Aotea Advocate

Free community news on Aotea Great Barrier Island. For the community, by the community. LATEST RELEASE ISSUE 10 – THURSDAY 18 JULY Please note we are producing one issue per month in July and August. We will return to fortnightly … Read More

Native Plant Nursery Changes Hands

We are excited to announce that Aotea Community Native Plant Nursery has set out for new growth. The Community Nursery was established in 2019 and has been run by Windy Hill Sanctuary since it’s inception. Now, it is operating as … Read More

A 1980’s Snapper Snapshot

A legacy of fishing on Aotea These are some observations offered by Bob Whitmore of Tipi and Bobs that were gleaned from his years commercial long line fishing out of Tryphena around 45 years ago. They have long been scribed … Read More

Bye Bye Bushy Asparagus

Bushy Asparagus Asparagus aethiopicus, is an Aotea High Risk Weed.  Originally from South Africa and once a popular garden ornamental, it is now jumping the fence from the pot plant and forming dense infestations, which excludes native vegetation. It has long-lived tubers that … Read More

Food Resilience and the Garden in July

Changes to Aotea’s Food Resilience Programme Food resilience is essential for the security or resilience of our community and can play a significant role in reducing use of resources and waste to landfill. The Food Resilience Programme supported by the … Read More

A ‘Thank you’ from Helen McLorinan

A creative month with Helen McLorinan brought 7 painting workshops this May. It was such a hive of activity, creativeness and achievements for all that participated. There was so much interest with each one fully booked. It is with huge thanks to … Read More

AFSG Turnaround

What a difference 365 days can make. This time last year it was standing room only at a tense Aotea Family Support Group annual general meeting at the St Johns Church annex in Medlands. People had turned up to hear … Read More

New Life for Orama

A new leadership team at Orama Oasis has revealed ambitious plans on Aotea FM’s Monday morning show.  Operations manager Dean Salthouse said the Christian community at Karaka Bay is planning a new charter school. The school would have about 20 … Read More

The Missaars Make Moves

Haere rā Last winter, we arrived with our three children, Lily, Reef and Maya on your beautiful motu for a whole year of bonding and educational adventures. We are very sad to say goodbye to so many kind and loving … Read More

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