This article (see pdf above because I cant seem to paste it in here) appeared in the central edition of the Aucklander last week (4 March). It is about a community garden that was laid out to help soothe ethnic frictions in the local area, and which is now abandoned because the group can not come up with $500/year for a lease from Council plus a $2million indemnity insurance policy (another $200/year).
These community gardens are clearly identified as part of the Owairaka Park development by ACC (http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/projects/owairaka/Default.asp
). According to an article in Te Waha Nui (http://www.tewahanui.info/wordpress2/?p=1706
) in May 2009, the Owairaka Park community garden "will include areas where groups are able to grow their own crops and will also be
providing recreational classes for the community".
In that article Charlotte Haycock, from the Auckland City Council, says community gardens involve local people sharing in the creation, maintenance and rewards of gardening. “They provide food, recreation and therapeutic opportunities for a community while also promoting environmental awareness,” she says.
Yet the situation highlights the difficulties in sustaining community gardens in Auckland City under current ACC rules (see more here: http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/documents/gardenpolicy/intr...
Although "Auckland City’s role in community gardens is seen more as an enabler and supporter of community garden initiatives, than aprovider or funding source", it is clearly using a lack of funding as a dis-enabler for this garden, despite the potential social benefits.
I am not part of this garden in any way and I don't know how ooooby-ites can help here but it seems like this is a geographic area with people that could really benefit from ooooby-philosophy (and a more flexible governing body - goodness knows what will happen when we get our 'super city') so I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions!