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 April 19, 2012 at 1:09pm


Fungai has asked about where to get a long handled hoe with an adze type head like he used to use back in Africa. 

Richard Main from Gardens4Health suggested trying one of the Asian trading shops.  

I'm not sure if there are any in Hamilton (if you know of any please let us know), but the legendary Wah Lee shop at 220 Hobson Street, Auckland city has Chinese heavy hoes, some tiny scythes, a hand shovel and chinese scissors. (They say they also have many seeds.) (Free phone 0800 924 533).

Comment by WIC Garden Project on April 4, 2012 at 12:43pm

Waikato Winter Show 27-29 of April

Ever thought about building a shed?  The Grandview Community Garden shed is being built over the 3 days of the Show by The Men’s Community Shed.  You are welcome to: 

  1. Volunteer to help through volunteering Waikato (ph 839 3191 or email through http://www.volunteeringwaikato.org.nz/), or the Shed (contact Tim, tim@greenfootprint.co.nz or 021 2243109) – You get a free pass for the day
  2. Go and see the shed being built. 

The Men's Community Shed will also run some other activities, possibly including how to build your own seed trays (also called ‘flats).

The Hamilton Permaculture Trust and Organic Farms NZ (OFNZ) will also have stalls at the show.  The WEAVE Collective will be selling ethnic foods. 


Friday 27 April ~ 10:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday 28 April ~ 10:00am to 8:00pm

Sunday 29 April ~ 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: Claudelands Event Centre
Tickets: $5 per person per day for ages 5 and up. (No family or 3 day passes this year.)  Buy your ticket at the gate. 

Comment by WIC Garden Project on April 4, 2012 at 12:33pm

Tree Crops Association Field Day at Greg and Averil Armstrong’s property – Koere Park, 204 Waitetuna Valley Road, RD1, Raglan - Easter Sunday 8th April 2012, 1 pm


This is a great opportunity to learn about the types of fruit trees that grow around Hamilton.  The main feature is quince (or beh in Farsi, see photo) trees.  Quinces make a beautiful garden tree, with slightly furry yellow fruit that is eaten cooked.  The fruit is used in Middle Eastern stews, to make a beautiful coloured jelly and as a dessert or breakfast fruit stewed with apples, etc.


When Greg and Averil bought their 1.2 ha property in late 1988, it boasted eight 30m tall pine trees, an 8m pear tree and a large hawthorn tree. Apart from that, the very small two bedroom cottage was surrounded by only a new boundary fence. This small property now contains over 800 trees, 118 shrubs/bushes, of which 293 bear edible fruit, and more than 30 vegetable varieties. And still room to graze three or four sheep.

The main focus is the 98 espaliered quince trees, 15 crab apples, gooseberries (cape and English) and rosehips. There are also an assortment of citrus, grapes, feijoas, plums, nuts, pip fruit and berries. All with an eye to produce added value products once they have built a commercial kitchen. Many members attending recent field days and events, have sampled their quince paste, so we can certainly offer our support and encouragement in their future endeavours!

More and more Greg prefers to use quiet manual methods which although slower are more peaceful. There is much work still to do on this secluded property. All suggestions and advice welcome.

Since this is a field day on a ‘festive occasion’, the committee will provide Hot Cross buns and Easter eggs for afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on April 4, 2012 at 10:08am

TCA Tokoroa Field Trip

The NZ Tree Crops Association Bay of Plenty Branch are organising a field trip to Maurice & Margaret Denton's property on Sunday 15 April 12 - 2 pm.  Maurice has grown a wide range of fruit and nut trees, as described in the booklet A Man and His Trees.

Contact Don (07) 843-9007 for more information and if you would like to attend.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on March 19, 2012 at 3:10pm

Free Bamboo for WIC members:

Dion is willing for us to come and gather giant bamboo and to harvest bamboo shoots (some cultures eat them) at his property.   We may also be able to take bamboo leaves: they make excellent mulch and are good to add to compost heaps.

The bamboo has been cut into 10 metre lengths and is 10 cm across on the cut end. 

When: Saturday 31 March, 2 pm – 5 pm. 

Where: 6a Annabelle Place (off Bader then Norrie), Melville, Hamilton.

Bring: a saw if you don’t have a long trailer - curved pruning saws are great. 

Dion is willing to supply electricity for 2 or 3 electric sabre saws or reciprocal saws if you have one you want to bring. 

Remember: A load can overhang up to 4m behind the rear axle of your car, but if it sticks out more than 1m behind the car you must tie a white, red, yellow or orange fluorescent flag to it. The flag must be at least 40cm by 30cm in size. The load must not drag on the ground.

The bamboo is on private property: please be respectful of Dion and follow his instructions. We are lucky he has given us this opportunity J  If there is a big group, please think of other peoples needs as well as your own and share the resource out.    

Please DO NOT take bamboo to plant in your gardens: it is very invasive (a weed) in the Waikato!!  If the day is successful we can organise a repeat visit: bamboo grows very fast.   


If you want to learn about the different kinds of bamboo that grow in New Zealand, visit the Taitua Arboretum: it has a bamboo collection as well as living examples of many different kinds of trees – perhaps you will see some you recognize from your place of birth.  The public park belongs to Hamilton City Council and you can visit it for free: it is a good walk from Dinsdale.  There is more information and a map here: http://www.hamilton.co.nz/page/pageid/2145827397 It is a beautiful place to have a picnic and to get some exercise through walking as a change from walking around Hamilton Lake.  The resident hens will often follow you around :-)

Comment by WIC Garden Project on March 12, 2012 at 11:49am

Neighbours Day Aotearoa - 24-25 March 2012

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a chance to get to know your neighbours, have fun and maybe share some gardening knowledge and resources. You might celebrate by:
• Potluck meal or a morning/afternoon tea: ask your neighbours to bring along food to share, with everyone bringing a dish that represents their personal heritage – suggest they include a vegetables or fruit they’ve grown themselves if they can
• Street garden blitz – clean up your street
• Swap, meet and greet: Grab your spare seeds, produce, cuttings and preserves and invite your neighbours to attend a free no-money-required swap meet
• Organise a sports afternoon – egg and spoon, sack and relay races at a nearby park
• Take the opportunity to exchange phone numbers in case of emergencies, set up a Neighbourhood Support group (visit: www.ns.org.nz ) or organise a home safety gathering with your neighbours (visit: www.homesafety.co.nz)

There are more ideas about how you can celebrate and invitations you can download for free at: http://neighboursday.org.nz/ They are also running a photograph competition and a story competition – you could win a camera or a years supply of tea!

Comment by WIC Garden Project on March 12, 2012 at 11:42am

WOMAD - Taste the World

WOMAD is an international annual music festival held in Taranaki, running from this Friday 16 March – 18 March 2012.

Some of you are interested in trying food from different cultures: this year WOMAD musicians will be demonstrating recipes from their home countries in the Taste the World marquee, including Palestine, China, Ivory Coast, Spain and Japan among others.

There is more information and some of the recipes from this and previous festivals at: http://www.taft.co.nz/womad/more-than-music/taste-the-world.html

Comment by WIC Garden Project on February 24, 2012 at 10:11pm

NZTCA Propagation Training

The New Zealand Tree Crops Association Waikato Branch are running a couple of events related to plant propagation:

  • This Saturday 25 February 2012, 1:30 pmBudding fruit trees demonstration and talk.  Budding is a form of grafting, commonly used for growing citrus trees, for example.  (This meeting is also the AGM.)  Venue: Hillcrest Scout Hall, Masters Ave, Hillcrest, Hamilton. (Behind the Masters Ave shops, accessed by a path through native trees.) 
  • Sunday 4th March 1 pm - Visit to Heather' property near Cambridge: she loves propagating plants and has a small nursery, shade house, glass house that she uses to grow plants from seeds and cuttings.  There is an orchard with a wide variety of fruit and nut trees, many of which she has grafted herself.  This is a good opportunity to see what you might be able to propagate and grow here in the Waikato.  Venue:  18 Tirohanga Rd, (near Rotoorangi), Cambridge.

You're welcome to attend one meeting for free to see what it is like. Membership of the NZTCA costs $40 per year, which among other things means you get their useful magazine, branch newsletter, and you can attend branch meetings - there are usually 11 meetings a year, mostly field trips.  There are usually interesting plants and books for sale as well as friendly knowledgeable people.  Some of the annual fee supports research into tree crops.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on February 20, 2012 at 9:26pm

Food Gardening in Public Places

Producing food on public land is a hot topic at the moment!  On Friday  3 Feb 2012 the Waikato Times (p.12) local gardening writer Alison Worth wrote about the benefits of both council planted and neighbourhood planted food in public places - like the 'guerrilla garden' in a Cambridge cul-de-sac.  (If you missed the article you can read it at the local public library for free.)

Today on Radio New Zealand Simon Morton from the program This Way Up talked guerilla grafting with Tara Hui and about pop-up gardens with Amanda Yates.  You can listen online to the interviews or download the podcasts here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thiswayup/20120204

In Todmorden in England they plan to make the town self-sufficient in food, something that has inspired one of our Christchurch Council planners: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2072383/Eccentric-town-To...

Online, there is a map of Free Food New Zealand http://bit.ly/EzJMv but while Cambridge's lemon tree lined street is listed, there is nothing for Hamilton or Tokoroa yet.

WIC is currently working with Hamilton City Council to create a list of food producing trees you can forage from on public land - in parks and grass verges (the area between the road and the beginning of your house section is called a verge or berm).  We're just at the stage of organising physically checking the list. 

Inspiring stuff!

Comment by WIC Garden Project on February 15, 2012 at 9:21pm

Growing Elephant Garlic from seed...

Garlic is usually grown from bulbs, but Ma’ara asked if elephant garlic will grow from seed if he allows one plant to flower (his family have already eaten much of his crop!)

Clare Jackson replied "It should set seed. The flowers are good in the garden, as they  encourage beneficial insects."

Beautiful too!


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