Thoughts

Dear Friends of Greenspace

Dear Friends of Greenspace

It has been a whole year since I had the opening party. And it’s been a big year of downloading vision into reality. It’s the usual story - I might not have taken it on if I really knew what I was in for! But I have a lot of love for this project and that...

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5G and the real world

5G and the real world

I received a text message from my network provider a few days ago trying to get me excited about their 5G rollout in December. I checked out the more info link and discovered that with 5G I could now get instant online reviews of a product while out...

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Mooooooo

Mooooooo

Can dairying ever be ethical and sustainable?My grandfather was a dairy farmer in Mangawhai, farming 40 cows to make a modest living for his entire working life. I don't know in depth the farming practices he used, but I get a very strong feeling that when...

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Rubbish roundup

Rubbish roundup

So it's August now and time to evaluate how #plasticfreejuly went... I made it through with the coffee jar - not a single takeaway cup was sacrificed for my coffee habit in July 2019, yay! Feels like I am in the groove now, but as always I will have to be...

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Products, plastic-free & the fast life

Products, plastic-free & the fast life

It’s Plastic-Free July. And I’ve got my reusable cup, but it’s just a jar.One of the traps I think we can fall into is productising the fast life, just with nicer materials. What I want to do in the shop is turn back time about a hundred years in terms of...

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Generating Business Ideas

Generating Business Ideas

As I typed out the title of this segment, I mistyped it as Generating Business Ideals. And really that’s true too.Picking a card on this topic, I received the archetype of the Prostitute from the Caroline Myss deck. It’s an archetype we all grapple with....

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One year ago today

One year ago today

One year ago today, I paid my first week's rent at 20 Tahi Road, on the punt that if I felt that Waiheke Island needed an organic shop, other people would too. It's been a big year. My original concept was to connect the material aspects of living truly sustainably,...

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Radial structures

Radial structures

St John's wort, plant of light - we think of it as a remedy for depression, but how much more poetic and inspiring is Charlotte Du Cann's description, from her book '52 Flowers that shook my world' - "St. John’s wort is one of the great sun plants: a...

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Big health

Big health

So Greenspace is an art project, a social sculpture, a gallery and studio. It’s an organic shop, a workshop space, a place for my community to gather and explore the connections between all layers of nourishment. As a contemporary artist, my training...

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Feet

Feet

[Foreign Correspondent Penelope Brown reporting from the sunny south] Hello dear readers… I too have joined the MWM2M (Mass Waiheke Migration to Motueka). And like many people who uproot themselves from a familiar and loved place I was in a sorry state...

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Starting Where You Are

One of the wisest things we can do in our day is to meet ourselves where we are. Not in the past, not in the future, but here and now. What do I need today? What can I do today? I remember many years ago when I started buying ecostore products, my partner...

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