Sustainable Gardening in Whangārei

Learn more about local sustainable horticulture with working bees, planting, maintenance and harvesting at The Maunu Garden Project, Whangārei.

This is a great way to learn more about local produce and sustainability, all while helping families in need. All the spray-free produce harvest is distributed to the Salvation Army Foodbank, Tai Tokerau Food Rescue and Open Arms Day Centre, so you can be sure that your hard work is helping our local community eat fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables!

Twilight gardening hours start from the 14th October and are very flexible to suit when you can be available:

Tuesdays: 10am – 6.30pm
Wednesdays: 10am – 4pm
Thursdays: 10am – 6.30pm

All training is provided and there is enough support for you to feel comfortable with local produce within this ‘market-style’ garden!

Social Protocols

  1. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  2. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  3. Stay safe in the outdoors - Your guides know the environment better than anyone and are there to keep you safe; listen to ALL their instructions, ALL the time.
  4. Wear your old clothes - This is a hands on experience where it's okay to dress casually, as your clothes may get a bit dirty while you're having fun!

Cultural Protocols

  1. Be on time - While the experience will be a relaxed one, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early so you don't keep your guides and others waiting.
  2. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  3. Hello and goodbye in Māori - If you want to start practising some basic Māori phrases, you could try using ‘Kia ora’ (hello) and ‘Ka kite’ (goodbye).
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