Papatuanuku ki Taurangi Garden


Papatuanuku ki Taurangi Garden

Gardeners, volunteers and Sisters of Mercy in Ellerslie. Organic garden based on care for Earth and community.

Location: Auckland
Members: 13
Latest Activity: Feb 28, 2013

About the Garden



Papatuanuku ki Taurangi (Earth Promise) is a an initiative of Nga Whaea Atawhai ó Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. 

We seek to offer a living model that bears witness to a healthy and sustainable ecological relationship with Earth and universe, and to explore another way of living as a religious community that speaks to the needs of this time. We extend a cosmic hospitality- a welcoming of the mystery of the unfolding universe.

You can find the garden at 12B Umere Cres, Ellerslie, Auckland.

The garden is a place for teaching and learning as well as providing food. It is based on permaculture and organic principles, and is designed as a place of beauty. Hospitality is core and whoever comes is welcome. We have had many celebrations, and partnered with others who share this site.

Visitors will see vegetable beds, fruit trees, and roses. There are also free range chickens, compost bins and other work areas. It is a lively and beautiful place.

The garden is used to host gardening workshops. It is visited by school students and children from a neighbouring early childhood centre.

It provides an opportunity to support a small number of people into employment and volunteer gardeners also help out on a regular basis.

Some of the produce is sold at the Grey Lynn farmers market to support the garden's operation. As well, whoever comes is welcome to share the fruits of the garden.

Some history of the garden

In 2000 as part of our 150 year jubilee celebrations, the Sisters of Mercy dedicated all remaining land at the Ellerslie site to restoration of women, children and the Earth. Our thrust was to be communities of hope, to be witness to a right relationship with all Earth, to stand with those on the margins and explore new expressions of committed life together.

The community house opened in February 2001 and from that time we developed our community garden and planted trees on the property. The first community, with helpers, can claim to have built the glass house, laid stonework and pathways and built the garden shed.

The house was built with some eco features of the time, including recycled flooring, solar heating and a north-facing aspect for maximum sunlight.

In 2004, one more house and two units were built on site, for sisters to live in. Development of the garden continued through the subsequent years.

The logo

The logo Papatuanuku ki Taurangi Earth Promise was designed by Kingi Davis. The blue colouring at the centre of the logo signifies Divine Mystery, God, Io; emanating forth into consciousness. The shades of green signify verdancy, life, energy, a growing garden and food.

Discussion Forum

Dirt Doctor workshop steams ahead

 Another weekend, another marvellous workshop. Over the past two Saturdays, Papatuanuku ki Taurangi was the site for a Dirt…Continue

Started by Wayne Erb Jul 2, 2012.

Biodynamic workshop with Peter Proctor, Rachel Pomeroy 1 Reply

 The team at Papatuanuku ki Taurangi were happy to help host a Biodynamic gardening workshop led by Peter Proctor and Rachel Pomeroy this weekend just gone.…Continue

Started by Wayne Erb. Last reply by Catherine Orr Nov 2, 2011.

Children visit garden

This month, we had a special visit from children attending the Moove and Groove session at…Continue

Started by Wayne Erb Oct 11, 2011.

What's new - August 2011 1 Reply

So what have we been up to at PKT recently?The photo to the left shows the team after a…Continue

Started by Wayne Erb. Last reply by Diane SQ Aug 24, 2011.

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Comment by Wayne Erb on December 13, 2012 at 11:06am

The garden, and Rosemary's award, feature in a full page article of the latest Sisters of Mercy newsletter. See page 2. Click on the link below to download a copy - PDF, 845 KB

And also take time to check out the revamped Mercy website:

Comment by Lynn on December 4, 2012 at 1:15pm

Delightful! Absolutely Delightful!

Comment by Wayne Erb on December 4, 2012 at 12:52pm

Hi everyone, 

Here is the link to the TVNZ Close Up story on Rosemary and all our team at PKT garden:

Comment by Wayne Erb on May 30, 2012 at 8:08pm

Dirt Doctor workshops

Hi everyone. The PKT garden team is pleased to be hosting two days of Dirt Doctor workshops in June. The focus is on investing in your soil so you have abundant crops in Spring. Here are the details:

Comment by Wayne Erb on October 20, 2011 at 5:19pm

Papatuanuku ki Taurangi is happy to be hosting the "Dirt Doctor" Jim O'Gorman on October 29-30.

Jim and Pania Robinson will be running their latest Urban Eden workshop on our site. The two days show you how to build healthy soil and grow lots of food in your backyard.

For more details, check out Jim's upcoming events page:

Comment by Diane SQ on August 9, 2011 at 1:31pm
I am going to try shade cloth on the compost pile. Old sheets/fabric may work too
Comment by Rosemary Anne Revell on August 9, 2011 at 1:17pm

Thanks everyone for my new garden.  We did a shell path today and hope to mulch the undug areas nearby.  The pukekos, Californian quails, sparrows and blackbirds are enjoying the seed and compost despite the netting!


Comment by Diane SQ on August 8, 2011 at 11:20am

Want to express my gratitude to have had the opportunity to host our latest Biodynamic workshop at Papatuanuku ki Taurangi Garden. A special Thank you to Rosemary who has been so welcoming to us, and has provided full support before and during the workshop, we were very well looked after.

Thank you Wayne and Ping for volunteering your time, and making a valuable commitment in helping developing this learning and teaching space.

May all your efforts helps others to engage in the Eath Promise ...

Comment by Wayne Erb on August 1, 2011 at 8:54am
Pleased to be able to share it with you.
Comment by Lynsey Ferrari on July 31, 2011 at 11:00pm
It looks beautiful and the description of the garden's purpose and history is quite inspiring. Thanks for bringing Papatuanuku ki Taurangi to our attention Wayne. Wishing you many abundant harvests.


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