Kapiti’s sustainable — with child -powered ferris wheel, gardens in track shoes & self-composting toiletsBy Alan Tristram and Ian Linning
Kapiti’s Sustainable Home and Garden Show has attracted large crowds in good weather this weekend — with some eye-catching new features.
Among many features were the emergency self-composting toilets and special guest, tv chef, Mike Van de Elzen (see below right) , who spent much time in animated conversations with locals.
The Käpiti Coast District Council says the show is ‘our signature event and has grown to become the premier annual sustainability event in the lower North Island.’
The KCDC adds: “This was recognised by our win at the 2011 Green Ribbon Awards.”
Another key feature of the event was the number of small gardens designed and grown by local schools.
One of the most unusual was the Raumati School display with plants grown in track shoes and gumboots.
The Sustainable Home & Garden show was held in the grounds of Kapiti Primary School, adjacent to the new KCDC civic building.
Children enjoyed the merry-go-round – as always – and the obviously sustainable
pedal-powered ferris wheel.
No.8 Wire workshops
There were non-stop practical demonstrations in the No.8 Wire tent over the show weekend.
Topics ranged from crafting, chicken-keeping, mozzarella and wild plant dyes to establishing an edible garden – ‘ all aboutbout practical creativity, resilience and having a go.’
Our photographer Ian Linning says his impression was that there was ‘something for ‘everyone.
And the food court proved very popular, advertising its presence by a variety of tempting odours – with people queuing for the goodies on offer.