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February Ooooby Gathering:

Nashi Festival

Sat 21st noon - Sun 22nd noon

at The Arty House

372 Wairoa Road, Te Puna

earlybird tickets available until 20th dec, see poster below, or contact Janice and Tessa to be involved with festival! :)

  For more information about ooooby, or if you need help if you are trying to create a profile, or if you aren't receiving the monthly gathering updates and want to - phone Carina 021 064 9814   :) 

Location: Tauranga
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Comment by Carina on December 11, 2014 at 12:08pm

This event is held at the Arty House on Wairoa Road and was lots of fun last year :)  meet lots of interesting and friendly people there, neat vibe and very local!  :) 

incase you can't read the writing on the flier:

Your best small festival inspiring creativity through fun, food, music and the arts.  10 mins out of Tauranga at

Early Bird Tickets until 20th Dec  $25/Adult, Family $60 (2 adults, 2 children over 5)  kids 5-17yrs $10, under 5s Free

Comment by Sharon Watt on September 22, 2014 at 3:28pm

On Saturday we gathered at Andrea and Hone's beautiful and abundant property in Welcome Bay. Here are some photos.

Comment by Andrew Martin on August 19, 2014 at 5:49pm

To all those who attended OOOOBY Tauranga on the weekend here is a link to that article and video I mentioned.

Comment by Sharon Watt on August 4, 2014 at 5:29pm

Hi James,

Several members of the Tauranga Oooby group are taking Catherine's PDC so we can talk to you on the 16th. Look forward to meeting you.

Comment by James Samuel on August 2, 2014 at 12:35pm

Thank you for joining me up to this group.

Given we are about to launch the Ooooby Box in the Waikato (first boxes are being delivered on Wed 13th Aug), I thought it was time to connect with you lovely people, for some conversation about possibly doing something similar in Tauranga.

I'll be speaking about Food Forests at one of Catherine Dunton-MacLeod's permaculture events on Sat the 16th August, and would be available from early afternoon, if anyone would like to connect.

I made contact with Carina, just now and she said she'd get hold of Rebecca, and possibly others, and see what might work. Meanwhile please feel free to comment here.

Looking forward to meeting you.

Comment by Carina on June 24, 2014 at 5:28pm

on "Urban Design for Nutritional Resilience" on Friday 27 June from 7-9pm at the Village Hall, Historic Village.

In addition to this we are running the following workshops this week at the Historic Village:

Wednesday - Design Your Own Forest Garden
Thursday - Top Bar Beekeeping AND Cooking and Preparing Nutrient Dense Food
Friday - Save Your Own Seeds AND BioIntensive Gardening
Saturday - Growing Nutrient Dense Food 

These workshops run from 9am to 4pm and are an excellent way to get in depth on concepts outlined in Kay's talk last month.  We hope many of you can attend!  To register, go to

Comment by Sharon Watt on June 23, 2014 at 9:12pm

Kay Baxter is returning to Tauranga this week and is offering a free seminar on "Urban Design for Nutritional Resilience" on Friday 27 June from 7-9pm at the Village Hall, Historic Village.  Please spread the word!

I don't think you need to book for this. Just turn up.

Comment by Dunja Balmer on June 10, 2014 at 3:24pm

I've missed so many Tauranga meetings ~ fingers crossed I can make it this Sunday. Fingers crossed for sunshine too :-)

Comment by Cecilia Strachan on June 8, 2014 at 4:53pm


I will be running some workshops next month. Please see below for details:

Raw Food is not just salads
Enhance your diet with raw & living foods that can give you a lot of energy and restore your vitality.
You will learn:

  • to prepare food that is not only delicious but also nutritious without using meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs or wheat
  • about the health benefits of certain foods, such as berries, nuts, seeds, coconut, chocolate and much more

Who should attend: People with allergies, health issues, or special dietary requirements, those wanting to lose weight, vegetarians, plus anyone wanting something different and healthy that even fussy eaters will enjoy eating.
A series of 3 workshops will be run in July/August

Workshop 1: Basics/Breakfast/Non-Dairy Alternatives
Dates: 6 July, 10 August

Workshop 2: Salads/Sauces/Mains
Dates: 20 July, 24 August

Workshop 3: Snacks/Cakes/Desserts
Dates: 3 August, 31 August

Time: 1.00—4.00pm
Cost: $50 per workshop or enrol in all 3 for $130.
To book and for more information, please call Cecilia Strachan at— 021 0244 5887 or email:
About me:
I am a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. I come from a family of cooks and have always been passionate about food and cooking. I love to teach people how to prepare healthy meals and have trained in the preparation of raw food meals in Australia and New Zealand.

Comment by Sharon Watt on May 31, 2014 at 5:11pm

Does anybody have an old round compost bin that's surplus to requirements? Something like in the photo, with holes at the bottom and a lid.


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