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Te Maara Kai o Wirihana

This community-led kaupapa is a collaboration between Manurewa High School, Middlemore Foundation and Counties Manukau Health.


Our Goal

Middlemore Foundation is supporting Te Maara Kai o Wirihana by funding and working alongside Kaahui Ako O Manurewa and Manurewa Marae to improve long-term health outcomes for students, their whaanau and the Manurewa community. 

The goal is to develop whaanau-led social enterprise to support holistic food systems, health and wellbeing, and foster employment pathways for students into horticulture, environmental sciences and primary industry. 

The Project

Middlemore Foundation is working alongside Manurewa High School, Kaahui Ako and Marae and supporting this kaupapa by providing funding, project guidance and governance as well as catalysing collaborators. The vision is to improve the lives, resilience and cohesion of the Manurewa community through this initiative - with the maara kai tended to and nurtured by students, volunteers and local community groups.

Our goal
The project

The Maara Kai

The 1.6 acre paddock, located in the heart of Manurewa next to Manurewa High School and adjacent to Manukau Super Clinic, is being transformed into a community and educational urban farm. 

Plans for the garden include an education garden, a productive market garden, a healing rongoa garden, a food forest, a worm farm and a community garden with communal and allotment areads to provide wholesome and nutritious food to the Manurewa Community.

This large community garden will nurture the community surrounding it, and be based on biodynamic, organic and Maatauranga Maaori practices, including rongoa (healing) and traditional Maaori planting practices, guided by Maramataka, the Maaori lunar calendar.  

The maara kai

Our Sponsors

Ngaa mihi nui to our incredible sponsors for supporting this kaupapa:

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Join our kaupapa.

Support Te Maara Kai o Wirihana.

Your donation will  enable the Te Maara Kai o Wirihana project to keep growing and building positive impact in Manurewa.

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