INTRODUCING SUSTAINABLE WHANGANUI
Sustainable Whanganui is an open and inclusive group whose members choose to put their time and energy into looking after the local environment and community, and advocating for national and international change.
… is to lead our community in becoming more resilient: offering comprehensive, useful and timely advice to help people become more self-sufficient. Sustainable Whanganui Trust intends to put Whanganui on the map in terms of assisting the community to create and utilise practical solutions for sustainability.
Sustainable Whanganui Trust was registered as a charitable trust in May 2008 following several years of activity. The Trust comprises up to 10 Trustees and 4 Advisers at any time, who are all Volunteers.
Chair: John Milnes
Secretary: Donna Mummery
Treasurer: Graham Pearson
Coordinator: Graham Pearson
Trustees: Lyn Pearson
Honorary Solicitor: Marion Sanson
Advisers: Robin Williamson
Photo: John, Lyn, Kevin, Donna, Graham, Hadi
We LOVE our other Volunteers as well who we call WhEBsters. They keep the WhEB office and ReUse Academy rooms open, stocked and tidy(ish) and also help at events and on projects out in the community. Some of our Volunteers are in the WhEB office for a four hour rostered shift once a week, and others come in for an hour or so when they have time. We’re flexible like that. We offer induction training for new Volunteers and they can buddy with a more experienced Volunteer until they feel confident to go solo in the office.
We stand for environmental sustainability, social equity, cultural richness and community participation in the Whanganui region.
- Preparing and re-localising our community, making it vibrant, resilient and truly sustainable in the face of the impending energy, climate and financial disruptions expected with the onset of Peak Oil and Climate Change.
- Developing an Environmental Resource and Learning Centre.
- Being involved in advocacy on matters relating to environmental sustainability, social equity, cultural richness and community participation.
- Facilitating the adoption of sustainable living within the community.
- Promoting environmental education.
- Fostering a clear awareness of economic, social, political and ecological interdependence in rural and urban Whanganui.
- Networking locally, nationally and globally.
- Acknowledging the kaitiakitanga of tangata whenua; to pursue bicultural and multicultural solutions to regional environmental issues; and to give full respect to all creatures and citizens of the world.
Providing any other support and assistance consistent with this charitable purpose.
In 2006 a passionate and committed group of people came together realising that sustainability and resilience for our community was becoming increasingly important. The group included an engineer, organic gardeners, a teacher and a regional councillor who became Mayor. From these first discussions Sustainable Whanganui (SW) has spread its sphere of influence across our community.
There are many ways in which our group of committed volunteers connects with our community — Green Bikes, Fruit Trees in Schools, ReUse Academy, Zero Waste, Adopt-A-Plot, Sustainable Schools, school holiday programmes, community art and craft programmes, festivals and events such as Earth Day and our popular Feijoabulous Festival.
Over the years SW has hosted many educational talks and films and there has been a range of hands-on, practical workshops like composting, cloth-bagmaking and more.
In 2011 Sustainable Whanganui saw a need and suggested the establishment of a resource recovery centre to the Whanganui District Council. Their vision included more than just recycling. Happily, this found a receptive audience at Council which was interested in creating partnerships for progress. A perfect central site was identified: the former Whanganui gaol, which was land-banked and thereby offered the chance to partner with Whanganui iwi, and recycle and reuse a whole prison site!
Sustainable Whanganui had manifested a new environment centre, known as the Whanganui Environment Base (WhEB for short) and promptly set up the ReUse Academy (RUA) rooms.
RECYCOLOGY IN ACTION!
Sustainable Whanganui is well-connected around our region: in addition to the more than 60 schools/kura/ECEs that Fruit Trees in Schools works with, we can add twice that many local and national businesses and community organisations.
We let people know what we’re up to and what’s happening environmentally and sustainably through the Sustainable Whanganui Google Group which has 300+ subscribers, as well as Facebook (1000+ followers), and Instagram posts.