To produce healthy and nutritious kai in line with sustainable climate change ready principles.
This project has a holistic focus on improving long-term health outcomes for students and their whaanau in the Manurewa community, working with the Kaahui Ako o Manurewa. The community comprises 5000 school students.
The goal of this programme is to give children the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential. Middlemore Foundation raises the funds to support health services provided by Counties Manukau Health and for the child health innovation projects.
Encourage nutritious, healthy eating
Provide a healing space
Opportunity for healthy outdoor exercise
A place to bring community together
Encourage students to choose employment pathways in horticulture, hospitality, landscape design or climate change.
Student and Whaanau planting their own food and learning about growing veges
Increase attendance in schools by giving them a positive place to go/learn
The whenua is located next to Manurewa High School and adjacent to Manukau Super Clinic. Counties Manukau District Health Board, who owns the land, has leased it free to the community.
The 1.5 acre paddock, located in the heart of Manurewa, is being transformed into a community and educational urban farm - starting with water tanks needed to harvest rainwater for growing plants.
Plans for the garden include an education garden, a healing garden, a food forest, a worm farm (which utilises waste from Manukau Super Clinic) and a huge community garden with communal and allotment areas, to provide wholesome and nutritious food to the Manurewa Community.
The Community farm will be planted according to traditional maramataka horticultural practices, and will be tended to by volunteers and local community groups.
We are celebrating Christmas by raising funds for native trees to be planted as a windbreak at the Manurewa Community Garden.
Any contribution will make a significant difference to many struggling families in South Auckland. Thank you for changing the odds in this community.