Franklin County News : October 30th 2014
■THURSDAY OCTOBER 30, 2014. • 217 KING STREET, PUKEKOHE www.franklincountynews.co.nz TASTE FRANKLIN Fresh food at 2015 festival 6 HAWKS HEAD TO COOKS Bombay side to defend title 84 AUDITED NET CIRCULATION 31,150 COPIES JOIN US ON FACEBOOK Go to facebook.com/ franklincountynews FUTURE RESERVE: The Kayes Rd Community Garden is tended to by volunteers, Pukekohe North School students and members from Franklin Wings Trust. The idea of the garden it to provide a place of learning for the Pukekohe North community. Garden for the people By BRIAR HUBBARD A vision, voluntary spirit and hard work has resulted in a space to grow not only fruit and vegetables, but knowledge and friendship, in a Pukekohe North community garden. Volunteer Sadie Aupouri said the Kayes Rd Community Garden would be used to educate the community, by being the venue for workshops for families throughout the year, on how to grow fruit and vegetables, from sowing to harvesting, as well as advice on nutrition and cooking on a budget. She said by improving the community’s knowledge about growing produce, and having the community involved in the garden would have major benefits. Pukekohe North School students and members of Franklin Wings Trust have been tending to the garden as well as volunteers to keep the plants healthy. ‘‘It’s developing a community from the ground up, literally. There’s a lot of different levels you can work on, the disabled, the elderly and families on a low socioeconomic scale,’’ she said. ‘‘Pukekohe North needs com- munity development and this garden isn’t the answer, but it’s a start.’’ The garden is organic and has been set up purely on donations. It has a range of vegetables growing and ready to be planted, which would go back to the families working on the garden and excess produce would be donated. ‘‘At the moment it is about maori kai, but what we are saying to our culture is to try something different,’’ said Aupouri. She said it was important to look after those living in the community and this was a step in the right direction. The long term plan is to make it into a reserve for Pukekohe North. ‘‘He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata? What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people. ‘‘That is what this garden rep- resents – it is for the people.’’ The garden is supported by organisations including Auckland Council, Gardens for Health, Franklin Local Board, Counties Manukau Sport Community Development and Department of Corrections. Awards recognise community champions It’s time to put pen to paper and nominate the finest in Franklin. For the 10th year, the Frank- lin County News’ Franklin’s Finest People of the Year Awards are now open for nomination. And for those who nominate someone for this year’s awards, they could win a $500 Mitre 10 Mega gift voucher. Anyone who lives in the Frank- lin County News’ circulation area is eligible for nomination. Award categories are: Pak ’N Save Inspiration Award; McDonald’s Junior Achievement Award; Campbell Tyson Act of Kindness Award; Carpet Court Volunteer of the Year; New Zealand Steel Mentor-Leader of the Year; Counties Manukau Sport Sports Personality of the Year; Barfoot & Thompson Community Worker of the Year; Mitre 10 Mega Employee of the Year; Franklin Local Board Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards are a great way to recognise the heroes of our community – whether in the field of volunteering, employment, sport or community spirit. So fill out a nomination form and send it to: Franklin County News, PO Box 14, Pukekohe; drop it into the office at 217 King St, or send an email (please do include the award category in the email) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry forms will be published in every paper until the closing date of November 14. Today it is on page 10.
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