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Bunnings Team Members and people around a vegetable garden
In May this year, volunteers at Te Whānau Pūtahi family centre built a community garden filled with vegetables and herbs that will one day grow to provide healthy food for whānau in the Fairfield community.

Te Whānau Pūtahi is a not-for-profit organisation that has been serving the Fairfield community for more than 25 years. They provide support to the community with free meals and food parcels for those in need. They also act as an early childhood centre for local families and run free events focused on helping families and building healthy relationships.

“The purpose of the garden is to create a resource where whānau can come and help themselves to healthy, fresh produce and also contribute towards maintaining the garden for the benefit of others,” said Mariece Winiata-Topi, Administrator from Te Whānau Pūtahi. “We believe this will help the community to have a sense of ownership over the garden and will help to make the community a better place”.

Mariece contacted the team at Bunnings Warehouse Hamilton South to see if they could help with the community garden project. The team was happy to lend a hand by donating products and attending two working bees to build the garden and plant the produce. Together with volunteers from Te Whānau Pūtahi, they created a 11.6m X 1.5m garden bed and filled it with a variety of herbs and vegetables.

“We’re delighted to have been able to help Te Whānau Pūtahi to build a garden that will provide healthy vegetables and fruit trees for the community,” said Kyle Augustus, Bunnings Warehouse Hamilton South Complex Manager. “The Bunnings Hamilton South team enjoyed working alongside the team at Te Whānau Pūtahi to bring their project to life.”

Visit Te Whānau Pūtahi Community Centre