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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 Transition Town movement is all about anticipating change, community, resilience, and actively creating solutions. Click here to find out more.

​Our postal address is: Natural Heritage Societyc/o Community House,100 Thames St Oamaru 9400
Our 2016 Sustainable Skills Summer School is now over, here's what was on though just to give you an idea of what it is all about, and the kinds of things that will be on next year. See you then. 
(You can download a PDF of this programme by clicking here)

(For more information on a course click on its title.) 



The Film Festival

On above La Cucina (entrance in Tees St) on Saturday the 23rd of January from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Our selection of the best short films and TED talks on sustainability themes.

See the listings further down this page.


"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.

Q.What are Transition Towns- A. Here's A Movie.....

Our Summer School Sponsors:


(Principle Sponsor)

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And thanks for their support to