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Green Drinks

Green Drinks was relaunched under the umbrella of Environment Centre Hawke's Bay.  It is a grass roots, community event that is:

  • An opportunity to come together (bi monthly) with like-minded locals to talk about sustainability and the environment.
  • An opportunity to visit various local places, business premises etc. that have a great sustainability story.
  • Inclusive.
  • Organised locally for the benefit of locals.
  • Non-profit (small charges may apply at some venues to cover costs).
  • Run responsibly.
  • Informal and fun!

Green Drinks is not:

  • A forum for political persuasion or messages
  • A channel to circulate news or announcements about environmental issues
  • A sales opportunity for your business (but by all means share your knowledge)
  • Heavy and depressing (we’ll focus on cool innovations, new and old products/services; actions              and solutions rather than problems)

We are always looking for hosts so if you would be keen or interested to know a bit more about what is involved then please contact the Green Drinks Coordinator.

If you would like to attend green drinks or be placed on our mailing list please email Penny Andersen (Green Drinks Coordinator) –

February 2018 Green Drinks

Hosted at  Trade Aid, Havelock North

Biobees Ltd , a  Hawkes Bay based company, ares the largest and only specialised bumblebee supplier in New Zealand.  They have the large earth bumblebee, Bombus terrestris and
 sell easily managed hives (correct terminolgy is ‘nest’) for the pollination of commercially grown crops.  They strive to supply strong, standardised hives, and guarantee these will provide effective pollination for a minimum of four weeks is appropriately cared for.
Bumblebee species were introduced from the United Kingdom for the pollination of red clover at the turn of the 20th century, with four species becoming established.  Prior to that, all clover seed had to be imported from the UK at large cost, as New Zealand had no native species that would readily pollinate clover flowers.  It was the first instance of a species imported solely for its pollination services!  Much later, year round bumblebee rearing techniques were developed, primarily for the pollination of large scale greenhouse tomato crops, and bumblebees have been commercially reared in New Zealand for this purpose since the early 1990's.

Past Green Drinks Events

December 2017 - Trade Aid The Green / Sustainable Side of the Story

Brenda Armstrong  (Trade Aid Educator)  talked about the history of the organisation then covered the  the 10 ‘key’ principles of Fair Trade which were created by the The World Fair Trade Organization.  

October 2017 - BioRich Limited

Nigel Halpin provided a tour of BioRich's Awatoto site., showing how organic material that is usually sent to landfill is turned into compost.

August 2017 - Living Without rubbish hosted at the Environment Centre Hawkes Bay. Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince are the No-Waste nomads behind the Rubbish Trip. A roaming zero waste roadshow.

May 2017 - Hosted by Blackcatberries Tony and Julie Maurenbaucher designed and built their rammed earth house. At drinnks they were accompanied by a local licensed builder Pat Mawson owner of R M Strawbale Limted.

June 2017 "Potting Shed" - Hosted at EIT (Taradale Campus)

Green Drinks adheres to a code for the enjoyment of all participants. 

Check our events list to find out when and where the next Green Drinks is on