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Waste not, want not. 5 parks that are changing the way we look at waste

Waste not, want not. 5 parks that are changing the way we look at waste

Five of the 50 anti-pollution actions listed in a recent UN Environment report touch on solid waste. One of them emphasises that carefully crafted regulation and policies at the national level are pivotal to moving economies to be more sustainable. On a practical level, some clever waste management projects are proving that parks can have a […]

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Water for all on World Water Day

Water for all on World Water Day

It’s World Water Day today March 22. This year, the United Nations has chosen the theme Water for all to highlight just how important it is for people the world over to have access to clean, fresh water. In New Zealand, we’re fortunate to have an abundant supply of water. We rank in the top […]

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The Growth of Community Gardens

The Growth of Community Gardens

Are you looking to promote healthy lifestyles in your community, all the while encouraging locals to get outside and connect with each other? A community garden could be the answer. Bursting with character and raw beauty, each community garden is unique, and holds a special place in the hearts of those who contribute to its […]

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The new language of flexible urban design

The new language of flexible urban design

Park, plaza or promenade … every public space varies in size, stakeholders and purpose. Flexibility is today’s necessity and modular outdoor furniture is answering the call. Our rapidly urbanising global population demands new thinking about traditional open spaces. Fortunately, a new generation of incredibly adaptable street furniture creates exciting opportunities. Italian company and Urban Effects […]

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People power: urban street furniture gets real

People power: urban street furniture gets real

Great public spaces have been described as “the living room of the city” – and there’s a growing demand to furnish them more thoughtfully. In overcrowded cities, people need public spaces more than ever to connect, belong, unwind and enjoy nature. Often underestimated, the furniture we choose for those spaces has a huge impact on […]

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5 Reasons Why Scooter Racks Rock In NZ!

5 Reasons Why Scooter Racks Rock In NZ!

They’re often overshadowed by their larger, pedalled counterparts, however scooters are back on the scene, and they’re rearing to take over the streets of New Zealand! Every mode of transport deserves to be parked in a safe and secure spot, and with the growing popularity of scooters, it’s time to take charge and provide scooter […]

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National Tree Day: Arbor Day

National Tree Day: Arbor Day

Where would we be today without trees? Nowhere. For as long as we can remember, trees have given us most of our vital requirements as humans- oxygen, food, protection and shelter. Not to mention something beautiful to look at. Now it’s our turn to look after them. Through New Zealand’s National Tree Day, also known […]

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The Beauty of a Public Barbeque!

The Beauty of a Public Barbeque!

The sun is shining, friends and family are in sight- it’s the perfect afternoon. If there’s one common theme in the perfect afternoon, it’s the presence of an outdoor barbeque. Meat eater or not, there’s something everyone can throw on the barbie, and nothing can top the taste. Whether it’s beach side, at the local […]

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