Ngahere o te Ora - Carterton Community Garden
Originally started by Carterton's youth group Rangatahi to Rangatira (R2R), the Haumanu Community Garden is located at the Haumanu House Social Service Hub.
‘Haumanu’ meaning to ‘restore to health, rejuvenate, be therapeutic’ was developed in 2016 in response to barriers experienced by the Carterton community in accessing social support services. These services are typically based in Masterton and the wider Wellington region causing transport challenges for many of those needing help. Providers at the Hub include counselling, budgeting, mental health, legal advice, neighbourhood support, victim support, food rescue, and food bank services.
Spearheaded by R2R, Carterton District Council, Wai Art, Wairarapa Herb Society, and Resilient Carterton, the development of the Haumanu Community Garden also includes many other community organisations such as Lions, Keep Carterton Beautiful Group, and Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa. The wider community are also actively involved - a public design workshop brought together a wide range of people who provided fantastic suggestions and ideas to shape the design of the garden including innovative methods and systems, a wide range of plants and herbs including Māori medicinal plants, landscape design features, information signs, and examples of what people can use in their own gardens. Volunteers have also formed the gardening group which grows the plants and maintains the gardens.
This is an exciting collaborative community-led project offering a wide range of community benefits and outcomes. The Haumanu Community Garden will be an artistic and functional space that will play a vital role in supporting the wellbeing of the Carterton community (particularly for families that are most vulnerable), as well as foster valuable connecting, volunteering, and mentoring opportunities.