MEDIA RELEASE | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021
Compass Housing NZ has used $8,300 in grants from Auckland Council to redevelop community gardens in two of its South Auckland community housing complexes in Mangere East and Papatoetoe.
Compass Housing staff and tenants worked together to replenish existing gardens and build additional recreational spaces, seating areas, and easy access pathways to promote better usage of the gardens.
Compass Housing General Manager, Dr Bernadette Pinnell, said the gardens have created a bond amongst the tenants as they tend the gardens together and create shared meals with the vegetables and herbs. Dr Pinnell said the tenants are learning about new foods and ways of cooking.
“The enhanced gardens will be a great place for tenants to grow some healthy and nutritious food, relax and engage with others in their community,” Dr Pinnell said.
Māori and Pasifika tenants choose the plants and vegetables and Compass’ Pacifika staff were also involved in the projects.
“We have tenants from at least eight different nationalities living at the complexes,” she said.
“Gardening brings people from a range of different backgrounds together in a meaningful way, through a shared interest.”
“Our tenants really enjoyed being involved in decision making regarding building the gardens and also learnt about ways in which the plants enhance the environment.”
Compass funded the original installation of the gardens in 2016. The funding provided new plants and vegetables as well as material and tools to build and maintain the refurbished space. Both gardens now include a wormery and Bokashi bin bringing additional environmental awareness and benefits.
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