NEC Blog

Fight for the forest – Paul Bensemann – Readers and Writers festival

Posted by Kai Rescue
Based on interviews with key players, Fight for the Forests documents the public campaigns to save our native forests. Beginning in the 1960s with the battle to save Lake Manapouri, Bensemann also covers the campaigns that lead to the creation of several National Parks and established South Westland as a World Heritage Area. read more

Local Protection from Biting Insects

Posted by Karen Driver
The natural repellent in the blue bottle is available at our Ecoland shop in Vanguard Street alongside a host of wonderful products for everyday living and giving. 2B is a locally owned business offering you and your summer visitors effective natural protection against all biting insects. 2B is water-resistant, super long-lasting (4-8 hours) and it smells great. read more

E-waste recycling subsidy for Nelson & Tasman ratepayers

Posted by Karen Driver
NCC now provides a $20 subsidy to Nelson City Council region residents when they bring their e-waste for recycling to NEC’s Ecoland store at 31 Vanguard Street, Nelson. This subsidy is one per household or business up to 30 June 2018. The subsidy total fund is limited so it will finish once it is used up or on 30 June 2018, whichever is earlier. read more

Innovation Award Winners – Heke Homemade Herbals

Posted by Karen Driver
A love of herbs and a loathe of lawn-mowing along with the inspiration gained by filming 50 NZ Eco-entrepreneurs sparked the start of the Heke Homemade Herbals Tea business which just won the 2017 Innovation Award at the Nelson/Tasman Business Awards. read more




A soft landing plan

Posted by Karen Driver
Targets to mitigate climate change will be discussed again by world governments in Paris, later this year. Despite the now alarming evidence of climate change and growing levels of concern around the world, I suggest the chance of a meaningful and binding response is low. The world’s juggernaut of manufacturing, oil based food production, weapons industry etc. would take decades… read more

You can make a difference for our community

Posted by Karen Driver
We are blessed in the Nelson Tasman region with a wonderful climate and outstanding scenery which makes this a beautiful place to live and attracts others to visit. Our natural features alone, however, are not enough to make this a thriving and vibrant region – that requires investment in our community to provide a range of social, recreational, and cultural… read more

Eat Eggs – Give More

Posted by Karen Driver
The Research: New research from The Netherlands [1] suggests that eating eggs may lead people to be more charitable. Researchers found that charitable donating could be promoted by the addition to your diet of an essential amino acid called Tryptophan. The Tryptophan converts into serotonin and melatonin, which promotes mood balancing, good social behaviour, acts of kindness and the making… read more