Living the Change - Local Action

After the screening of the film Living the Change we invited people who were inspired by the film to look at what we could do locally.  We also wanted to find out what is already happening so that we don't have to reinvent the wheel and also so that people can easily find and get in touch with people doing things they're interested in. 

What follows is what people have shared with us. These initiatives haven't been started by Resilient Carterton (except where stated) and we're delighted that so much is already happening. 

Buckthorn removal

Buckthorn (rhamnus alaternus) is an identified weed. It proliferates in Carterton and can turn into a tree.

Sean Mulcahy is on the case for ensuring it is completely removed from our dstrict.

He has worked to remove Buckthorn from his property through weeding and with the assistance of a Pullerbear (see and herbicides as well as tree removal and is happy to share his knowledge. 

Contact Sean: Phone 06 379 9316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteering Wairarapa

Would you like to give your time to helping out worthy causes?

Do you need volunteers to help you get a project done?

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Facebook page

Wairarapa Voice

Promoting local participatory democracy.

Wairarapa Voice was very active during the debate about the proposed amalgamation of the three councils. It is now focusing on promoting cooperation across the three councils and submissions to the councils' Long Term Plans (including the Greater Wellington Regional Council).

Facebook page

Wai Waste

WaiWaste rescues food that would go to animal fodder or the tip and distributes it to those in need.

Facebook Page

WaiWaste website


Wairarapa Heart

Wairarapa Heart is a gathering of a diverse group of people with a powerful intent to reconnect as ‘community’ to transform our systems with compassion and sustainability.
We are concerned about the future of humanity and the need to be part of the change that is required. Connecting with like-minded people is seen as the way to build capacity for that to happen.

Meets first Thursday of each month at Heart of Arts, Carterton.

On Facebook

Mangatarere Restoration Society

This is a streamcare group that is working to improve the health of the Mangatarere Stream. Volunteers come from the community, farming, local industry and iwi.

Facebook Group