We have kept the earth warm

Growing healthy, organic food is one activity that is immediately apparent to all who visit, but that is not our only relationship with the environment.

As the society caring for the Sanctuary Mahi Whenua we are the kaitiaki (guardians) of the space.

We see the Sanctuary Mahi Whenua as a resource that is used by others, whether as a place to enjoy nature or as an educational tool.

We are committed to engaging with our wider community. Here are some of the ways in which we currently support the community.

  • We have created a place for enjoyment and learning in the community.
  • We showcase to the wider community organic horticultural and permaculture principles.
  • We promote the production of nutritionally-rich food in a sustainable way to foster healthy lifestyles and environments.
  • We maintain the Sanctuary gardens and food forest as a community research and demonstration resource promoting self-sufficiency using organic horticultural techniques. 
  • We encourage the use of the Sanctuary for wide-ranging educational purposes.
  • We recognise the Sanctuary is a taonga and Sanctuary members are kaitiaki.
  • We look after the significant trees of the Sanctuary originally planted by Unitec staff.
  • We seek to maintain positive relationships with Unitec Institute of Technology as a community partner and maintain the Sanctuary environs.
  • We inform the community about the historical significance of the Sanctuary as gardens established by pre-European Māori and later used by the asylum kitchen.
  • We will be a food source for the local community at times of civil emergencies.
  • We will carry on any other aim which may seem to Sanctuary members capable of being conveniently carried on in connection with the above aims, or calculated directly or indirectly to advance the aims of the Sanctuary Mahi Whenua.