The secret to Carterton’s success is a community full of do-ers, and Hayden Mischefski is one of these people — he thinks up an idea and then does it.
Hayden has been in Carterton for 8 years, since moving from Wellington in pursuit of a new lifestyle. Since being in Carterton, Hayden has initiated 7 community projects:
The Fix It Lab
The Fix It Lab is a community-run workshop hosted by volunteers with the skills to make repairs for people in the community. The idea was borne from the ‘Living the Change’ film, and is founded on the principles of reusing and repairing, and diverting items from landfill. The Lab offers repair services once a month, in a variety of areas including sewing, toy repairs, bike repairs, and more. The community can access the lab by donation, koha, or the use of the green dollar system.
The Asia and Friends Food Night Market
Asia and Friends is a local food night market based in Carterton and held quarterly. The events aims to showcase the community’s ethnic diversity, and aims to bring new people to Carterton to enjoy an evening out. The market offers a range of ethnic foods, coffee, and stalls, as well as interactive music sessions. These markets are very successful, with hundreds of people attending.
The Carterton Kite Festival
Hayden organised the inaugural Carterton Kite Festival this year. The event aimed to bring people to Carterton, and for families to enjoy a day out. Families could bring a kite down to the park’s green space, and enjoy meeting new and old friends. The first event was well attended, and Hayden hopes to make this an annual event.
Community Fruit Harvesting Wairarapa
The Community Fruit Harvesting group harvest surplus organic produce, which would otherwise be wasted, and redistribute it to schools, groups, and local food banks. The initiative is focussed on food security, resilience, and education — jams have been made at school homework clubs!
Fruit Trees in Schools
Every year, Hayden accesses local grants and donations to purchase fruit trees for local schools. Hayden wants all children to have access to fruit trees, and this initiative allows local schools to grow their own food forests and resources, while educating children about how fruit is grown.
Birdsong Wairarapa Conservation Projects
This project is in the early days still but the project aims to promote Carterton as the conservation centre of the Wairarapa, with more ecology, wetlands, planting, and conservation projects to promote walks and local tourism.
The Carterton Curtain Bank
This project re-purposes old curtains and up-cycles them in order to keep homes warmer.
Hayden writes, “I have a 3C vision for Carterton: community, conservation and charity. I believe that Carterton is the best community because it is better placed to serve the region as the main hub for professional services, new businesses and start-ups. It also has more strings in its bow in terms of development potential, events and outdoor activities.”