre. Alternatively, a tyre could be cut up and deposited within a regular trailer load of rubbish.

[image: Wear this: Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney, left, and Scrap Tyre Movements owner Pat Rogers are behind a new tyre recycling scheme]

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Christchurch: Zero Waste New Zealand

The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch, is a city of warm, friendly people, beautiful gardens and open spaces. It has a lively entertainment scene, strong cultural heritage, lots of sports facilities and good shopping. Christchurch’s special character is most obvious in its glorious parks and gardens, which led it to win the International Garden City Award.

With a huge range of recreational activities and attractions on offer visitors can enjoy active or more leisurely pursuits the whole year round.

There is never a dull moment in this very special city. Throughout the year Christchurch proudly celebrates over a dozen festivals with themes covering everything from music to comedy, books to buskers, and the arts to gardens.

The city also plays host to numerous international sporting events each year.

The Christchurch City Council’s goal is zero residual disposal of waste to landfill.
A policy of Zero Waste was adopted in December 1998.

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