Sustainability - a conversation starter over the breakfast table

Breakfast was served with a unique difference last week for 50 people from Matamata-Piako who shared a passion for the district’s circular economy.

Council hosted a big breakfast in the Tainui Room of the Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre last week, with guest speaker Heikki Ruohamma. Heikki, visiting New Zealand from Finland, shared his experience about successful circular economy systems, rural revitalisation and agri-tourism in Finland.

This was followed by short presentations by businesses and individuals in the district who are also helping reduce their footprint and improve eco systems. Matamata ward Councillor James Sainsbury, an avid bee farmer and plant and food scientist, shared his passion for bees and their role in the eco system.

Liz MacKay, one of the directors of Jersey Girl Organics, based just outside of Matamata, also shared how they are improving sustainability on farm, including planting more trees, introducing
dung beetle colonies and bottling milk in glass. Following the conclusion of the big breakfast, Heikki, along with Miriana van der Walt, (Wintec Research Office Research and Developer Director),
Kim Linklater (Wintec Territory Manager), Morrinsville ward Councillor Paul Cronin and Henk van Zyl, (A.S. Wilcox Production Manager), visited sustainable businesses in Matamata.