Marlborough is home to numerous environmental groups, all tackling important issues with passion, skills and sheer determination. Marlborough is also home to thousands of children and their families, many of which are enthusiastic about protecting our environment and eager to learn and be more involved.
After a year of thorough research, consultancy and canvassing of the community, the recurring theme was the need for more coordination and increased participation from young people and families on the Marlborough environmental scene. The chosen model to achieve this was, that of an ‘Environmental Hub’. “A facility to unite, inspire and assist Marlborough youth, families and conservation groups to achieve their environmental goals”. The facility opened October 2017 on Auckland Street opposite the Picton iSite.
1. To unite, inspire and enable youth and families to get more involved in local environmental projects.
2. To unite and support Marlborough environment groups, youth and families by providing a community facility that will benefit them or their organization and assist them to reach their conservation goals more efficiently.
• The facility will consist of a shared office space, presentation/workshop facilities
and a resource library. The ability to share these facilities minimises costs to each
individual or organization
• The hub will be situated in a prominent location, easily accessible and readily
available to youth and families.
• The hub will be also be accessible via website, social media, and regular
• Groups will be able to showcase their conservation efforts and raise the profile of
their organisation and its activities. Display opportunities include a display space at
the hub, information on the hub’s website and regular features on the social media
3. To contribute to the conservation and restoration of the Marlborough environment by coordinating and connecting youth and families with more environmental and
Although the hub will initially be focused on youth and families, the long term plan is to extend this focus to encourage both visitors to the region, and the wider community, to get more involved. Picton has a growing reputation as a leader in New Zealand conservation and the hub will enhance this by facilitating free or low cost volunteer experiences. This will encourage locals to get more involved and visitors to stay longer, thereby increasing tourism and more importantly, maximizing our conservation efforts in the region.
Auckland Street, opposite Picton iSite
Phone 021 101 0818
Opening Hours: 7 days a week,
10.00 am - 2.30 pm