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Economate educates new entrepreneurs

Economate’s Katy and Nick were delighted to be invited to present at Victoria University Wellington’s/VicLink Entrepreneur Bootcamp. We described Economate’s journey, from simple idea and conversation to development into a social enterprise diverting nearly 100 cubic metres of waste to good causes in the community each year. We explained the importance of understanding audience and […]

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Meeting a fellow furniture saviour in Featherston

We met a kindred spirit this weekend in Collie Burt, a 76-year-old master craftsman whose talent goes largely hidden in a small garage in Featherston. You see Collie 1) appreciates good timber 2) hates seeing it go to waste and 3) uses his craft to connect people with quality wood. His workshop is scattered with […]

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Economate’s Katy brings new life to old furniture

After four years of exploring materiality, through a Masters of Fine Art, Katy’s project has come to full fruition. Working with both raw timber and recovered and visualising the intrinsic stories hidden within old secondhand furniture Katy shows how old material can be given a new lease of life. ‘My project is about revealing the […]

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Climate Change Bill Draft – let’s do this!

We can shout. We can moan. We can use our reusable cup. We can gather in the streets and refuse to go into school until something is done about Climate Change! But in reality…. all you’re achieving is missing your schoolwork and raising your blood pressure. Sadly national (and international) climate change action must take […]


SBN and ‘Closing the Loop’

Thanks to the wonderful Sustainable Business Network and Lower Hutt’s Metal Art/RePlas for hosting a screening of ‘Closing the Loop’ by Prof. Dr Wayne Visser and Director Graham Sheldon. Closing the Loop touches on the fundamentals of a circular economy, specifically drawing upon international examples under the themes of 1. Reduce, 2. Reuse, 3. Recycle, […]


Frances Whitehead – The Embedded artist

At Worser Bay Life Saving Club we had the fantastic opportunity to listen to Frances Whitehead’s presentation about “Tactics for Praxis and The Embedded artist”. Frances is a Professor at the School of Art Institute Chicago, a plant worshipper and pagan. Frances used to come from a material studio practice background and now works in […]