Rethink Waste Workshops and Activities

Nā tō rourou, nā tōku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi
(With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive)

Rethink Waste|Whakaarohia is all about working together to avoid the creation of waste, or find ways to better use resources. Between us all we have knowledge and skills to share and we can all do our bit to minimise our impact on Te Tai Ao.

This programme will be updated as new workshops and activities are added.

Low waste parenting Online Course

In partnership with Waste Free with Kate, Rethink Waste Whakaarohia is sponsoring a Low Waste Parenting as an online course with easy to use modules which can be taken any time.  There is a limit of 50 spaces for Nelson residents.  The course includes a gift bag of low waste parenting staples such as reusable nappies, worth $80, which is included in the registration cost of $21.30 for the whole programme. The course includes a live ‘ask me anything’ with Kate Meads on 7 April.

The course covers topics such as ‘products: feeding & baby food’ and ‘cloth nappies 101’

To find out more or register, go to:

How to Compost workshops

These popular one hour workshops are great for both for beginners and those wanting to troubleshoot their home compost set up. Tim’s Garden’s specialists provide fun and well-informed insights into how to get the most from your compost bin. The workshop includes examples of composting techniques, explains some common errors and provides a host of handy tips.

  • Thursday 28 July , 2022 – 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 20 August, 2022 – 9 am
  • Wednesday 21 September, 2022 - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 15 October, 2022 – 9 am
  • Thursday 10 November, 2022 - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 December, 2022 - 2 pm
  • Thursday 26 January, 2023 - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 22 February, 2023 - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 25 March, 2023 - 2 pm
  • Thursday 20 April, 2023 - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 20 May, 2023 - 2 pm
  • Thursday 15 June, 2023 - 5:30 pm

Places are limited so to reserve your ticket go to

For our beginner's guide to composting, worm farming and bokashi, and information on the retailer subsidy for compost bins, go here:

Rethink Waste composting and food waste hub at the Nelson Saturday Market

  • 3 September 2022
  • 1 October 2022
  • 5 November 2022
  • 3 December 2022
  • 7 January 2023
  • 4 February 2023
  • 4 March 2023
  • 1 April 2023
  • 6 May 2023
  • 3 June 2023

Drop-in for information, tips and demonstrations on how to compost, learn about options for sharing unwanted food, and pick up tips on avoiding food waste with Love Food Hate Waste NZ.

Repair Cafes

Repair cafes are community events which match people with broken household items with skilled volunteers or specialists who like fixing things.  There are a range of repair café events in our region – find more information here:

Second Hand Sunday

Join us every three months for Second Hand Sunday – it’s like a garage sale but with no money involved: