The projects below came from the Motueka and Golden Bay Community Games held in NZ in 2015 and 16. 
Participants ranged in age from 12 to 80 years old and the projects ranged from huge plans for reversing global warming to smaller but sweet ideas such as The Wishing Tree. 
Read brief descriptions below. We hope you will be inspired to help out in some way even if it's just flicking folks a quick email with encouragement. 

The Motueka Game, February 26th - 28th, 2016

The Team

CONTACT: Katerina Seligman

PROJECT 1: Biochar Solutions

Bring forward the multiple benefits of biochar for agriculture, local air and water quality and to sequester carbon, thereby helping to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to combat climate change. The group plans to acquire the district's first biochar making pyrolyser and build a business venture putting it to work and proliferating the use of multiple pyrolysers in the region.   


Promote this fabulous financial system, bringing together collective, affordable, debt-free home ownership with a secure, ethical savings plan. From young families who need their own homes, to savers looking for security in retirement, all will benefit from collaborative home ownership. 


Contact: Jo Calt

PROJECT 3: Eat Smart

Based at MOTEC, Eat Smart is a program to teach students the value of ultra-healthy fresh food and how to grow and prepare these foods for eating. It involves establishing a dedicated garden at MOTEC right outside the kitchen. 

PROJECT 4:The Motueka Rudolf Steiner School

Our School community has the vision of becoming a farm-based school. We have an existing  thriving school and now a beautiful farm, so now it’s time to gather the team to design, fundraise and build something special. We invite you to join the team and become part of it.



Contact: Alexis Bourgeois

PROJECT 5: Takaka Hemp Collective

From an existing first year trial plot of hemp, we are looking to build the capacity of local hemp production and manufacturing in this region.    

 PROJECT 6: Alternatiba Tasman Bay

Alternatiba is an event originally created in 2012 by a grassroots movement in France to mobilise society to face the challenges of climate change. Over the last 4 years Alternatiba festivals were organised in many European towns involving numerous organisations, local communities and individuals to showcase local solutions and alternatives to mitigate the effects of climate change.

project 7:  building a local living economy with Motueka Community Shares

Community Shares Motueka is based on a concept of local currencies, which are a money-free way of trading skills within a community. Instead of dollars, credits known as 'Talents' or 'Hours' are used as payment. You earn these credits for goods or services you provide for other members, and then use them to access other goods and services from other members. How can we get more people using this fabulous local economic empowerment tool?

The Golden Bay Game December 4th - 6th, 2015

The Team

Energy Independent TakakaThe project holders are Oscar Michel, Chrystal Boomert and Ute Nabert.  

Project 1: Energy Independent Takaka 2025 

An idea for unique sustainable energy solutions for each household and the possibility of using the waste from the local population of 30,000 cows as a power source. The goal is to make Takaka independent for energy by 2025. 


"The Game gave me a lot motivation and inspiration. Regardless of personality difference and age everyone collaborated in a way I had never seen/experienced before.  Worth a weekend!"

Please contact Oscar if you would like to find out more about the project or want to contribute knowledge, time or skills. 

The TEam

The Wishing Tree

The project holders are Kynan Cowley-Hunt, Rae McDowell, Melinda Hatherly, and Martine Bouillir.   

Please contact Kynan if you would like to find out more about the project or want to contribute knowledge, time or skills.  

Project 2: The Takaka Wishing Tree 

This is a unique idea to create a community hub using a live tree as a centrepiece and turning it into a work of art where people can gather, hang their wishes and leave community messages. 

Click to LIKE this project.

Takaka Wishing Tree is a place in the community gardens to post projects and interest to create collaboration between all ages and walks of life. 


"Join The Game if you want to catapult into what is real, valuable, relevant and meaningful in community.  Learn to be a collaborative change maker for a better world. Have fun & live the dream!" 


Come As You Are Peer Support Center

The project holders are Kare Grayson, Jonathon Martin, and Skyla Boomert.   

Project 3:  "Come As You Are" Peer Support Centre In Golden Bay

This vision is for a safe haven for people who are feeling on the edge from life's stresses and need a place to relax, get some support if they need it and take a time out.


"The Community Game was a motivational creating learning exercise which taught me the power of collaboration." 

 Please contact Kare if you would like to find out more about the project or want to contribute knowledge, time or skills.


Brain Garden

The project holders are Iris Huebler,  Zackary Domike, and Jo Calt. 

Project 4: Grow Your Genius Brain food Garden

This amazing concept will be based at The Golden Bay Community Gardens, an initiative to inform, educate and supply people with the 12 greatest brain food vegetables! 

Click to LIKE this project.


"Cannot wait for The Community Game to come to Motueka.  Next stop - the world!"  Jo

Please contact Iris if you would like to find out more about the project or want to contribute knowledge, time or skills.