Our cultural garden is blooming following our grand planting day in early September.
Special thanks to our friends from West Fono – for supplying plants great support to all gardeners who they bring along to the garden, our hardworking volunteers of all nations. We have been harvesting 3-5 kilogram of vegie each week since the second week of planting! So what does it mean?
It simply indicates that at least 5 people take their handful of greens home three times a week on our harvesting day (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday). We now have a constant supply of silver beet of all colours, spring onion, parsley, celery, mixed salad, sorrel (particularly very popular amongst the youth due to its tangy taste), beetroot, cabbages (white and purple), bok choy (their yellow flowers are also very good for salad and stir-fry).
This garden wouldn’t be so healthy without the help of our regular friends who’ve been tending the garden – watering, weeding, and making compost. As much as we enjoy taking veggie home, we would much appreciated if you could bring some seeds or seedling to plant to embrace its usefulness, uniqueness or perhaps its origin.
A warm welcome to our youth from Studio MPHS our High Tech Youth Studio at the Hub West MPHS. It’s a great way to rest your eyes from a computer screen by working in the garden. Enjoying the tasting game has been very popular with the local youth – something sour, sweet, spicy and something nutty really drives them crazy.
Thanks to Maddie who supervises them with a high level of enthusiasm and staking the tomatoes.
There will be food stalls, performances, activities for kids, and groups who make our community great represented.
Want to have a stand? We’re looking for community groups, churches and other organisations to get involved.
Want to perform? We’re looking for local dancers, singers, choirs, bands, cultural groups to hit the stage.
Contact Rebecca on 838 4820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a child who will be starting school in the next two years?
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make sure they are ready to start and succeed at school!
We will be enrolling new families for the HIPPY Programme at the beginning of next year and now is the time to register your interest so you don’t miss out.
It only costs $1/week and that includes easy to use activity workbooks and storybooks. You do the activities together at home and your child can attend preschool as well.
HIPPY is lots of fun and a great investment in your child’s future!
If you are interested in finding out about the HIPPY programme, contact Gaylene on 021 2328149 (text is fine) or 8384820 xt 4 (leave a message).
The 4th annual Waitakere Festival was held at Corban Estate Arts Centre on Sunday 27 October. This year MPHS got together to have representation on the day from many of its programmes -
- the Enviro Team clubbed together with other Project Twin Streams community coordinators to engage festival-goers in repotting native seedlings
- Studio MPHS ran a Green Screen activity with people getting their photo taken which was then put on a background of a beautiful landscape from the Waitakere Ranges (see our Facebook page for these)
- Fair Food was there giving out free fruit
- HIPPY ran kids art activities
As well as the amazing music, great food, market stalls and Eco City activities, this year’s festival was special in that it was the first in Auckland to go officially Zero Waste! Green Jon worked with ACZWA to make it happen and we achieved 97% zero waste with only half a bin of landfill waste produced – the rest was either compostable or recyclable. A massive achievement!
For more info about the Waitakere Festival and to see photos from this year’s event visit : www.facebook.com/waitakerefestival
Are you interested in being a volunteer for 2 – 4 hours a time and a couple of times a month?
We have a community patrol vehicle that drives our area. The patrol is made up of volunteers from your community.
You would be paired up with another patroller. One of you is the recorder and the other is the driver and you travel around during the day or in the evenings at times that is suitable to your situation.
You can be involved whether or not you have a drivers licence.
You must be over 17 years old and you will need to be Police vetted. Once you are cleared there will a full training programme for you.
Contact Henderson Police on 837 9585 or Michael on 021 033 2815
Lately we have been working on our portrait photography. A local resident, Gary Sturgess, donated a full studio photography set-up including lights, flashes, reflectors and backgrounds.
We also have had a mentor from the ‘Henderson Photography Club’ called Fazeel come and work with the Studio MPHS members and shown them how to use the gear and how to use light to create some stunning photos.
We also had a visit to Studio MPHS from Brenda Abanavas. Brenda works at the Flagship Intel Computer Clubhouse at the Museum of Science in Boston USA. Brenda was with us for two days and got to know some of the members and also got to see some of our awesome community.
Welcome to the December 2013 issue of MPHS Community News!
Congratulations to our local councillors Penny Hulse and Linda Cooper! We trust you will represent the community in the West with pride. Congratulations also to our Henderson-Massey Local Board candidates that were elected in – Vanessa Neeson, Brenda Brady, Peter Chan, Warren Flaunty, Tracy Kirkley, and a special hello to the new boys on the block, Will Flavell and Luke Wilson. We hope to see you out and about in our area soon.
Summer is on its way! We began to feel that at the Waitakere Festival at the end of October – the sunshine, lovely laid back atmosphere, good food and great music has set us up for getting ready for beach, being outdoors enjoying our wonderful environment – including of course the great walk and cycleways along our local streams.
One of my personal concerns is how many young people I see in cars without their seat belts on. It’s those short little journeys where we think it’s ok to go without belting up. Did you know that on the 1st November child restraint laws changed to improve safety? Your child must be in a correctly secured approved child restraint until their 7th Birthday (used to be 5 years old). For more info you can visit www.nzta.govt.nz/childrestraints. Or call Plunket on 0800 933 922 or see www.plunket.org.nz.
Three upcoming activities I would like to draw your attention to :
1. MPHS HUB West Opening – One Year On Celebration. You are all invited Thursday 12th December from 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be available.
2. Our Christmas Pancake Breakfast 9:00am – 10:30am on 25 December. This volunteer-run event is for you and anyone else you know who doesn’t have a family to celebrate with this Christmas (and would like a delicious breakfast!). If you would like to attend, but transport is a challenge let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help.
3. MPHS area MATCH FUNDING. Do you have something you want to do for your community? But need some support and ideas on how it can work? Need some cash to get it going? Come and talk it through with us. It could be something like a street BBQ, running children activities at HUB West or in the park, or coordinating an older persons’ coffee group. We would love to hear from you! Come along on the 12th December and have a chat or phone us at any time.
Enjoy the sunshine