WIC - Waikato International Community Gardening Project


WIC - Waikato International Community Gardening Project

Through WIC Waikato based new migrants, refugees and Pacific Island peoples can get healthy exercise and healthy food through  gardening.

Location: Waikato - Hamilton & Tokoroa
Members: 24
Latest Activity: Aug 6, 2018

WIC Intro

Kia Ora, Salaam, Mingalaba, Jom reab soor, Ni hau, Hola, Mbote, Kia Orana, Guten tag, As-Salaam-Alaikum, Ni sa bula, Kumusta,Namaste, Kam na Mauri,Fakaalofa lahi atu, Talofa lava, Halo Olketa, Welkom, Malo e lelei, Talofa ni, Mhoroi, Pryvet, Konnichiwa, Shuprobhat, Welcome!

The WIC project will be managed by K'aute Pasifika Services until Dec 2013, initially as a Waikato District Health Board Healthy Eating Healthy Activity initiative.  We use the WIC Oooby group to keep WIC members up to date with workshops, events and resources. 

We welcome you adding translations, comments, questions, photos and recipes! 

Anyone is welcome to subscribe to our weekly blog, the WIC Gardening Update, for information on local gardening and food related events coming up in the following fortnight, recipes, relevant health information, gardening tips and occasional reflections on food/gardening culture.


Contact: WIC - The Waikato International Community Gardening Project, K'aute Pasifika Services, Level 1, 960 Victoria St, PO Box 285 Hamilton 3200, New Zealand, Ph +64 (07)834-1482. http://www.kautepasifika.org.nz/wic-gardening-project



Discussion Forum

Growing 54 Replies

Here's the place to discuss how to grow fruit and vegetables, including how to improve the soil and the requirements of particular plants.

Tags: ammendments, compost, soil, vegetables, growing

Started by WIC Garden Project. Last reply by Fungai Mhlanga Feb 13, 2014.

Community Gardening 125 Replies

A community garden is a single piece of land gardened by a group of people.  The garden may consist of individual plots (sometimes called allotments) and/or areas that are gardened communally. Many…Continue

Tags: WIC, Tokoroa, Hamilton, Gardens, Community

Started by WIC Garden Project. Last reply by Clare Jackson Jun 20, 2013.

Training 48 Replies

Find out about gardening, cooking and related training - mostly in Hamilton & Tokoroa, Waikato, NZ - including workshops and demonstrations run by WIC. Over the coming months WIC is looking at…Continue

Tags: training, Hamilton, Tokoroa, WIC

Started by WIC Garden Project. Last reply by WIC Garden Project Dec 21, 2012.

Eating! 91 Replies

So you've grown broccoli, but how do you eat it?  Here's the place to:ask how to prepare your produce using healthy recipesshare your healthy recipes or ask how a traditional recipe might be made…Continue

Tags: storage, foraging, recipes, preserving, health

Started by WIC Garden Project. Last reply by WIC Garden Project Dec 20, 2012.

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Comment by WIC Garden Project on June 12, 2012 at 2:55pm

Waikato Branch  NZ Tree Crops Association

Annual Tree and Plant Sale


Saturday 7 July 2012         Wet or Fine

9.30 am to 1 pm


Venue:  Hamilton Gardens, Camellia Carpark

Enter Gate 2 from Cobham Drive. A short distance down, on the left, is the entrance to a large sealed area, with room to park.


Everyone welcome:  You can buy, look, talk trees and ask questions.


Anything could turn up for sale on the day. First in - first served!

There will be a solid backstop of good quality grafted fruit and nut trees of all sorts, new and old varieties – including: 

citrus, apples, pears, plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, avocados, feijoas, almonds, chestnuts, hazelnuts, berryfruit, ornamentals, farm trees and natives for shade and shelter. Usually there are some more unusual cropping trees, such as pinenuts, pomegranates, carobs, macadamias, casimiroas, and persimmons.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on June 8, 2012 at 10:28am

Pick Fruit Hamilton/Community Fruit Harvesting has been offered the chance to pick the last of an apple crop at a commercial orchard this Saturday, 9 June between 9am and 3pm. The fruit will be shared with foodbanks, charities and schools (pickers will be able to take a few apples home too).


They need pickers, boxes (preferably banana or apple) and transport for fruit (trailers, utes, vans or a spare truck). Bring your gumboots along!


They're looking to give a lot of the fruit to charity organisations such as food banks and schools that can take and use a couple of hundred kilos of fruit - if you know of any suitable charities please let them know.


Please email Jeremy Briggs on pickfruithamilton@gmail.com (mailto:pickfruithamilton@gmail.com) to RSVP and for address details.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on May 30, 2012 at 11:31am

Communities Working Together to Feed Our Children

meeting report

From what we have heard, people came away from the School Community Food Initiatives meeting last week feeling inspired and motivated as there were many common threads about the importance of feeding children and that it can be done sustainably. 

Great to hear about the school food gardens and kids teaching their parents how to grow and preserve food!

Poverty Action Waikato will be working with the Hamilton Council of Christian Social Services to develop some ‘next steps’ related to the themes highlighted at the event.

The meeting report is attached below (NB 2 MB)

Communities Working Together to Feed Our Children.pdf


Comment by WIC Garden Project on May 24, 2012 at 4:29pm

Tony Banks solar food dryer event has been cancelled due to lack of bookings.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on May 24, 2012 at 1:21pm

School community food initiatives - an alternative post budget event

There is a lunch time meeting on feeding children through schools being put on this Friday by the Hamilton Council of Christian Social Services and Poverty Action Waikato – see attached flier.  At least one of the schools represented runs a school food garden.

When: Friday, May 25th, 12.30-1.30pm

Where: Chartwell Cooperating Church, cnr Comries Rd and Bellmont Ave, Hamilton.

Please bring your lunch. Tea and coffee provided.

For more information contact Anna Cox, Poverty Action Waikato: (07) 929 4815 anna@anglicanaction.org.nz

Feed the Children Event

Comment by WIC Garden Project on May 21, 2012 at 8:57pm

Solar Food Drier at Rainbow Valley Farm north of Auckland.  The drier is on wheels - it gets moved into a shed/carport at night.

The long sloping section heats the air that passes up and through the mesh shelves holding the drying food.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on May 14, 2012 at 1:11pm

If you missed the WIC ‘New Plants For Free’ propagation workshop, Hamilton Organic Gardeners (HOGs) are running a workshop on propagating new plants from cuttings on Monday 21st May, 7:30pm, at Te Whare o te Ata, 60a Sare Crescent Fairfield.  They will also have their usual seed and plant swap. 

Everyone is welcome to attend, there is a gold coin entry fee to cover costs. 


Comment by WIC Garden Project on May 14, 2012 at 1:05pm

It was great to catch up with some WIC gardeners the Migrant Working Expo.  We had over 200 people visit.  I did a informal survey of people’s favourite fruit and/or vegetables: several of you claimed to like them all!   The top veggie was brinjal, a type of aubergine (eggplant), others were leeks, courgette, avocado, tomato, carrots and broccoli plus walnuts.  The two most favourite fruits were apples and bananas, followed by feijoas and persimmons.  Other fruits were peaches, oranges, pears, pawpaws and durian.  We can grow some varieties of all of these fruits in the Waikato with the exception of durian.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on May 1, 2012 at 9:15am

Want to learn about growing olives & grapes?

This Sunday 6th May at 1 pm the NZ Tree Crops Association are hosting Dr Arnon Dag, a visiting scientist from the Ministry of Agriculture, Israel, who will be talking about growing olives and answering questions. 

The talk will take place at Uliveto, a 5 acre property with bush, gardens, lots of fruit trees, olives and several grape plantings, owned by Peter and Daphne, see the gallery at www.uliveto.co.nz  


Address: 164 Finlayson Road, Ngahinapouri.

Ngahinapouri is about 17kms south west of Hamilton.  Why not carpool with some friends?

Heading from SH1 in Hamilton, turn onto SH3, turn right onto Collins Road at the traffic lights. Turn left onto Tuhikaramea Rd, turn left onto SH39 (Kakaramea Rd). Finlayson Road is on your right, past two large horse stud farms on your left.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on April 26, 2012 at 9:42am

Seed Swap

Seed Savers New Zealand has a seed swap coming up at 2pm-3:30pm on Saturday the 28th April! in Tamahere.  Please RSVP to jordan@healey.org.nz if you would like to go.  

The rules:


1) Please bring a plate of food, sweet or savoury (or both!), to share for Afternoon tea.


2) To receive seeds, you will need to bring some too! Seedlings, bulbs, perrenial divisions and gardening stuff (old, unwanted trowels and pots etc,) are welcome too :)


3) have fun!


Tea and Coffee will be provided.

 There is more information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/218018908306639/

(This Swap will include some HUGs members...)



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