Langimalie community garden centre
The Tongan Health Society Inc has had a community centre and garden for some years. It was opened by the former Minister of Health- Tony Ryall.
There are a number of plot holders who look after small areas of garden growing largely vegetables. There is wide ranging interest in the plot holding in our community. THS runs many of its Self Management Education Programmes at the centre also Community Exercise programmes are run three times per week for our Tongan community. Many of our older clients come to the centre to engage with other members of our community weekly. There are market days put on by plot holders that are well attended.
THS has been successful for some years in receiving NZ Lottery Grants to fund community based ECE garden projects in Auckland pre- schools. There are currently 10 ECE pre schools involved in the project. This project has input from Taani Lavulavu, Homer Xu and Soni Vave.
Recently THS was able to negotiate with the Auckland City Council a $50k renovation to the Community Centre.
To deliver Healthy cooking, healthy eating practice classes to preschool children and their parents grandparents, also ECE staff members.
To network with Early Childhood Education centres on the project
Develop with Early Childhood Education Nutritionist & garden Tudor workshop
To promote sustainable use of box & organic gardens
To assist the teacher and parents with seedling planting days
Suppling the resources for each school
Creating Achievement certificate for ECE centre rewards
To enhance the beauty of the natural environment at the ECE and generally
Promote edible planting initiatives for ECE centres