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Comment by Claude on October 9, 2013 at 10:13pm

Waiheke Island E-Bike kit Group Buying. Update on the mid-mount, bottom-bracket ebike motor kit:

Looks like we will cut off at the end of this week or beginning of next (by the 15th of October at the latest). So far everyone who is in is going for the kit option of the better INR 29E battery which with motor & accessories works out to NZ$1,421 for everything. We also will be running an installation party on a sunny Saturday for DIY folk.

See for details.

In summary, we spent a year researching ebikes to find who made the best (affordable) motors and batteries, and visited three factories in China before settling on the new Bafang BBS01 motor and the Samsung INR 29E battery (specs: 403 w/hrs, 11.2 a/hr, 37v and 2.2KG). Both the motors and the batteries are being purchased direct from the respective manufacturers and the group buy reduces shipping costs substantially.

The motor is new for 2013, and far superior to the hub motors commonly available. It drives the chain, which means it uses the gears, like a car. It's also a lot quieter. The battery is phenomenally light for the power it delivers. Most importantly, they fit on most bikes. You put it on your own bike; it is a kit, not an ebike.

We planned to buy six kits for our foundation, but when others heard about it, they asked if they could join in. We will be cutting off orders by the 15th because it will probably take 6-8 weeks before we get the kits and we want them before the summer holiday.

So if you are interested go to and use the contact tab.

Note: This is a one-off. Once we have the kits we need, we won't be repeating it.

Comment by Garth Adams on September 25, 2013 at 10:10pm

Hi, Looking for pigs fat from pasture fed/ organic source to make lard.Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


Garth Adams

Comment by Ronnie on September 15, 2013 at 8:56pm

Why are the bees dying? - bee expert interviewed

Comment by Claude on August 2, 2013 at 4:53pm

This is what the motor looks like on a 1951 Raleigh DL

Comment by Claude on August 2, 2013 at 4:51pm

The Renaissance Aotearoa Foundation on Waiheke Island is placing an order for Bafang BBS01 ebike kits (small electric motors that turn a bicycle into an ebike) shortly. A number of people have approached us to ask if they can piggyback on the order to get a wholesale price and save on shipping. Sounds good to us. If you are interested in piggybacking or just want to learn more, see our web site at . These 36v, NZ legal kits fit most standard bikes, do not require changing the hub or rim, and cost a lot less than an ebike. If you have a bike you are not using because the hills are too tough, the range too far or your knees too creaky, this may be the answer. Note that these kits work with your gears, so a lower-powered motor can assist going up a steep hill. They will not turn your bike into a moped (you still have to pedal), but they do flatten the hills to extend both riding range, and the age at which we can still enjoy bicycling. A bike shop in Auckland will install the kit if you are not mechanically minded or lack the requisite tools. Please reply soon as we expect to ask for a quote by mid August (2013) at the latest.

Comment by Jacqui Knight on July 5, 2013 at 5:14pm

Sounds good Diane, thanks. I'll be there I hope.

Comment by Diane SQ on July 5, 2013 at 5:03pm

Check out the "power of garden weeds" workshop on the 20th July in Auckland. Weeds as soil assessment tools, weeds as medicine for soil and people. Go to the events page for more info or email

Comment by Lisa L on June 24, 2013 at 4:14pm


I am currently compiling a list of all individuals or groups in the Albert Eden Local Board area involved in sustainable activities.
I wish to contact each of them  and will also be profiling some groups and individuals in short articles about their activity.
Here's how you can help:
Please contact me with the names of groups or individuals or activities which may include:
gardening, fruit trees, local food, chickens
transport action, car pooling or cycling groups
Courses or classes in living sustainably
Businesses and Business associations with a sustainable or community focus in some part
Ethnic, faith based or other community groups including sustainable activities in their programmes
Neighbourhood networks - street level activity , bbqs or pot luck dinners, face book pages
Arts or crafts focusing on recycled materials or living sustainably
Schools/ preschools or children's activities with gardening or sustainable focus 
and there must be so much more
I would love to hear from you
Lisa Loveday
Comment by Matt Moir on June 5, 2013 at 4:37pm

this is a very important vidio to watch please pass it on to all

Comment by Ronnie on May 12, 2013 at 11:42am

Thanks all for your comments but no...I am a chemical free bod :-) I doubt its the flight path thing too because the plots are large and no matter where I am in the plot I can be hounded. Others with plots some distance away are also bothered. I wondered if it may be a handling issue? One day my neighbour came and lifted the lid on them & did something, then after that 1 or 2 bees started harrassing her then started doing the same to me so I left (again!)


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