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Join a community programme

Tūhono atu ki tētahi kaupapa hapori

Community shellfish monitoring

Together with the Department of Conservation, we provide coordinator support and equipment to groups who undertake annual shellfish surveys.

We also provide schools with teaching resources to add value to what they learned from the survey.

Shellfish monitoring:

  • provides a health indicator for the beaches of the Hauraki Gulf.
  • aims to increase awareness of the shellfish harvesting limits.

If you want to co-ordinate a community shellfish survey, contact us.

The Compost Collective

Learn about composting, improving your soil and producing fertilisers.

For more information and to book a course, see the Compost Collective website.

Growing for health

This programme teaches basic gardening techniques from seed germination, to growing and harvesting. We have teaching gardens at various parks around Manukau.

Participants are allocated a 5m x 5m gardening plot for a whole season (summer or winter). They can keep any produce grown.

We encouraged participants to apply at home the techniques they learned.

Next courses

For information, call 09 534 6702 or email

Apply for a gardening plot

Anyone over 18 can apply by completing the application form.

Post the completed form to:

Auckland Teaching Gardens Trust
 P.O. Box 200101
 Auckland 2025

Or email it to

For more information, call 027 485 0221.

Nappy choices

Waste Free Parenting workshops

Learn about your different nappy choices at a Waste Free Parenting workshop.

The workshops are 2.5 hours long and cost $30 ($35 for couples). We run some workshops in conjunction with other events, so costs may vary.

Attendees receive a free cloth nappy pack worth $90 (one per family), and a light morning tea or supper.

For more information including dates, locations and bookings, visit The Nappy Lady’s website.

Cloth nappy trial for early childcare centres (ECE)

We encourage ECEs to reduce their waste to landfill by using cloth nappies.

We offer a free eight-week trial that includes the loan of a modern cloth nappy kit, along with advice from a nappy expert, our staff, and other ECEs that have taken part previously.

For more information, see:

Ranger walk and talk programme

Free walk and talk programmes are available in parks and reserves all over Auckland.

For bookings, contact us.   

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