Environment Centre Hawke's Bay is operated by Sustaining Hawke's Bay Trust
Environment Centre History
Organic Education Trust was established in May 2000 with the immediate
objective of responding to the increasing interest in biodynamics and organics
in New Zealand.
The aims were
network with people in the industry and promote organic over conventional
methods of food production.
run field days, seminars and short courses to teach and demonstrate
support and work with the Diploma Course in biodynamics at Taruna College.
promote the establishment of a professional biodynamic consultancy in new
Funding was provided by the Community Employment
Group to run a programme of workshops and field days as well as an annual Organic
The first Organic Expo was held at the Hawke's Bay
A&P Show in October 2000 and consecutively over the next three years with
ever growing awareness and numbers visiting the Organic Expo stalls. These
along with the numerous workshops in topics relating to organic and sustainable
gardening, farming, building and beyond, proved a huge success.
Over 2002 and 2003 the BDOE activities broadened
into “Educating Towards Sustainability“ and in May 2003 made a successful bid
for funding from the Ministry for the Environment through the Environment
Centre Fund. That September the doors of the Environment Centre as we know it opened and in September of 2004 the Biodynamic Organic
Education Trust was renamed to “Sustaining Hawke's Bay Trust”.
In September 2013, the Environment Centre moved from its premises on Russel Street in Hastings to the current location at 809 Karamu Road North, Hastings.