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Author: Iris Lee

You are never too old!

Caroline Williams is a woman in her eighties who loves our natural environment and has been interested in caring for it and enhancing the living cloak of Aotearoa for a long time. She was formerly involved with Forest and Bird but has now chosen to donate trees because she is

2023 recap at Waiu Wetland

In 2023, a total of 9 regular A Rocha working bees went ahead at Waiu Park. These were supplemented by some extra efforts for specific tasks like removing the huge summer grass growth in January. The May and September working bees were cancelled because of rain, and during winter, our

New Eco Church Regional Coordinators

Our team is growing and we’re delighted to introduce to you two fantastic new regional coordinators! Mo Morgan and Rebecca Webb have joined the Eco Church team as regional coordinators for the Lower and Upper North Island respectively. They join James Beck, Eco Church regional coordinator for the South Island,

Inspiring the next generation of kaitiaki

Inspiring the next generation of kaitiaki means we continue to create opportunities to connect, inspire and equip young people each year. Recently two camps gathered bringing together 32 young people across two locations in the North and South Island – the SUSTAIN Camp in Whāingaroa Raglan and the He Māhuri

Planting at Makara

In 2020 Joan and Bruce bought a block of land in the Makara Valley with the intention of living a more sustainable lifestyle and of restoring habitat. In November that year about thirty members and friends from A Rocha’s Wellington local group met for their end-of-year gathering at Joan and

New educational signage at Tirohanga

By Selwyn Yeoman A Rocha Dunedin gathered at Tirohanga Camp on Saturday July 22nd for the first time this winter. 21 people participated in total. There were a number of newcomers brought by friends, which is always encouraging. Also encouraging is that everybody really enjoyed themselves! About 40 more trees

Collaborations at Kopua

Reported by Helen Bathurst, A Rocha’s Wellington Local Group. Seven members from A Rocha’s Wellington local group travelled to Kopua Monastery to engage in restoration work this year from 30 March to 2 April. Four members arrived on Thursday evening which enabled them to have a good start on restoration work after

Integrating personal finances, faith and environmental commitment

Sarah Woodfield is one of the leaders at A Rocha’s Auckland Local Group and also an Eco Church kaihāpai for her church, Cityside Baptist Church in Auckland. This 40-minute podcast about good money management is an interview with Sarah about her approach to her personal finances, and how she integrates

Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek and Auckland Flooding

Reported by Sarah Woodfield and Beulah Wood, from A Rocha’s Auckland local group A Rocha volunteers started working with Friends of Oakley Creek in 2008 as our first Auckland project for the local group.  Over the years, we have planted many trees, shrubs, grasses and flaxes along the river bank,

Working Bee Volunteer Experience 101

Story contributed by Hana Leofo. Hana is a Venn Fellow who did her work placement with A Rocha for about 8 weeks during March to May this year. Photos provided by Beulah Wood, Nick Mayne, and Sarah Woodfield from A Rocha’s Auckland local group.   As a first-time A Rocha

A visit to A Rocha Kenya

Richard Noble writes: In October 2016 I had the privilege of hosting six Kenyan Christians from Nairobi spending time in Wellington. Strong friendships were forged, thus precipitating a return visit to Kenya in November 2017. Having flown to see my new friends in Nairobi, it only made sense also to

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