Environment centre in new home

Environment centre has new home with 'enourmous potential' on Palmerston Rd.

Environment centre has new home with 'enourmous potential' on Palmerston Rd.

NEW BEGINNINGS: Tairawhiti Environment Centre project. Picture by Liam Clayton

RECYCLING depots, information centres and a big green space for outdoor workshops — those are just a few of the “exciting” offerings at the new Tairawhiti Environment Centre (TEC) building in Palmerston Road.

It will also house Gisborne District Council’s Rethink Centre and backs on to the Department of Conservation (DoC) building.

“We want the area to be an enviro/conservation hub,” says TEC project manager Theresa Zame.

“We are all really excited about the new space.

“It is a blank canvas with enormous potential. It ticks all of the boxes.”

While the new centre officially opened its doors yesterday, much of the building work will take place over the coming months.

The front of the building will be a shop/information area, offering environmentally-friendly products, information brochures and a big screen showcasing the region’s environmental projects.

There will be specific recycling depots for things that cannot easily be recycled, such as toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, light bulbs and plastic wrap.

While the shop front will not be in operation until next year, the recycling depot should be up and running in the next month.

Behind the building is a vast green-space the group plans to transform into a “vibrant sustainable backyard”, where they will continue offering their variety of DIY workshops.

The Rethink Centre will be housed in a large bright area at the back of the building and will be available to school groups and the public to learn about waste management.

With only a fence separating the property and the DoC building they have plans to build a gate and path between them and will look to do some collaborative projects.

Centre's first move in three years

Founded in 1990, TEC has moved around several locations, and occupied the previous spot, 56 Ballance Street, for the past 3½ years.

Earlier this year TEC was named one of the top three environment centres in the country, following a review by the Ministry for the Environment.

• TEC’s new location is 386 Palmerston Road and opening hours are: Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm, and Saturday 9am – noon.

RECYCLING depots, information centres and a big green space for outdoor workshops — those are just a few of the “exciting” offerings at the new Tairawhiti Environment Centre (TEC) building in Palmerston Road.

It will also house Gisborne District Council’s Rethink Centre and backs on to the Department of Conservation (DoC) building.

“We want the area to be an enviro/conservation hub,” says TEC project manager Theresa Zame.

“We are all really excited about the new space.

“It is a blank canvas with enormous potential. It ticks all of the boxes.”

While the new centre officially opened its doors yesterday, much of the building work will take place over the coming months.

The front of the building will be a shop/information area, offering environmentally-friendly products, information brochures and a big screen showcasing the region’s environmental projects.

There will be specific recycling depots for things that cannot easily be recycled, such as toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, light bulbs and plastic wrap.

While the shop front will not be in operation until next year, the recycling depot should be up and running in the next month.

Behind the building is a vast green-space the group plans to transform into a “vibrant sustainable backyard”, where they will continue offering their variety of DIY workshops.

The Rethink Centre will be housed in a large bright area at the back of the building and will be available to school groups and the public to learn about waste management.

With only a fence separating the property and the DoC building they have plans to build a gate and path between them and will look to do some collaborative projects.

Centre's first move in three years

Founded in 1990, TEC has moved around several locations, and occupied the previous spot, 56 Ballance Street, for the past 3½ years.

Earlier this year TEC was named one of the top three environment centres in the country, following a review by the Ministry for the Environment.

• TEC’s new location is 386 Palmerston Road and opening hours are: Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm, and Saturday 9am – noon.

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