You have reached the site of the Natural Heritage Society, Oamaru Inc, the umbrella organisation for Transition Oamaru & Waitaki District. As such we are part of the world-wide Transition Towns movement.

While we have engaged in a number of activities in the past (see About Us), since 2011 our focus is on the Sustainable Skills Schools. The schools aim to provide the community with a strong base of traditional and modern skills that promote resilience in the local economy and to prepare communities for the effects of Peak Oil and Climate Change.

The fifth Sustainable Skills Summer School will take place from 24 January - 8 February 2015. The programme of courses will be available on the website in mid November.
Click here to see the courses that were offered last year.


"TimeBank Waitaki" is proving to be very helpful to its members, but we would love many more to join us. Timebanking is a way of trading skills in a community. It originated in the US in the 1980's and has since spread all over the world, including New Zealand. For more information on this exciting project and how to become involved, click here.

We would like to thank the Waitaki District Council and the Aoraki Polytecnic for their support.

Postal Address

Our postal address is:
Natural Heritage Society
c/o Community House,
100 Thames St
Oamaru 9400

Summer School Tutors Wanted..

Sustainable Skills Summer School
24 January to 8 February 2015

Click here to register as a Tutor

Deadline for Tutor enrolment is now 26 October 2014

Click here to contact us if you have any questions or need more information.

The Transition Town movement is all about anticipating change, community, resilience, and actively creating solutions.

Click here to find out more.

Sharing your skills

We are always looking for more tutors and interesting courses! Our courses are intended to teach important individual skills or help people form strong community relationships.

Participants to our workshops have given us suggestions for future courses, click hereto view this list.

Click here to go to our Tutor Registration page for more information and a registration form.


Picture taken at the Larder Queens course. For more pictures of the sustainable skill schools, click here.