Manukau Courier : March 8th 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 8, 2011 NEWS www.craftexpo.co.nz Make it at CraftExpo! Shop for supplies & see new, fun, crafty ideas. Plus learn in over 30 workshops daily! March 17 - 20, 2011 ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland Thursday to Sunday • 10am to 4.30pm Freecall: 0800 399 378 Admission charges apply Organised by: Supported by: First Time in Auckland! Best of Fresh for Less Manukau City Cnr Cavendish Dr & Great Sth Rd Ph: 262 3252 Otahuhu 26 Saleyards Rd Ph: 276 2119 MC8/3 Normal trading hours Manukau: Mon-Sun 7.30am -- 6.30pm Otahuhu: Mon-Sun 7.00am -- 6.30pm All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin White & Yellow Nectarines $2.99bag Capsicums (All colours) 99¢bag Pukekohe AGRIA Potatoes $12.99bag Golden Queen Peaches $1.99bag Shanghai Bok Choy 79¢bag Round Beans $1.79bag Fresh Courgettes $1.99bag 800g Yummy Flatto Peaches $2.69tray 500g 800g 300g 700g 10kg Builders, Developers, Homeowners -- DO NOT MISS THIS SALE THE TILE SHOPPE 80 Great South Rd, Otahuhu Ph: 276 9381 Monday - Friday 8.30am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12noon Charles Norager & Son Ltd 250x333 WHITE GLOSS WALL TILES (slight imperfections) was $45/m2 NOW $19/m2 SELECTED WALL & FLOOR TILES $19/m2 SELECTED LISTELLO'S NOW $3 EACH 600x600 POLISHED PORCELAIN Was $75/m2 50% OFF NOW $37.50/m2 TOO MANY REDUCTIONS TO LIST GARAGE SALE NOW ON Community garden back blossoming Busy hands: Gardener Mike Pau, right, and Alen Levis have helped bring new life to the Mangere Comunnity Garden. Photo: TROELS SOMMERVILLE By TROELS SOMMERVILLE A chance for Mangere residents to cultivate their green thumbs has finally blossomed. After a tough start the Mangere Community Garden is now a flourishing patch of land producing everything from puha to watermelon. The initiative was started by the Mangere Community Health Trust to encourage people to grow their own food and think about their diet. The fertile block of land situated on Waddon Place behind Mangere Town Centre is now covered in crops. Personnel problems at the start of the project two years ago meant the garden only ran for about seven moths before it closed. During the downtime the upkeep was halted and the garden became overgrown. But new caretaker Mike Pau has brought it back to life, changing it from its weed-infested state into a productive piece of land. And it's helped him turn over a new leaf, he says. The blossoming gardener left his regular job as a health promoter six months ago to take a more proactive'' step in helping health promotion. I've transformed from a person working a nine-to-five to a person whose life is the garden.'' He has already lost 18kg during his six months at the garden and he's hoping it will help others do the same. Counties Manukau has a high rate of obesity and the highest rate of type 2 dia- betes in the country with more than 27,000 diagnosed with the disease. The main thing here is to get our people eating healthy and actively participating,'' Mr Pau says. It has to be a community place -- everyone has to feel they own it.'' Families can be allocated an area in the garden for six to nine months, during which they can grow their own fruit and veggies. Dr Mike Lamont from the Mangere Community Health Trust hopes the garden will regenerate the community's enthusiasm for growing. It seems like instead of going out and polluting the atmosphere with your lawn mower once a week it would be much better to go out and tend the garden,'' Dr Lamont says. Mr Pau credits resident Alen Levis with helping to get the community garden grow- ing again. With Mr Levis' help the garden was able to get a trac- tor to plough the ground. The gardens are now self- sufficient because the seeds from crops are replanted, Mr Pau says. His policy is simple. If you pull it out, put in a seedling. If you get me to cut it out, I'll charge you a dol- lar.''
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