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 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.
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
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