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 September 1, 2012 at 10:36pm

Enjoying more veg

Gardener and chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has made vegetables the star in his new cook book and show, River Cottage Veg Everyday, starting on Prime TV tomorrow night, Sunday's 7:35 pm. 

After being told that his cholesterol was high, he decided to give up meat, fish and alcohol for the summer.  He lost weight, felt good and discovered he was enjoying his food more than ever.

He wants to persuade you to eat more vegetables.  Why?  He says,

We need to eat more vegetables and less flesh because vegetables are the foods that do us the most good and our planet the least harm.

He is based in England, which is slightly cooler than here, but close enough in climate that we can grow all the fruit and vegetables he features. 

Looking forward to it!

Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 30, 2012 at 8:14am

Hamilton Organic Gardeners - HOGs 

No HOGs meeting this month but their blog has information on gardening by the moon and how to make a cheap codling moth trap. 

Codling moths are the main insect pest for apples and sometimes stonefruit in NZ.  The caterpillars eat into the fruit.

The moths will lay their eggs in late spring.  See pictures and learn more about them on Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand.


Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 30, 2012 at 8:13am

Reminder: Nominations for the NZ Gardener Magazine NZ Gardener of the Year competition close 31 August 2012.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 30, 2012 at 8:12am

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Saturday 1 September - how will you surprise someone with a kind act?  

International research across many cultures has found that money doesn't make you happy, but giving usually does! And no, I am not encouraging you to go into debt: you don't have to have money to have the pleasure of giving. With a garden it is usually possible to pick some flowers or vegetables as a gift all year round at little or no cost. Or you could offer to dig someone's garden, or prune their tree, or surprise them by mowing their lawn while they’re out, or...

You can print "You've been RAK'd - kindness, pass it on" cards to give with your surprise at www.rak.co.nz - that way people know the gift was intended for them, and it encourages them to do something nice for someone else.

RAK day can be a lot of fun, we would love to hear your stories!

Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 30, 2012 at 8:08am

Interfaith Planting Day at Waiwhakareke

Learn about NZ wetlands and help the environment through planting.  Meet people from different ethnicities and faiths.  It will go ahead rain or shine.

When: Saturday 1 September, 2:00 - 4:00pm - meeting at 2pm sharp.

Where: Meet in the car park across from the main entrance to the Hamilton Zoo, Brymer Rd.

Bring: gumboots, a spade, a sunhat and a smile!

Download a map and more information from the Waikato Interfaith Council.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 9, 2012 at 12:45pm

Spare flat seed punnets?

WIC welcomes the donation of punnets for seed raising.  You can either drop them into: 

  • K'aute Pasifika Services, 960 Victoria Street, Hamilton (ph 834-1482) during office hours
  • the Grandview Community Garden when Tim & Clare are there - usually Thursday mornings and Saturday afternoons. 
Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 4, 2012 at 10:51am

Free Getting Started with Back Yard Chickens Workshop this afternoon

We still have a few places available on the chicken workshop this afternoon, so we are opening it up to the broader community. 

Time: Today (Saturday 4 Aug), 2:30-4 pm.

Where: Hillcrest

If you would like to go, give me a call on 021-8816-8988 to find out where to meet.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 3, 2012 at 11:40am


If you or your friends are just starting to learn English, you might enjoy two gardening readers set in Hamilton: Sokchea’s Garden and Going to the Garden Centre, put out by the Readers Action Group, English Language Partners WaikatoHamilton City Libraries holds the books; you can borrow them for free.  English Language Partners help migrants and refugees learn and improve their English, including through a free one-to-one home tutor service.  Like us, they see community gardens as a great place to practice conversational English.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 1, 2012 at 2:07pm

We are shifting offices this weekend! 

From 6 August WIC will be at K’aute Pasifika Services new address: Level 1 (upstairs), 960 Victoria Street (entrance off Liverpool St), Hamilton City, NZ. 

This is in the same building as the free K'aute Family Medical Centre. 

Our postal address remains the same.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on August 1, 2012 at 10:46am

Pruning Workshop by Peter Cave

And Field day At Robb Fraser’s property, 24 Innes Rd, RD3, Honikiwi

Saturday 11 August 10 am

 A NZ Tree Crops Association Waikato Branch Event

The Fraser’s property is a ‘large lifestyle block’ of 374 acres near Otorohanga. The Frasers have been in residence since the early 1960’s, planting most of the trees from the late 1970’s and they have run the farm organically for more than 20 years. About 250 acres are in pasture, 50 ac. in timber plantation and the rest in bush, gullies and scrub.

There are lots of types of trees of different ages so it is an ideal venue for us to learn more about the theory and practice of tree maintenance. Peter is an experienced plantsman and, at previous events, has shown his ability to inform and entertain – it will be a good day out!

10 am            Get together for a cuppa and chat. Tea/coffee will be provided by NZTCA.

10.30 am      Pruning demonstration. BYO (bring your own) gumboots

12 noon        BYO lunch and then we can go for a farm tour afterwards.

All welcome!


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