West Auckland welcomes back EcoFest West, the largest local environmental festival bringing together over 100 events from 21 March to April 19 across our neighbourhoods.
Find fun and take home skills to share in events covering food, art, household hacks, transport, and exploring nature. In your neighbourhood you can take part in workshops, experiences, and activities which celebrate and restore our natural environment, and teach ways to live more sustainably.
The festival kicks off on Saturday March 21 with the EcoHub Market Day, a free, family-friendly day of hands-on activities, eco-friendly product stalls, food and entertainment. Confess your environmental ‘sin’ and receive penance from a mystery confessor behind the upcycled screen of our Confessional, custom built by My Backyard Garden Project. Try out novelty bikes or even learn to ride, and find simple tips to help you reduce waste and have a more healthy home. Get a taste of what’s on offer in your community, right from the heart of EcoFest West at the EcoMatters hub.
During the month-long festival, Whau locals can discover crafters and makers teaching upcycling, transforming old clothing into new accessories, artists who use the earth to explore soil painting, and experts on the flora and fauna living in our own backyards.
Bring the whole whānau to learn about freshwater life in our streams or take in some spoken word from young poets with solutions to climate change while perusing the local market. There are so many ways to take part in West Auckland’s love for our environment, join in at EcoFest West.
Some of the events coming up in and around the Whau during EcoFest West:
EcoHub Market Day
Saturday March 21, 10am-3pm
EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn
Creatures Of The Night
Friday 27 March, 7-10pm
Blockhouse Bay Recreational Reserve, Rathlin Street, Blockhouse Bay
Painting With Soil Pigments
Wednesday 15 April, 2-4pm
Blockhouse Bay Library, 578 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay
Saturday 4 April, 10.30-11.30am
New Lynn War Memorial Library, 3 Memorial Drive, New Lynn
21 March - 19 April
1909 - 1949 Great North Road, Avondale
Visit www.ecofest.org.nz for the full EcoFest West 2020 Programme.
EcoFest West is brought to you by EcoMatters Environment Trust and funded by the Henderson-Massey, Waitākere Ranges and Whau local boards, and The Trusts Community Foundation.