Neighbours Day

March - June 2022

Waiheke Resources Trust and the Waiheke Local Board are helping neighbours get together over kai this Autumn!

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Together with the Waiheke Local Board, we are funding community groups to host events that introduce or reconnect people to community hubs and those living in the neighbourhood. All with a Kai Connections theme, of course.
Neighbours day

Waiheke events

Food forest entrance

Surfdale Food Forest

Kai Connections: Shared meal Saturday 14th May, 4-7pm

Join a shared meal at the Surfdale Food Forest (Surfdale Reserve / Surfdale Hall). Bring some kai to share if you can, along with your own cutlery, cups and plates. Hosts Kylee and Jane will be putting on some kai and introducing you to what's going on at the Food Forest. This event will be zero waste and scraps will be composted in the dedicated compost area. Extend your knowledge of Surfdale and local connections.

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Kennedy Point Street Meet

Join your Neighbours from Esslin Road, Kennedy Point Road and Donald Bruce Road for some shared kai, music and games on Sunday 15 May. Make new connections, catch up with old acquaintances and strengthen the neighbourhood in the process. Just let Mary know you'll be there!

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Bike Rave

5pm - 10pm Saturday 28 May, BikeBox (Oneroa) and Blackpool Hall

Powered by peddles, music and kai, what better way to celebrate Neighbours Day than with a bike rave? Meet at the BikeBox next to the Sustainability Centre at 5pm on Saturday 28 May where Meat Free Mondays kick things off with a BBQ. Finish at Blackpool Hall for more kai and music.

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Crop Swap afternoon tea

3pm - 5pm Saturday 28 May, Piritahi Marae

Enjoy afternoon tea and a chat, find out about what we do and meet some neat folks at the Marae. We will have a crop swap around 3:30 and then a tour of the gardens - grown out of lock downs and now feeding people in need in our community. This event is free  and open to all.

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Share a recipe with Neighbours Day

This could be a whānau favourite, your aunty’s special chutney, a secret (or potentially not!) curry dish, or your most-loved cake. Share your recipe to be shared throughout Aotearoa for people to try, share, and enjoy within their communities.

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Neighbours Day got started in Aotearoa over a decade ago as a way of connecting local people and building resilience within communities.

We believe that knowing your neighbours better - knowing you can call on them, or they can call on you makes your neighbourhood more friendly, fun and safe.

Find out more about Neighbours Day Aotearoa!

Kai Connections is the theme for 2022. This is about getting people to engage in all the different ways we connect over kai – growing, sharing, eating. Kai is a common denominator amongst all communities in Aotearoa. Food brings people together, forges connections and nourishes us.

Here on Waiheke, we have astonishing beaches, fruitful community gardens, WRT's very own Kai Conscious café and many more places where our small but mighty community can connect over Kai. We look forward to supporting community-led events that can help you become more connected to those nearby this Neighbours Day!

Related Resources

Community Fridge

Community fridge and pantry

The community fridge and pantry is just outside the Sustainability Centre door and it is open to all, 24/7. The Kai Conscious team stocks it with rescued food from local supermarkets and eateries several times a week. We also welcome any donations of surplus garden produce or food - pop them straight in! They are greatly appreciated by the community.

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garden beds outside the Sustainability Centre flourishing with flowers, beans, tomatoes, greens

Kai Gardens

Kai Gardens is a demonstration space at the front of the Sustainability Centre where we grow edible plants in raised beds and run composting workshops. We also have a greenhouse out the back where all our seasonal seedlings are raised and sold. The project supports food resilience and education on Waiheke, providing practical skills skills in growing food at home.

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ND share a recipe

Share a recipe with Neighbours Day

This could be a whānau favourite, your aunty’s special chutney, a secret (or potentially not!) curry dish, or your most-loved cake. Share your recipe to be shared throughout Aotearoa for people to try, share, and enjoy within their communities.

      Share now!      
hands picking fresh tomatoes off the vine

Community Gardens on Waiheke

Ostend Community Garden
Location: beside the Catherine Mitchell Centre and behind Vets on Waiheke, 30 Putiki Road
Blackpool Community Garden
Location: beside the Old Blackpool School, off Moa Avenue and Nikau Road
Surfdale Food Forest
Location: behind the Old Surfdale Post Office, 6 Hamilton Road
Alison Rd Fruit Orchard
Location: next to the Hooks land wetland, entry through Alison Road, Surfdale
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Crop swap

Waiheke Crop Swap

Crop Swap gatherings are for everyone who is happy to share. Just bring your garden's and kitchen's surplus, turn up on time (or even a little earlier to help with the set up), display your treasures nicely, walk around and admire your fellow crop swappers goodies, mix and mingle, share your best jam recipe and enjoy the presence of people who find joy in the moneyless exchange of mother nature's abundance.

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Ostend market

GROW stall at Saturday Ostend market

You can donate surplus produce from your garden to the GROW stall and purchase local produce from there as well! All proceeds go to Home Grown Waiheke Trust who use them to support community gardens and food resilience initiatives on Waiheke.

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