Te Kaakano Nursery
Te Kaakano Community Garden and Nursery
Te Kaakano community garden and nursery is run in partnership between our two organisations – Desert Spring Ministry and A Rocha Aotearoa NZ. We welcome people from all walks of life to join our community project.
Desert Spring Ministries
Desert Spring Ministries is a charitable trust formed in 1991 and is based in the Fairfield neighbourhood. Our aims are positive living, strengthening community and exploring faith. Currently we are achieving this through being a whanau / family focussed community centre encouraging a sense of belonging and contribution.
Our Vision is: Healthy communities and environments.
Our Mission is: Families together actively creating a healthy community and environment.
Families helping families
- Honomai Community Hui-Planning, fundraising and facilitating whanau events. Providing community evaluation and advice to Desert Spring
- Holiday Family Events-Tenting, camping and day trips. Together we fundraise and plan these events.
- Community Garden-Growing vegetables for whanau and for the foodbank.
- Learning Together-Opportunities to learn, share knowledge and skills.
- One-on-one support and future planning
- Advocacy and referrals
- Playgroup - each Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am term time
- Budgeting Advice
- Te Kaakano Nursery
- Creating employment opportunities and income source.
- LIDS Employment Project
- Part-time employment to gain a work history and work skills.
Desert Spring Ministries
408 Peachgrove Rd
P: (07) 855 2728
F: (07) 855 2718
Rocha Aotearoa NZ
A Rocha Aotearoa NZ is a community-based, not for profit conservation organisation.
We belong to the international family of A Rocha projects. Our name comes from the Portuguese word “The Rock,” as the first A Rocha initiative was a field study centre in Portugal. A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on practical conservation, environmental education, science and research. In NZ, we have a head office in the Waikato and branches in 6 regions throughout the country.
Our vision is to see "Ecosystems restored and communities across New Zealand actively caring for the earth."
Our mission is - "To protect and restore the environment through community-based conservation projects, research, and education."
HANDS-ON CONSERVATION: protecting and restoring natural ecosystems and the people, plants and animals that depend on them.
COMMUNITY-BUILDING: encouraging a community response to local environmental needs and a culture of genuine care and support.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: inspiring and empowering people with conservation knowledge and skills, and encouraging the church to adopt creation care as an integral part of the Christian life.
RESEARCH AND MONITORING: studying natural ecosystems to foster knowledge and love of them, to enable informed conservation action.
PROMOTING PARTNERSHIP: active collaboration with various organisations and stakeholders to achieve mutual conservation goals.
A Rocha Aotearoa NZPO
Ph 027 4276242