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At 9:36am on October 25, 2011, Christy Ralphs said…
both are fine, will be here today till about 1215, tomorrow should be here all day apart from taking guests to ferry.
At 11:06pm on October 23, 2011, Christy Ralphs said…
raspberries or roses or both ? :)
At 3:36pm on October 3, 2011, Roxy Hart said…
Hi Pete :) I am new to ooooby as of today, and im so happy that I have found such a great site. I can hardly leave my computer! Just wanted to flick u a quick note to say thank u. I can tell that your influence has been a driving force for this org. Sites like this will help draw in, educate, share, involve, influence and inspire many to get off the couch, go outside spend some time in the dirt and LIVE life. It will encourage people to use their brains and start thinking about what is going on in their homes, towns, areas, country and planet. So once again THANK-YOU on behalf of all.
At 2:58pm on September 22, 2011, Emmanuelle Jacques said…
Thanks Pete, and also remember that I am happy to volunteer !
At 10:02am on September 8, 2011, Di Celliers said…


I have created the event for the working Bee at the Lime orchard.


The fruit picking initiative needs people to volunteer their time to go picking and also people to volunteer their fruit trees to be picked.


Community Fruit Harvesting was started by Di Celliers on the North Shore of Auckland when she noticed fruit rotting on the ground in backyards in her community at the same time as reading newspaper reports about the growing demands on local food banks and charities providing food to needy families. Killing two birds with one stone she gathered some friends as volunteers and set out to pick the fruit. The fruit is then shared with the tree owner and local charities such as Auckland City Mission.  The initiative has caught the attention of many people and there have been a number of newspaper article, radio interviews and the spread via social media such as Facebook and various eNews columns. We have had people offer to make marmalade with some of the fruit and then donate that back. Since the beginning of July, we have donated about 400 bags of fruit and 200 bottles of marmalade to the Auckland City Mission predominantly.  People all over the country have made contact asking how they can start or join a group in their town or region. 

There is no need for so many people to go hungry - we need people to share what is already in abundance and also for schools and councils to plant fruit trees and other edibles wherever they can."

At 4:01pm on September 6, 2011, Di Celliers said…

Thanks so much Pete.

Yes - any publicity to get more people invovled in offering their fruit/fruit trees, picking, posting flyers, helping with organising and advertising, fundraising for fruit pickers for new areas to start up , making marmalade and jam, giving us glass jars or anything else that people can think of ...


Yes, too for the Working Bee at the Lime orchard. I will put something together tonight .


Thanks again for your support.


At 2:30pm on September 5, 2011, Di Celliers said…

Hi Pete


Are you referring to the Community Fruit Picking or the working bee at the lime orchard? The answer is YES to both.

Check to see what we are doing with the fruit picking. Any advertising to people who have excess fruit they are happy to donate to charity or people who would like to go out fruit picking is most welcome.

As for the working bee - I would love to go out soon - Sat 24 Sept - to help this family clear the overgrown and neglected orchard. Any tips and tricks on how to get rid of her pesky possums would, I am sure, be most appreciated! Again - if you could advertise so we could get a big group of people together - it would be so good. She lives in Waimauku so car pooling would probably be a good idea.

At 2:17pm on August 25, 2011, Megan said…
Have called Olivia and left a vm to say that I've changed the details.
At 1:57pm on August 25, 2011, Megan said…
thanks for the msg Pete :) Have updated the event details.
At 11:44am on August 8, 2011, Scott Thiemann said…

Hey Pete:


I must be even more tech-unadept than usual today, because I can't find out how to send you an email...Just thought I'd let you know that I ran into Justine Green again Sat and she mentioned that she'd like to head up an OOOOBY stall in Rodney.  My gosh, you couldn't ask for more than her positive energy in such a venture!  She's an MG presenter on IPM in the garden and is great at engaging the students in our programme.  Hope all's well and you can get the stall in Grey Lynn up and running again.


By the way, we feature speakers at our quarterly market and if you were interested in setting up a demo and selling produce--you could have the whole bubblehouse (our large covered space outdoors)! at our next market.  OOOOBYers could speak on various topics on the hour or half hour. 

At 5:42pm on June 14, 2011, Rachel said…
Ha! I wish, I was recently in Thailand and this is a little snap of the market fresh produce for sale! 
At 7:38pm on June 8, 2011, gabriella said…

hi Pete.. thought i would share with you this link.. be great to get a copy of this farming doco when it comes out...  just been reading THE DIRTY LIFE by Kristin Kimball  wonderful book..

At 10:07pm on May 24, 2011, Ricardo Oscar Marques said…

Sorry Pete: That was very stupid on my side.

I know you are busy, but hold, I want to make a group of people to share handwork. One day everybody comes to my house, then yours (as example), and then another person.

The idea is to make work more efficient. Seems that is not working well, I cannot summon people, not even one. Any advice?

At 9:09pm on May 23, 2011, Ricardo Oscar Marques said…

Complaint Pete: The Group Working Bees Auckland didnt appear when you press Groups Button.

I thought that you banned me for all the Spam, but not, as it comes in home page.

Do you know what is going on?

At 9:45am on May 17, 2011, Shona Cullen said…

Hi Pete

I just recived 11 invitations to get $250 free MacDonald, I take that its a scam?

This came from my e-mail service!



At 9:32am on May 17, 2011, Jools said…

Hi Pete - hope you are well.  I've had numerous spam messages from all my groups this morning promoting McDonalds vouchers (lol).  Here is an example....


A message from Deborah Greenbaum to all members of Vermiculture on Ooooby!


Get a $250 McDonald's gift card at no cost


Visit Vermiculture at:




Not sure if it's affecting anyone else but you might want to investigate.

Happy Gardening.

Cheers Julia

At 4:38pm on April 14, 2011, gabriella said…
hi Pete, congrats on your new land/home purchase.. fantastic!!  quick ?? my sister wanted to take a look at oooby and view my photos. but found she could not unless she posted a photo?  also tried to send share option on oooby photos but never received them.. i tested this as well sending myself a 'share' photo option. I never received.  So, how to entice my sister to join ooooby??
At 9:53am on February 21, 2011, Ellen said…

Hi Pete, Ellen here from Sandringham. Are you able to promote this event, in particular our garden? If you are in Auckland, pop by, we usually only meet at events, would be gr8 to have you around for a visit. Thx, Ellen


Heroic Gardens Festival on 5/6 March. Our garden on display - full productive garden as organic as we can. Page 4:

At 10:41pm on February 14, 2011, Christy Ralphs said…
hi pete - hope all is going well, especially with the wee one, hope k (and you) aren't too sleep deprived. I'm organising fossil bay kindy harvest fair stuff at the moment (april 3, 10-2), and wanting to have a series of relevant talks/workshops throughout the day. any chance you could help out with some of your fab contacts city side who may like to cross the ditch and give a talk/workshop on anything gardening/food related? you can email me direct maybe -
At 2:50pm on February 11, 2011, Earl Mardle said…

Love to visit the island again, haven't been there since my brother left about 10 years ago.

The TV people came this morning and are fairly positive, me being fairly good at talking on camera and all, I mentioend that one of the activities we might get the young person involved in is Oooobyversity and possibly the market stall; she thought it sounded good so we should be able to give the thing a boost at some stage.


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