Upcoming Events:

Annual Matariki Multicultural Tree Planting – Saturday 15 July 2023, 10:30am-1:30pm.

EarthDiverse, the Waikato Interfaith Council, the Waikato Multicultural Council, GoEco, Kaivolution, Tui 2000, Friends of Waiwhakareke, the Bahá’í Community, Waikato Biodiversity Forum, and the Hamilton City Council are co-organising a Community-wide tree planting event to take place in Hamilton on Saturday 15 July 2023, 10:30am-1:30pm (Rain Date in case of absolutely awful weather will be on Saturday 22 July 2023). This year we need to use the Rotokauri Rd entrance due to works at the Brymer Rd entrance across from the Zoo.

Bring a spade or shovel, gumboots, appropriate outdoor weather gear (e.g. hat, rain gear, sunglasses), some gardening gloves, water and a big smile. If you don’t want to dig there are other ways to help out (like bringing a small food donation, or helping with setting out and serving a light lunch). A light lunch will be served (courtesy of EarthDiverse, Kaivolution, Go Eco, Waikato Interfaith Council, the Bahá’í Community, Ahmaddiyya Muslim Community,  and others). Any ready to eat food donations (e.g. bread, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, baked goods, UHT milk, tea bags, instant coffee, juice, etc.) will be much appreciated. Please bring your own plates, cutlery or mugs in order to minimise waste. 100 people would mean planting 5-10 saplings each. Mark this date in your diaries now! Come and help offset your carbon usage!


• 9:30-10:00am: set up marquees, booths, tables, food, etc.


• 10:15-10:30am: arrive and find parking on Rotokauri Rd.

• 10:30-11:00am: Intro, welcome and health & safety briefing at carpark

• 11:00-12:15pm: plant saplings in Waiwhakareke reserve

• 12:15-1:30pm: shared free buffet lunch; mingling and networking


NOTE:  Please do not use the car park across from the Zoo entrance on Brymer Rd  this year due to ongoing development work. Please park along Rotokauri Rd and Kourataki Road. Helpers will be there to guide you. Once parked, enter Waiwhakareke via the Rotokauri Road Gate. Marquees and tables for organising groups can be set up just inside the gate. We will gather here, just inside the Rotokauri Rd gate for our 10:30am orientation, then we will walk to the tree planting area. The light lunch will be served near the Rotokauri gate.

For more information on this event visit <Multicultural Tree Planting>.

Community Celebration: Día de Los Muertos – 1 November 2022, 5:30-8:30pm. EarthDiverse Centre, 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton CBD, First Floor, Entrance on the left.

A cultural event with food to share. Mexicans begin celebrating on 1 November and keep going until 2 November. Participants can discuss the altars that they have created. Come and celebrate the eve of Día de Los Muertos with EarthDiverse and the Waikato Mexican community, who will share some delicacies, songs and visual elements of this tradition. Enjoy a very special event with celebrate this enduring tradition!

Waikato Interfaith Council Annual Interfaith Service – Saturday 5 November 2022, 5:00-6:30pm. Lady Goodfellow Chapel, University of Waikato. Multifaith service 5:00-6:00pm, followed at 6:00pm with tea/coffee social. Free and Open to the Public. All are invited to attend or participate.