The next Environmental Wellbeing workshop is taking place on Friday, 29th April, at 11 am at Linton Park.
Weeding and Planting day. BYO gardening tools and gloves. Lunch provided. Register with  
President Hayley Murphy welcomed guest speakersLeidy, Yumiko, Astrid ( baby Ata ), Saskia; visitors, and, Sandy Clelland, 
The workshops are a series of days organised by Multicultural Rotorua.
YUKIMO Yukimo came to New Zealand in 1994. “Since I moved here I didn’t know much about the environment; living in an apartment in Japan.” A lot of people talked about the environment when Yukimo worked at Rainbow Springs. She learned about native trees and kiwi. She also worked at Hell’s Gate and Mokoia Island. “To change the environment of Rotorua we need to be knowledgeable,” Yukimo said. “We need to know what is sustainable.” She has three children and decided to come to a new country. A big part is understanding the Treaty of Waitangi. “Everyone gets together and shares information and makes friends.
” LEIDY Leidy was involved with the Compost Workshop. “I lived in small houses with very small backyards and now I’m learning.” The workshop was discussing hot compost and wooden pallets. “People were very interested in the workshop,” Leidy said. “There were 23 participants from 12 countries.
” ASTRID Astrid is from Sweden and had her gorgeous son, Ata with her. “We are a young family starting out in a market garden.” She was involved in the Organic Farming Workshop. There were 33 participants from 12 countries. “We explored the way we grow food in the world— is it sustainable,” Astrid said. “We’re wasting hectares and hectares of land.” She looked at the integration of animals: “chickens peek and poo— which is very good for the garden.” She believes when you have community-led agriculture it is more sustainable.
SASKIA Saskia is from South Africa. “Our next activity is Weeding and Planting— this Friday; 11am—2pm at Linton Park,”