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I’m a bit horrified to hear that it’s been a month already! Things seem to be taking soooo long to get happening with the community garden.  I’ve attached the notification of our Resource Consent being granted to use the DCC managed public reserve on Oregon St for the Tomahawk Community Garden.

Resource consent granted

Resource consent

I’ve also attached the photo we took of the marks the Water and Waste department painted on the reserve to mark the sewage pipe that we have to avoid when we start building.
Oregon reserve sewrage wide shot
Oregon Reserve Sewerage – wide shot
What’s really holding us up is our Trust Deed. We have a final version that we are taking back to the Community Law Centre to get further advice on and then we’ll send in our application for Not for profit Trust status. I hope that doesn’t take too long as we need the bank account to follow to deposit your grant money, pay for soil testing, the lease and any incidentals for the water installation.

So I’m sorry it’s not a very exciting update but we are making some progress!  Thanks again for your support.

Kā mihi, nā

Anna and the Tomahawk Community Garden group


[Ocean Grove Community Trust]

Upon receiving the funding from the Big Green Challenge we began exploring the process of installing our shed.  To our surprise we discovered it to be a much more complex and expensive process then anticipated.  We therefore met as a group and identified a project manager with experience in this area.  We have selected our site, cleared the area of undergrowth and overhanging  branches, and priced out our materials. In the next few weeks we will have a working bee to create our foundations.  Once these are in place we will source our shed and put it up.


Our garden


The cleared shed site


Cutting back the overhanging branches

Naomi Rudolf and Rebecca Reid


Southern Dunedin Garden Network (Grubby Angels)

[Jan Hamill has taken over co-ordinating this group as her husband Bruce is very busy.]

Monthly Report for November:

We were thrilled to receive our funding from the Council and have been working hard to promote our new direction since then…to help people establish their own vegetable gardens and to be part of a network which shares seedlings, seeds and produce.

  • Flyers were created and distributed at the South Dunedin Street Day (8 November)and at the Church Fair (15 Nov), and in Church notices
  • Bruce and Jan were interviwed by Anna of Volunteer Otago and an article will go in their newsletter about the project.
  • Discussion about when our members would be available for working in others’ gardens  once consultations were done.
  • Official Book started with dates , for planning.
  • Welcome Packs were prepared ( Gloves, Potting Mix, Compost, and range of easy-to –grow seeds) Thank-you warehouse for a 2 day 25% off sale! ($164 spent)
  • Seeds and potting Mix distributed to group members with instructions to grow these in preparations for gardens
  • Waiting

While waiting we took the opportunity to work on one of our members gardens and get that going. We were feeling a little discouraged. Then suddenly we were in business, with two new clients wanting support. We also had offers of seedlings and seeds from others in the community and were able to get the seedlings growing straight away in Mary’s newly dug-over  garden and heel some in in Jan’s garden to wait until more garden space was available. Jan was able to exchange some plants with these people as well. Yay! We feel like we’re on the way!



First Official Consultation: 23rd November 2014

{Garden Consultants: Ivan and Jan and Ros). We had a visit to two very different gardens, one in Green Island and one in Princess St and were able to give lots of advice and plan some possible directions as well as talking about when we might come back and get stuck in.


First Official Garden Makeover:

This is planned for 29th November, 3pm. Clinton is doing some clearing out before we come, and we hope to help him plant some of his many seedlings in appropriate places as well as bringing him some yams and potatoes to put on his site, along with some compost.


Lee and Katherine have lots of available space in green Island but want to have a vege garden which their dog can’t get into. We plan to use the current trampoline site, which is partially-fenced, to start a garden. We have two other dates we can do work on , on hopefully Lee and Katherine’s  garden and that will be all we can do before Christmas.


We are excited about possibilities!

Co-ordinator, Jan Hamill.

28 -11-14

Plus 3 x extra photos sent in 03-12-14:

Grubby Angels 050


Grubby Angels 052


Grubby Angels 048

We had a check for the bees with a thorough look inside last week with the people we took over the rent a hive from for the past year – although we actually purchased a new colony and queen.  We just wanted to make sure all things were looking as they should be, and they were.  It’s a small colony but they are doing what needs to be done for themselves and all is well.  They looked healthy, the hive looks clean, along with a good progress of eggs, lavae and pupae.   The Queen, who we have named Queen Valerbee after my sister Valerie is looking lovely.   They have ample food stocks.     The weather hasn’t been that great for bee foraging, but when they have been able, the bees have been going out and about collecting their provisions.   They seem to be going all over the place, some stay in our garden, some probably go out into the bush, and some are in neighbour’s gardens.   The Rata trees are just about to bloom, so they will be very happy about that.   I  see the bees are still foraging from our thyme,  they are also gathering from our wild buttercups, and the clover is just about to bloom as well.   I like to keep a good bit of wildness in the garden  (weeds are a misnomer, they are useful plants we would prefer not to have in that spot) for not only the bees but other insects so they have somewhere to live and eat from.   We love watching the pattern of the bees, they choose their time of day on when they collect from certain flowers.   They are really beeautiful!

All seems to be going well with the bees at this point.   
Plan B Nov 14 #2


Plan B Nov 14 #1

Here is the bee “house”.   The roof that Danny made is for extra insulation  to assist the young colony to balance out the temperature and moisture inside the hive.   The inside of the roof is insulated with sheep’s wool, and there are ventilation holes as well.   The lip is to give the entrance just a tad bit more protection from rain.   Under “normal” circumstances, most of the Langstroths just have the plain metal roof, which can, seeing as it is metal,  either become very hot or very cold.  Conditions like this can be mitigated if you have enough honey and or brood boxes, but we are small right now and it is only time that will reveal how strong our colony is.     We have seen small colonies die from the cold – and in other countries wax melt from being too hot,  albeit some colonies are just strong and seem to be able to cope with all things thrown at them.   Seeing as we are having much up and down weather this is just an added bit of “nurturing” and care for the young colony we have.   You will often see other kinds of hives in backyards or small independent farms around the world that also use extra roofs, and extra outside cladding for both insulation and aid for ventilation.

Most commercial bee keepers don’t have the time for the extra roofing given that they can be looking after anywhere between hundreds and thousands of beehives.

Caroline Davies


We have been quite busy, our work so far has mostly consisted in investigating the backlog of workshops GenZero has already done in the past, to see what resources we can use and there are quite a few. Of course our theme here is quite different, and we want it to be informative, practical and experiential. So we have talked to a few GenZero-ites who have lead regional and nation-wide hui or some tips. It is quite a big project so we want it to go well.
As you know there will be multiple workshops, six at the moment: facilitating, media, policy, stunt organising, social media and internet tools, and fun and networking as the last one.
We would like the last one to be reflective and fun, as the end of the workshop series, so we have been investigating places where we could go as a group, to maybe stay overnight. The idea is also that we connect with other groups, so one of the options that we have been investigating is Quarantine Island.
The workshops are starting to take shape and we are pleased with our progress, but there is still a lot more to do!
Daniel F. Benson-Guiu

We are receiving the initial reports from our funding recipients. Here are the first 3 reports which we have received. We will post the rest as they are received.

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