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 November 24, 2011 at 9:26pm

'Sour Leaf'

Min is wanting to find out if it is possible to get seeds or 'sour leaf' plants in NZ - not just the tips as shown in the photo.  The shrub is used in India and Asian cooking.  It would be helpful to know the botanical name too.  Can you help?

Comment by WIC Garden Project on November 21, 2011 at 10:26am

WIC will be having a stall at the Nesian Festival on the 26 November.  We will:

  • Run a competition - you could win some plants!
  • Provide copies of workshop handouts and other useful information
  • Give away some garden pots and containers that can be used as pots
  • Do our best to answer your gardening questions. 

The free festival runs from 10 am – 4 pm in the Claudelands Common Grounds (next to the Migrant Centre), Hamilton. 

The Nesian Festival has a Facebook page:


Comment by WIC Garden Project on November 3, 2011 at 1:55pm


Chickens can help with weeding, provide manure, turn compost, eat bugs and provide you with eggs. 

If you want to find out about keeping chickens (or ducks), the local Pigeon & Poultry Club will be at Animates (was Pet City), 787 Te Rapa Rd (northern end), Hamilton on the 19th and 20th November 10 am - 2 pm.  There will be very young chicks on display.

If you want to get chickens, contact the Pigeon & Poultry Club Secretary, Colin Oram to find a local supplier: Ph (07) 852-5529.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on October 25, 2011 at 2:29pm

Back Yard Gardens to Visit

Looking for inspiration to help you design your back yard garden? Want to see what vegetables other people are growing at this time of year? There are a number of model gardens open to the public for free around Hamilton city that anyone is welcome to visit.  Do not pick anything or collect seeds unless you get permission.

The best known is the Sustainable Backyard garden at Hamilton Gardens off Cobham Drive.  It was designed by the Hamilton Permaculture Trust.

With the other gardens listed below, let the staff on site know that you are there to look at the garden:
  • Parents Place at 87 Boundary Rd, Fairfield (near the Migrant Centre). They also run gardening courses for new mums.
  • Nearby is Te Whare o te Ata - the Fairfield-Chartwell Community House, 60A Sare Cres, Fairfield (it runs between Clarkin Rd and Heaphy Tce) The garden there is run by Hamilton Organic Gardeners (HOGs), who also have monthly meetings on gardening topics that everyone is welcome to attend. Again, just let the staff know you are there to look at the garden.
  • Another community house with a larger garden is Waimarie, 53 Wellington St in Hamilton East. It is run as a community garden. If you want to start a worm farm or get worms for your compost heap, take them some material for their compost heap and they may be willing to swap this for a handful of hard working worms!

Your local public library has many books and magazines on gardening that you can borrow for free, many have photographs of back yard gardens and garden plans to inspire you! Their staff will be happy to show you where to look. See: Hamilton City LibrariesTokoroa Library.

TheWaikato Environment Centre (Level One 25 Ward St, Hamilton City central) also has a great range of gardening related books and magazines that you can read on site.

Do you know of other demonstration back yard gardens in Hamilton or Tokoroa the public can visit? Tell others by adding a comment. 

Comment by WIC Garden Project on October 25, 2011 at 1:58pm

Low Cost Living Expo

Get free vegetable seedlings and learn how to make a no dig garden with the Permaculture Trust at the Low Cost Living Expo November 4th, 10 am to 1pm.

Venue: Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Street, Nawton. 

Comment by WIC Garden Project on October 25, 2011 at 11:59am

Coming up this week...

Community Gardens Development Day on Thursday - See Community Gardening discussion
Composting workshop on Saturday 29th - see Training Open To WIC Members discussion.


Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 27, 2011 at 8:59pm

Tokoroa Event - Tree Crops Association

Ever wondered what fruit and nut trees will grow around Tokoroa? One man who has tried growing an incredible range is Maurice Denton.  You are welcome to visit the property with the Tree Crops Association.

Field Day at Maurice and Margaret Denton’s   

3688 State Highway 1, Tokoroa

Saturday October 8th          10.30 a.m.


  • This is 16.4 km from the Putaruru roundabout, on your right as you travel south (look for the feijoas in the paddocks alongside the road).
  • Heading North, it is 6 km from the Tokoroa Information Centre, on the left (by the first lot of passing lanes).
  • There is plenty of parking in the paddock to the right of the drive.


10.30 am              Meet for a get-together over a cuppa.

11 am                   Start - there will be an hour to look around the nearer trees before lunch, and time after lunch to go to the further parts of the block.


We have an urn to heat water, and disposable hot cups. Bring your own lunch. If the weather isn't good on the day, we have the big shed and the garage where people can sit to have their lunch.


For background information, please refer to the booklet ‘a Man and his Trees’ compiled by Sheryn Clothier and included with the Tree Cropper Issue 66, June 2011.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 26, 2011 at 2:18pm
There will be cheap seedlings available from the Chartwell Cooperating Church (St Albans) Fair
When: Saturday 15th October from 8:30 am,
Where: Chartwell Cooperating Church, Comries Road, Chartwell.
For more information ring 855 7434
Comment by Teres Binoka on September 17, 2011 at 7:59am
Not sure if I have registered earlier, please put my name down for today's (Sat 17 Sept). Thanks, Teresa
Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 9, 2011 at 5:46pm


Many cultures use the moon and sometimes the stars to guide their gardening activities.  The Metservice not only provides weather forecasts, but the phases of the moon. 

For more detailed information, visit the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand - see the left hand side bar under "What's in the Sky". 

There is a description of one lunar gardening method at New Zealand Lifestyle Block here.  The weekly NZ email newsletter Get Growing! includes a weekly guide to gardening by the moon - you can sign up here.


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