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Community growing together
Healthy harvest: Members of the Papakura Tongan community are all hands on deck when it comes to the community
Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO
By HINERANGI VAIMOSO
It took just one month for the Peteli
Community Garden Project to
become a reality.
The expansive garden in Papa-
kura's Red Cress Reserve was
ploughed and planted in four weeks
in November last year.
The Papakura Tongan Com-
munity Association received
funding from the Counties Manu-
kau District Health Board's Cre-
ating a Better Future strategy to
establish the garden.
Association spokeswoman Tiulipe
Hunt says the community was
willing to work hard to get it up and
running as quickly as possible.
Our people, when they have
things like this, they work hard for
it. People are very keen, very happy.
It's like a new life for Papakura.''
About 42 families share the gar-
den, each looking after three rows of
crops. Another 15 families want to
be involved but can't be because of a
lack of space.
The community's happy to do
this because some of them say that's
a good way of bringing people
together and also we can eat
Some of them don't have enough
money. They just eat meat,'' Ms
For the families with rows and
even for those on the waiting list,
the garden has become a focal point
of community life.
People gather at the reserve to
tend their crops, harvest or simply
talk and enjoy each other's com-
This is a first for the Pacific
Tongan community to get to know
each other --- working together in
the garden,'' she says.
Here we do work instead of stay-
ing home for nothing. It's physical
Families have chosen a variety of
plants to grow including kumara,
tomato, silverbeet, bok choi,
watermelon, corn, spring onion, cap-
sicum, celery, cabbage, bean, let-
tuce, taro and pumpkin.
And people are learning to love
broccoli,'' Ms Hunt says.
The garden's success has already
seen it outgrow the space available,
with produce overflowing.
As well as running nutrition
courses to teach people how to use
the food they grow, the association
is encouraging people to plant gar-
dens at home, which might help
address the lack of space.
The health board grant was spent
on preparing the land, buying
plants and installing a fence around
the site. The Creating a Better
Future strategy promotes healthy
eating, physical activity, being
smoke-free and the safe use of
alcohol in order to prevent or delay
the onset of diabetes, cardiovascular
disease, chronic respiratory dis-
eases and many cancers.
Go to www.betterfuture.co.nz for
more information about Creating a
The wife of comedian Ewen Gilmour
has died after a long battle with
Catherine Gilmour, 36, died last
She was diagnosed with a brain
tumour several years ago while her
husband was serving on the Waita-
kere City Council.
Mr Gilmour resigned from the
post in 2007 to spend more time
with his ailing wife and the pair
settled into a quieter life at Port
Both were big fundraisers for the
Variety -- The Children's Charity.
Mr Gilmour is also a longtime
supporter of the Mad Butcher and
Suburban Newspapers Community
He donated his services at the
trust's large Operation Heal
fundraising evening in December.
Proceeds from the function will
help purchase high-tech equipment
for the National Burn Centre.
Ewen's help meant a lot to us,''
trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch
His wife was seriously ill at that
stage and yet they both found the
time to include us in their thinking
and planning at what must have
been a tremendously difficult time.
Our love and support goes out to
Ewen and all those family and
friends affected by his loss.''
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