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Fruit Tree Guardians Wanted for Wellington City

Wellington City Council are looking for people to help look after fruit trees in Wellington. Is that you?

Imagine being able to stroll down the road and pick feijoas, quince, apples and plums for your table. Wellington City Council are looking for Fruit Tree Guardians right now – people to plant and look after trees for their neighbourhood. give free fruit trees to neighbourhood groups with a suitable site in their area.

Ideally, each tree needs about five people in your community prepared to help care for it, and you’ll need a minimum of two volunteers to sign up. As a fruit tree guardian, you will water, prune, weed and mulch to keep the trees healthy and productive.

Once you have at least two people who are willing to take care of a tree, you need to choose a site. We love sites that get good sunshine, have access to water, are sheltered and have community access.

How to apply

Have the following information on hand to make applying easier:

  • names and email addresses of at least two guardians
  • location and description of the proposed site.

The 2016/17 round for applications for the fruit tree guardian programme is now open. Applications close 10 April 2017. Apply here

Fruit tree guardians volunteers Fredd Marshall and Kayla Roche planted mutliple trees in neighbourhood sites. 


Council staff member planting fruit tree.

Fredd has volunteered his time (all four Saturdays in July) for two years to planting the trees and he says “I love being part of making free fruit available to Wellington residents and enabling children to grow up with fruit trees in their neighbourhood.”

The fruit trees are planted on Council land, in schools and playgroups and guardians look after them for the benefit of the community.

To be a guardian volunteers agree to:

  • Care for and maintain the fruit trees for the benefit of the neighbourhood and community. This means that the fruit produced is available to the guardian and others in the community.
  • The care and maintenance of the trees includes watering over summer for the first two years, annual pruning (many of the community gardens run pruning workshops and basic details can be found online), mulching and fertilizing.

Good on Ya Wellington City Council for providing this incentive for communities!


Back to School Good +Education Grants from Office Max

Back to School Good

The Office Max Colour Me In Bag offers kids (and parents) hours of fun and supports 0800 What’s Up ,a not-for-profit phone counselling service that has been helping children and young people across NZ for the past 12 years.

0800 What’s Up Colour Me In bag is $9.99, with $5 going to Barnardos to help the team answer another call! The perfect bag for library books or sports gear – and you can make it completely your own! Purchase yours here

Run by child welfare charity Barnardos, 0800 What’s Up is a safe place for Kiwi kids to talk confidentially about anything. Trained counsellors are available to talk 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and answer phone calls from over 200 children every day.

Kids can call 0800 942 8787 from 1pm – 10pm Monday to Friday, and from 3pm – 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Additionally, this is the first kids’ helpline in NZ to offer an online chat service, open daily from 7pm – 10pm.

To access this service, or for more details, visit You can find out how 0800 What’s Up has helped Kiwi kids by reading some case studies here.

Max e Grants to support education costs and community 

Education is an important part of a child’s healthy development, but for some families, equipping their children with the resources needed for their schooling isn’t easy.

Office max believes every Kiwi kid deserves the same opportunity as the next. That’s why they developed the Max e Grants programme in conjunction with child welfare charity Barnardos – to provide assistance to children, preventing them from feeling isolated or left out of activities due to social or economic disadvantage.

Schools and early childhood centres may nominate children from 4 to 18 years of age for a grant of up to $5,000 per child to help in their schooling. This could include funding for school books and stationery, uniforms and equipment, special tuition, and subsidies to allow children to participate in class outings and camps.

In the last six years, Office max have donated $642,000 through the Max e Grants programme. And together with OfficeMax, seven of their preferred suppliers have offered their financial support to this programme as well. As a result, they are proud to say they’ve been able to assist thousands of NZ children enjoy the educational experience they deserve.

If you are a school, kindergarten or day care centre and know of a disadvantaged child who you would like to nominate for a grant, or if you would like more information about Max e Grants, visit or click here for a copy of our brochure.

2016 Hubbards Head2Head Walk

2016 Hubbards Head2Head Walk

Help grow mighty futures! Volunteers needed! 

Head 2 Head Walk- 12th-13th November 

– 24-hour 125km relay walk around the Manukau Harbour
– Fundraising for the OKE Charity, to implement the OKE Growing A Future initiative into Auckland schools
– ‘Fun and Social’ is the philosophy behind this one-of-a-kind fundraiser


Auckland’s first and only 24 hour charity walk, the Hubbards Head2Head Walk, will see a record number of people take on the 125km relay around the Manukau Harbour on the weekend of 12th and 13th November in support of the OKE Charity.

The Head2Head charity, which has raised more than $50,000 for South Auckland schools since 2012, has been rebranded as ‘OKE’.

The name comes from the Maori word for the oak tree. The charity’s new tagline, “Growing mighty kids”, reflects its goal of enabling 6000 Papatoetoe schoolkids to grow their own vegetables.

Founder Paul Dickson launched the charity in 2012 to tackle poverty in his own backyard.

The Papatoetoe man runs the Head2Head walk every year – a 125km relay to raise funds for school vegetable gardens.

He has already helped establish a garden at Papatoetoe West School and is now aiming to install gardens in every primary and intermediate school in the suburb – 10 schools, a $65,000 project all up.

“At the end of 2017, we hope to demonstrate to the rest of New Zealand the benefits of a whole community growing a future together.”

They are hoping to pair up elderly people with each school to help teach the kids gardening skills.

The course is 125km in length and is designed to be tackled by teams of 5 in a relay format. Each team member walks one of the five legs of 25km. The Hubbards Head2Head walk starts in Orua Bay atop Awhitu Peninsula on the south side of the Manukau Heads and finishes 24 hours and 125km later at Huia in the Waitakere Ranges.

In contrast to similar charity walks, the Hubbards Head2Head has been created to enable the OKE Charity to help primary schools in local communities to grow their own fruit and vegetables. In 2015, the charity launched the “Growing A Future” project at Papatoetoe West School, helping them to build an amazing fruit and vegetable garden and providing all the sustainable resources to help it thrive. Funds from the 2016 Hubbards Head2Head Walk will enable OKE to not only get more schools in Papatoetoe growing, but a percentage of funds raised will help support community gardens along the route of the walk.

Paul Dickson, founder of the OKE Charity says the event provides an opportunity for people from across Auckland to do their bit and take part in a fundraiser that is giving back where it matters most – in their own community. Hubbards Head2Head is a big walk making a big difference and is the annual fundraiser for the OKE Charity. The impact that 24 hours of effort can have on the lives of people in your school and community is immeasurable.

How you can support! They are looking for volunteers and event runners. 

Cost: $250 per team with each team set a fundraising target of $1,000

See the website for more details to register or volunteer! Good On Ya Paul Dickson and the Head 2 Head Charity Supporters.