Went and saw Flight of the Butterflies last night – delightful 3D documentary being shown as a fundraiser for the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust. The seats sold so quickly that they’re doing it all again on June 22 – 6.30pm at Bay City Cinemas in Tauranga. Book the $16 tickets here (and also see a trailer).

This delightful film traces the work of Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart to understand more about the orange butterflies that fascinated him as a child, alternating with a narrative about the monarchs’ grand migration. Until Fred and his army of ‘citizen scientists’ no one knew the flight path, what happened at the other end or even where the other end was!

Beautiful photography that had us all reaching out to cup a butterfly as they flew round our heads (3D glasses on loan at the theatre). The film was introduced by Jacqui Knight, chairwoman of the MBNZ trust, who mentioned the alarming decline of the native forest ringlet butterfly.

Another documentary coming up is a call to action – Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. This shows at the Banks Ave Hall, Mt Maunganui on June 12 at 6.30pm with food trucks available. Email to book a $15 ticket.

Merivale Community Gardens in Tauranga is adding a new plank to its platform – installing vege gardens in backyards with ongoing support to help keep it producing. The first one was installed in March and sponsored by Dr Luke Bradford, a GP. To sponsor a garden or to be considered for one at your place email community gardens co-ordinator Deb McCarthy.

Fancy a project? Waitakaruru Arboretum is for sale. The 17.5ha sculpture garden and arboretum has been developed over several years in a former quarry situated between Cambridge, Morrinsville and Hamilton. See a video of the property here (3:44) and see the sales listing here. One good owner (technically, two, but you know what I mean).

Don’t forget to check the Events listings to find something that’s coming up near you. The list is being updated all the time.


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