Hundreds of people attended the free Eco Fun Day that marked the official opening of Te Herenga Waka o Orewa community marae in Silverdale.
The event, on Saturday, November 4, included hangi and other food along with flax weaving demonstrations, a market and stalls with a sustainable focus from organisations such as Watercare Services, the Compost Collective and the Sustainable North Trust.
Betsy Kettle of Sustainable North Trust got plenty of signatures added to a Kiwi Bottle Drive petition that calls for government to introduce a deposit scheme on plastic and glass bottles (info: www.kiwibottledrive.nz).
Sustainable Coastlines gave a presentation and led a clean up of the Wade Landing Reserve and Weiti River banks.
Te Herenga Waka manager Kereama Nathan was one of the team that held a series of powhiri in order to welcome the large number of guests in.
He said that anyone is welcome to make the marae their home away from home. “The philosophy here is one of inclusiveness,” he said. “We believe that we can make a difference here, in our community by bringing people together, whoever they are and wherever they come from.”