Rough concept of Ooooby Mag Waiheke

We are putting together a neat Ooooby Mag with local content and information for our online and offline Oooobiers (of which there are many) initially we are trialing the concept on Waiheke and looking for contributions relevant to here, but not wishing to exclude folks who don't live on our little rock we are also interested in talking with you if you want to get involved in creating your own Ooooby Mag for folks in your area.

It should prove to be an interesting and playful resource for all and we are currently looking for contributors who have something they want to say that they think others might want to here, we are really open to any suggestions and offers as we want the mag to be created by what is out there not buy some dodgy editorial agenda.

So if you have something you want to say be it:

A piece of news
A piece of editorial
A regular column
A seasonal recipe
A joke or 2
An event or workshop
A poem or haiku
Some nice photos of happy folks going about there Ooobying
Some sponsorship or advertising

or even something that we haven't even thought of yet that will blow minds (even if its in a little way, something akin to a mouse fart)

Then please, please, please get in contact with me and we can chat about getting it in the first issue (or I might be forced to write something and no-one would really like that)

you can contact me either through this page, email me at rich {at}, post stuff to PoBox 144, Oneroa o phone on 7429

It should be very exciting, we've already started looking at the design of it and its looking fresh, irreverent and fun.

Cheers in advance,


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Comment by bec may on July 8, 2010 at 2:33pm
i've just found this now- how's it going? mag out yet? need any contributors from the south?
Comment by Richard McCoy on April 25, 2009 at 11:19am
Christy - both the forest food garden and especially gardening with Children would be a most welcome addition.
Comment by Christy Ralphs on April 25, 2009 at 8:49am
Sounds grand, happy to help out. I've got loads of photos that you could use of food plants (from my garden). I'm starting to plan a forest food garden on my property, and could chronicle that if you like. Depends on on your timeline - tis still all in my head at the moment. I'm not a beginner gardener, but definitely a beginner food forest gardener. Cold also do something on gardening with small children.
Comment by Richard McCoy on April 24, 2009 at 2:50pm
Emerald - when are the workshops? initially the magazine is to be launched on Waiheke but we see that concept as being transferable to other villages, it is all based on local content for local people (that sounds like a quote from somewhere) would the workshops be something that waihekians would come over to Grey Lynnn for or would you be looking at doing the workshops on the Island?

C.urchin - not quite sure what a "Kinatonic Compost Cake" is but it sounds delicious I think it would be great if you could write something about it for inclusion that could promote your site and the video. Any advertising from The Maz would be welcome, I've had a quick look at the site and your stuff looks great and relevant, we have yet to work out the advertising model but if your interested then lets talk, just drop me an email rich @!

Pure Eco - we hadnt realy thought of reviews product reviews and would need to ensure that the stuff we where reviewing has some local relevance or we are in danger of becoming anouther Good magazine and ignoring the whole 'local' emphasis and reason for OooobyMag's being.

Its becoming evident from the suggestions so far and from the locations of those suggesting that there may be some benefit of having a mix of local to our village content and local to our country / region content. But I'm liking what I've heard so far very much.

Its nice to here what folks want, keep it coming...
Comment by Emerald on April 24, 2009 at 10:09am
Hi Rich, I am planning on running a "Gardening for Dummies" Workshop to promote Ooooby in Grey Lynn. Would love to be able to advertise one here and hand some issues out also!
Comment by C.Urchin on April 23, 2009 at 9:09pm
Rich , as discussed with Pete , we are producing a 'Kinatonic Compost Cake' video ... which will hopefully feature on Ooooby as part of a general composing 'push' next month. Meanwhile , our hard copy is downloadable from our blog and is a very Ooooby-ish concept that needs as much press as possible .... please check it out , possibly also some advertising from , Cheers C.Urchin
Comment by Pure Eco - Natural Product Revie on April 23, 2009 at 2:36pm
Love to help, i blog my ideas at it's natural product reviews and gardening info. Happy to contribute regularly, especially food/recipes from the garden. Cheers Trina
Comment by Richard McCoy on April 23, 2009 at 2:28pm
Love that idea Maya, it will help with other novices (like myself) and would be great if more experienced growers wrote in with advice the next issue. Just need to find someone willing to write it, know anyone?
Comment by Maya on April 23, 2009 at 2:07pm
Hi Rich. I think it would be really valuable to have a column written by a complete gardening novice about the adventure of setting up a new veggie garden from scratch, the problems they encounter along the way and how they managed to overcome them (or not). Because of the recent rise in popularity of the home garden I imagine there will be lots of people in the same boat, and experiencing the same obstacles to success. Thats my 2c worth


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