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.

Kai Garden stories

demonstration garden 11.12.20

A Big Kai Gardens Thank You

We are wrapping up our first season of the Kai Gardens project as the summer grows ever hotter – there’s certainly no need for a greenhouse now! We still have a few more seedlings that need to find new homes, but it has been a fantastic pilot, and there are some thanks due before we […]

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

Our Values

  • 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 this?

  • 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 get in touch with info@wrt.org.nz.

Winter Garden Trial

Conducting a small-scale trial to determine the most productive and sustainable practices

Seed Bank

Managing a seed bank of plant varieties for Waiheke.