Reports are still coming in after a devastating fire has ripped through Wilderland but the need for funds is clear...
Bay of Plenty
With early reports of so much of the land and multiple houses being destroyed at Wilderland there is a clear need for funds that will help the community survive.
Wilderland is a centre for education in sustainable living and is one of New Zealand's longest standing communities. It has had an organic shop to sell healthy food to the local community since 1964.
We will update this page as more details come through.
What is Wilderland?
From their website...
Wilderland strives to be an example of a more sustainable, collaborative way of living with our environment and tries to create methods with which future generations can live in greater harmony with the earth. In all things we aim to give back to the land by applying methods of organic horticulture, land stewardship and developing new sustainable systems for all to learn from.
Wilderland works to develop and showcase the benefits of collaborative sustainability in contemporary New Zealand. Community is collaboration, sharing and support. A healthy community creates a wealth that money can't buy.
Wilderland's charitable purpose is to provide learning experiences to the wider community. Learning occurs mainly through hands-on experience and participation. You can learn how to:
• Build local economy
• Develop collaborative enterprise
• Foster wellbeing
• Grow your own food
• Reduce your ecological footprint
• Minimise the waste you create
I was a resident at Wilderland through 2005-2009 and have a strong interest in helping it persevere.
WAYS TO HELP 21 January 2017
(to contact, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kind people, many of whom have already supported us (and other Comer's Rd folks) in any ways you can, we are now moving towards looking a little bit more forward with our next steps - so we are offering some thoughts on others ways people can help.
We have lost our mechanical tools, power tools and vehicles to name a few things. We have a huge task ahead of us cleaning the site, however this will be impossible if we don't start replenishing our equipment. We have been lucky to receive some starting support with some tools, gloves and respirators from two fantastic local businesses - but we will need much more to start with the cleanup! This is a short list of things that we are looking for that you might have spare of or know someone who can help with:
- HAND TOOLS
-- pry bars
-- sledge hammers
- GARDEN TOOLS
- POWER TOOLS
-- angle grinder
-- wheedwhacker / brush cutter
-- run around farm vehicle (preferably 4wd, doesn't need WOF or COF)
-- trailers (registered or unregistered)
We have had such incredible support from local business' who we will be taking the time to thank individually over the coming weeks and we are in progress towards having our water supply re-established by Tuesday 31st January after having received some donated piping and making contact with tank manufacturers.
OFFERING YOUR TIME
We have had floods of offers to come and help us work on the land - again, please send any offers through to the email - email@example.com - so that we can collate any specific offers of help.