Back to Basics: Inspiring a community movement

This week we meet a couple of people who were so inspired by our columnist Lydia Harvey's journey to become supermarket and mass consumerism free that they joined her.

Lydia's friend Pauline.
Lydia's friend Pauline. Source: 1 NEWS

Pauline Tiraha
Lydia: Meet my dear friend Pauline who not only shares her excess baking and bottling with me, but she feeds the homeless and gives away meals to those in the community.

How did you hear about Lydia's supermarket-free challenge?

Pauline: I have known Lydia a very long time and have seen her journey unfold before she even knew what her journey would be.

What was it about Lydia's story that inspired you to do the same?
Pauline: It's inspired me to change the way I eat and establish multiple gardens for not only feeding myself but for those in need around me. I'm part of a community that grows produce together to help feed each other. It's amazing what we are all achieving by working together.

How are you finding your new lifestyle?
Pauline: I am now eating a high plant based diet which has done wonders for my health and energy levels. As the community comes together I'm finding there is no me and mine - everything really is shared and we’re all doing better because of it.

Lydia's friend Karah.
Lydia's friend Karah. Source: 1 NEWS

Karah Gray
Lydia: My friend Karah and I have bonded over bottling and bartering together. We also love to make handmade gifts for other together.

How did you hear about Lydia's supermarket-free challenge?
Karah: It was when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter that I came across Lydia's story. I was trying to work out how we were we going to survive on just one income and what we could we do to work on minimalizing our waste and save money. I could relate to Lydia's story.

What was it about Lydia's story that inspired you to do the same?
Karah: We knew if Lydia could do it with four children we could definitely do it with our one.

How are you finding your new lifestyle?
Karah: My daughter is now three months old and we have never been kinder to our environment and pockets. Following Lydia's journey has made me more aware of wastage, plastic usage, gifting handmade goods and investing in reusable items.

Everything we now purchase is a conscience choice and has changed our way of spending. We were pleasantly surprised with how much easier it was to do than it sounded.

Lydia's friend Phillip.
Lydia's friend Phillip. Source: 1 NEWS

Phillip Holden 

Lydia: My friend Philip has been a massive help to us redistributing plants he grows himself within the community.

How did you hear about Lydia's supermarket-free challenge?
Phillip: I heard about it through community dinners where we discussed how to grow our local economy.

What was it about Lydia's story that inspired you to do the same?
Phillip: Lydia's story showed if one person can make a difference imagine the difference we can create if we all come together.

How are you finding your new lifestyle?
Phillip: I'm finding the new lifestyle is bringing people in the community together and has us working towards mutual goals. Our current goal is to produce 5,000 fruit trees and to educate people on how they can feed themselves without having to partake in mass consumerism.

Source: 1 NEWS

From Lydia's Garden - Garden spiralizer salad

In a large bowl throw through the spiralizer machine
1/2 peeled beetroot
1 cored Apple
1/2 peeled red onion
1 carrot
1 cucumber
Once spiralizer add
1 handful of parsley
Crushed walnuts
Thin sliced capsicum
Sunflower seeds
Top with balsamic vinaigrette before serving.


SPCA probes suspected poisoning of 'much-loved' Titirangi chickens

The SPCA is investigating whether chickens have been poisoned in Titirangi.

The roaming chickens are a familiar sight in Titirangi, where locals recently reported finding them in a state of distress.

SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen told Morning Report they were told by locals it might be a pest-management initiative, but if that was true, it was a "cruel and horrible" method.

Seven wild chickens, all of which had similar symptoms, were taken in by SPCA after locals reported the incidents to the organisation.

One had to be put down and the other six were doing "reasonably well".

Toxicology tests will be carried out on the chicken that was euthanised to determine the cause of the symptoms of disorientation, stumbling, falling and being dazed.

"There's ways and means of dealing with problems if they are a problem, and that's to do a humane solution - to either move them on somewhere, find someone who does want to have them as a permanent thing.

"If they are sick or injured we would, of course, humanely euthanise them if that was the right action for that chicken," she said.

Residents were hopeful the six chickens they took in would survive.

"The chickens are much-loved... in that neighbourhood and the residents of Titirangi are happy to see them.

"They are actually very social beings and make you smile," she said.

Chicken (file picture). Source:

Eight cattle die after 1080 drop in Waikato as DOC work to increase numbers of endangered kokāko

Eight cattle have died in the Waikato following a 1080 drop there.

1 NEWS has been provided with video from a concerned local showing a dead cow lying in the 1080 drop zone.

The Department of Conservation said it appears the cattle escaped their paddock through a broken fence line, wandering into the Mapara Wildlife Reserve where the poison was dropped.

"We have been working closely with the landowner concerned to confirm exactly what happened, and also to support them as any good neighbour would under these circumstances with the burial of the animals and feed for the others," DOC Operations Director David Speirs said.

Officials emphasised that the area is "one of their most important strongholds for kōkako (an endangered native bird) on mainland New Zealand" due to 30 years of pest control in the area, including the controversial 1080 programme.

The latest drop, focusing on the eradication of rates, possums and stoats, took place 6 September.

The cattle had been spotted in the drop zone during a pre-flight two weeks earlier, and the farmer who owned the animals was advised, officials said.

"No stock should ever be allowed within the pest control operational area," DOC said in a statement.

Department of Conservation staff say in the past month they've had their car tyres slashed and wheel nuts loosened. Source: 1 NEWS

The animal deaths come at an especially sensitive time for the Department of Conservation, as anti-1080 activists step up protests.

The government agency has suggested many of the protestors have been influenced by fake news and misrepresented photos on social media.

With the increased publicity has come a torrent of online threats an abuse of workers, DOC threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki told RNZ yesterday.

The Department of Conservation says eight cows that died in the Waikato wandered off their paddock and into the drop zone.


Sky Tower turns violet tonight to mark women's suffrage anniversary

For one week starting tonight, the Sky Tower will be violet to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women's right to vote in New Zealand.

The Auckland landmark will also be adorned with a 13-metre high projection of Suffrage 125 - Whakatū Wāhine logo.

Following a hard fought suffrage movement, both men and women went to the polls on 19 September 1893 - making New Zealand the first nation in the world in which women had the right to vote.

"The colour violet represents dignity and self-respect and the white camellia of the Suffrage 125 logo was worn by people supporting women's right to vote in New Zealand," SkyCity officials said in a statement.

Touted as the Southern Hemisphere's tallest free-standing structure, the Sky Tower often projects different colours onto its spire to commemorate special occasions such as Matariki and Anzac Day, or to express solidarity with other nations in the wake of natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

Tim Wilson joined members of the armed services as they flicked the switch tonight. Source: Seven Sharp

Irish pubs are preparing to open early as New Zealand gets into the Irish spirit. Source: 1 NEWS

The Auckland skyscraper lit up in red, white and blue in tribute to the French. Source: 1 NEWS

Sky Tower marks 20 years of operating on Thursday and it’s watched Auckland grow up around it. Source: Seven Sharp


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