Kai Gardens

Growing Community

What to plant now

We have our own microclimate here on Waiheke, so the planting season can differ slightly to the rest of New Zealand. That's why WRT has a 'What to plant now' video diary with Chardy Parkes - WRT's Kai Garden coordinator. Tune in and find out how to prepare your own kai garden and gain lots of useful tips and advice.

Planting calendar


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Our Mission

Creating a hub to increase food resilience on Waiheke at a household and community level as a local response to global food insecurity


  • Promoting evidence-based gardening practices
  • Sharing knowledge openly for the benefit of all - e Tuku iho
  • Responsibility for the long term health and sustainability of Waiheke's local environment

How will Kai Gardens Achieve its goals?

  • Enhance local knowledge through workshops, online videos, demonstration gardens, public displays and other resources to suit a variety of ages and knowledge bases.
  • Supply the Kai Conscious Café with fresh produce and herbs for seasoning.
  • Promote gardening as a fun, healthy recreational activity.
  • Conduct small-scale trials to determine the most productive and sustainable gardening practices.
  • Identify and encourage the growing of crops that are suitable for Waiheke conditions.
  • Manage a seed bank of plant varieties suitable for Waiheke

If you'd like to get involved in tending to the Sustainability Centre's Kai Gardens, or have some materials or skills that you would like to donate, please email info@wrt.org.nz.