South Coast Environment Society

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We are a highly energised group in the village of Riverton, a small coastal community in Southland where we have established and developed

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Our Environment Centre in Riverton is venue for many active local groups including an organic food co-operative, Riverton Estuary Care, Aparima Pest Busters and Riverton Organic Growers. We run festivals and projects, such as the annual Heritage Harvest Festival and the Open Orchard project, and provide information on how to live sustainably.

We have an impressive array of other projects and initiatives have been able to develop that otherwise would have been difficult to facilitate without a base. These include their Seed savers network, Southland wide adult and childrens education and are establishing Heritage Orcahrd parks throughout Southland.

We are presently raising money to own our building debt free - see the upgrade tab.

More about us

The South Coast Environment Society (SCES) was formed in 1996 to operate the newly established Riverton Environment Centre in Southland. The Centre provides a base for and support the three pre-existing groups, Riverton Estuary Care, Riverton Organic Gardeners, and Riverton Organic Food Co-op.

With educational displays in the Centre the Society promotes environmental awareness on a broad range of topics.They have an impressive array of other projects and initiatives have been able to develop that otherwise would have been difficult to facilitate without such a base: Southland Seed Savers, Open Orchard Project, their annual Heritage Harvest Festival to name a few.

The Society has provided constant and reliable management for the Centre, making it the oldest continuously running Environment Centre in New Zealand and in 2016 was judged as the best Environment Centre in NZ by the Ministry for the Environment.

Latest update

March 2017  31 May 2014

We have $14,000 to go to own our Environment Centre building debt free. On the 1st February 2017 we were given one months notice to buy the building that we have rented for 15 years before it went on the open market.

Through many generous donations and a 'pledge me' campaign raised nearly $60,000 and 4 kind people are loaning us the balance that enabled us to buy the Building on the 28th! We are now raising money to cover the balance, so we can repay these kind laons.

Once we own the building, and with this show of public support, we can apply to national funders to strengthen and renovate the building so it will suit our needs for the next 15 years.

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    Kristen & Alex on 24 Apr 2019



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    Riki on 08 Jun 2017



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