An Opportunity Not To Be Missed

An opportunity not to be missed if you are passionate about taking real action to improve our environment!

We are seeking expressions of interest for a new Chair and additional Trustees to join Lincoln Envirotown Trust. If you have an interest in building community and promoting sustainable living in the Selwyn District and relevant skills (e.g. project management, funding, networking) contact Dave Fitzjohn, Project Manager at or call 03 426 0445.  We are looking for more than one additional Trustee so please pass this onto anyone else you think would fit this role. 

Lincoln Envirotown Trust is a Selwyn-wide organisation that promotes sustainability throughout the District and is supported by Lincoln University with an Memorandum of Understanding.  LET has a team of 6 Trustees, committee members and paid employees, who carry out projects, initiatives and events with sustainability themes throughout area. We apply for funds yearly, which are all put back into the community.  Some of our activities include Responsible Business Awards, Lincoln Community Gardens, Mahoe Reserve, Selwyn Timebank, battery recycling, native planting, education and outreach and more. We partner with many businesses and organisations in Selwyn District to deliver these. 

If you are interested in joining our enthusiastic group, or wish to find out more information, please contact

Dave Fitzjohn, Project Manager

e: | p: 03 423 0445




Battery Recycling


In the middle of March a container appeared in Lincoln New World into which people were invited to place their used household batteries. These are to be recycled instead of going to landfill. Anyone who possibly can, is urged to make use of this exciting new facility. It seems highly probable that it is the only household battery recycling offered through a supermarket in New Zealand.

The scheme was initiated by Lincoln Envirotown Trust, who contacted Alan Liefting of Ecotech Services to discuss this specialist service offered by them. The Trust was soon joined enthusiastically by Kyle Burnett of New World who agreed to provide the space for us to trial the concept. Maria Wake from the Sustainable Initiative Fund Trust was very supportive and the trust agreed to fund the start up costs of the project. Selwyn District Council’s Waste Manager, Andrew Boyd is very positive about the potential of this unique plan. “It’s great to see a problematic material in the waste stream being tackled through a community led initiative”.

After much research on the safe storage of batteries, a container was commissioned and has been filling up with common household batteries at a rapid rate. Lincoln Envirotown will soon make the first delivery of batteries for recycling to Ecotech Services. Here they are sorted, discharged where necessary, and stored for shipment to specialist recycling plants overseas.

This exciting “first” for Selwyn fulfils the important objective of keeping toxic materials out of our landfills and is another step towards achieving environmental goals. In some European countries it is compulsory to recycle household batteries.

The hope is to start other “stations” at retail outlets around Selwyn but in the mean time all are again urged to keep their batteries out of bins and bring them to New World in Lincoln.

Click to view details of the types of batteries that can be recycled. 



Responsible Business Awards


New Responsible Business Awards to launch in June Platinum Award winners of the Malvern RBAS with Mayor Sam Broughton and Assessor Wendy Wild


Lincoln Envirotown are looking forward to the launch of their new Responsible Business Awards. These have undergone changes to both the survey that businesses are asked to complete, and the process which will be conducted on line.


Lincoln Envirotown would like to thank the Lincoln University Researchers Tracy Anne De Silva, Azadeh Nilipour, and Charlotte Thompson. These people have been largely instrumental in getting business feedback on our previous awards and devising a new survey in response to this feedback. We are also grateful to Andrew Boyd of Selwyn District Council for his advice in some areas.


The other exciting development is that for the first time, businesses of every Selwyn District will be invited to participate. Malvern and West Melton were assessed last year for the first time, and were the only areas that underwent the process in 2016 while work was done on the new Awards for everyone.


Businesses will still be aiming to receive Awards ranging from Bronze to Platinum and there will be winners in each area. However this year we aim to declare an overall Selwyn winner and to have a separate category for Educational entries which will allow all our district’s schools to compete against each other as well as receiving their relevant certificate. It is a testament to the educators that schools have traditionally received high awards for their sustainable practices.


In June assessors and the Responsible Business Coordinator will be sending an on line survey to businesses. Assessors will then arrange visits, to discuss the results of the survey and talk to people about their practices and initiatives. Businesses have reported very favourably on the changes that have been implemented and we look forward to an interesting and exciting “awards season”.

For more details contact or call 03 423 0445



Kim Hill Hot Topic

Water - a Global Issue affecting New Zealand

Listen to Kim Hill and panellists in a stimulating discussion.  WATER – for New Zealand, for the world - what has to change to ensure our future?  Is NZ using its water responsibly?

Click to listen


Bryan Jenkins: Well-known water expert

Ken Hughey: Lincoln University/DOC

Peter Townsend: CEO, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce

Brent Clothier: Plant and Food Research

Thanks to our sponsors

Selwyn District Council, Rata Foundation, Living Water, Lincoln University, Plant & Food Research, Lincoln Agritech, The AgriBusiness Group, The Laboratory, Ursula Bedgood Bayleys Realty, Trees for Canterbury, Peter Yealands Wine Group, and GreenLinc.

Photo credit: Peter Jarvis



Keep New Zealand Beautiful 2017

Children find almost no life in the Liffey stream bed!Primary School children collect their samples

On Tuesday September 12th, Lincoln Envirotown invited a group of pupils from each of the three surrounding schools to attend the annual “Keep New Zealand Beautiful” event on the Liffey Domain by North Belt. Lots of keen students with their teachers and parents and other community members came along.  Each school group undertook different tasks aimed at showing how important it is to keep our Environment in a healthy state and the work that it takes.

Matt Stanford from Enviroschools Canterbury ran activities about waste with the children from Kidsfirst Kindergarten, Lincoln.  Despite the fact that the area looked relatively tidy, the children managed to find plenty of rubbish.

Waterwatch from Lincoln University ran the water quality testing with the Primary and Secondary schools. The primary school assessed the water quality by collecting water from the river and seeing what tiny living creatures were there (indicator invertebrates).   

The Lincoln High School students measured the phosphates and nitrates in the water. More detailed results click here.

However, perhaps the most important participants as far as the school children were concerned, were the wonderful team from the Lincoln New World Supermarket who again provided the sausage sizzle which arrived in their electric van.

It was generally agreed that it was an enjoyable and educational morning’s activity and Lincoln Envirotown Trust would like to thank all involved.