Nā tō rourou,
nā taku rourou
ka ora ai te iwi


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and my food basket
the people will thrive

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Our auction of 30 items is now open on Trade Me until 9.00pm on Thursday 30 October. There is something here for everyone.  Do you want to learn to be a barista or maybe you’ve always fancied a shiny kitchen mixer? Do your bit for nature: invest in a beehive; enjoy summer in a hanging lotus pod chair or top-of-the line sunglasses; transform your living with luxury linen, fine art or glass sculpture; or treat yourself to 5 star accommodation, a massage, restaurant vouchers or a new wardrobe?  All these and many more exciting items are listed on our Trade Me fundraising auction from which 100% of your successful bid will support the Garden to Table Trust. Click to see the whole collection, and thanks for supporting Garden to Table!

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We're just about to serve up a whole new look for Garden to Table which has been slowly but surely growing  in our creative garden over the last few months and is now ready to be revealed. The story behind how we created our garden of new visuals is a fascinating one that we look forward to sharing with you very soon so stay tuned. In the meantime here's a sneak preview of just one of the elements......

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The Garden to Table Trust  

Gala Fundraiser Dinner and Auction 2014




 The Garden to Table Trust is working hard to build a positive future for our children through food education and we invite you to join us for a very special evening of fine food and wine. The funds raised will ensure many more children can have the opportunity to learn to grow, harvest, prepare and share good food along with vital life skills that will enable them to lead happy, healthy lives.

 Currently available in 20 primary schools around New Zealand, the funds raised will make it possible for the Trust to support more schools in 2015 and develop the resources essential to the programme’s success.  


Saturday 23 August, 7:00pm for 7:30pm

The Great Room at The Langham Auckland

Hosted by Jesse Mulligan


 You’ll enjoy

Welcome cocktails and champagne with canapés by 2014 Masterchef winners Kasey and Karena Bird

 Six dishes from

Al Brown – Depot  Nic Watt – Masu    Volker Marecek – The Langham

Mikey Newlands – Bracu  Nick Honeyman – Lava at the Sofitel ■ Brian Campbell – Milse

 And six of New Zealand’s finest wines, skilfully matched by Belinda Jackson


 Includes carefully curated live and silent auctions


 $250 per person incl. GST

Table for 10 $2250 incl. GST


 To book call The Langham Auckland booking office 09 300 2924

or email

All enquiries to c.bell@gardentotable.org.nz  021 471 973

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Wellington school kids now have access to a successful fresh food programme that has proved highly effective in New Zealand at educating children about healthy eating.

The Garden to Table Trust has announced it is to launch in four schools in Wellington during 2014 with the financial support of The Tindall Foundation and The Warehouse.

The trust is a charitable organisation which operates a curriculum integrated programme where children aged between seven and 10 learn about fresh, seasonal food.

Youngsters are taught how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food using purpose-built gardens and kitchen facilities in their schools.

The first school in Wellington to begin the programme is Porirua’s Cannons Creek where pupils sat down to their first gardening and cooking lesson in May. A further three schools are to be announced later this year.

The Garden to Table trust was established in 2008 by food writer Catherine Bell. It is modelled on Australia’s successful and well documented Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme.

Ms Bell is delighted the programme is now available in Wellington.

"It is only with the very generous support of The Warehouse and The Tindall Foundation that we can expand in to our capital city," Ms Bell says.

"They have promised cash support to the Garden to Table Trust during the next three years and The Warehouse team members are backing the scheme with volunteers, equipment and community support."

The Warehouse Executive GM Community and Environment, Paul Walsh says: "The Warehouse has a long standing commitment to supporting families and young people across New Zealand via numerous community initiatives".

"Garden to Table is a wonderful example of the benefits of combining education with healthy living and we are delighted to assist with the extension of the programme to the Wellington region," says Mr Walsh.

In addition to Wellington, Garden to Table operates in 19 schools in New Zealand reaching out to more than 2,000 youngsters every week with messages many will take home.

The aim is to educate children while encouraging them to make healthy choices and create positive eating habits by facilitating edible gardens and kitchen classrooms in primary schools.

"The positive spinoffs are endless," Ms Bell says. "Not only do children receive a fresh perspective on food education, it enhances their skills in science, maths and English."

Garden to Table operates on an innovative, inclusive staffing model. Students work in small groups under the supervision of specialist staff, community volunteers and the teacher. It provides an opportunity to learn in an interactive way from adults and builds strong relationships with adult role models, Ms Bell says.


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Here are some suggestions on how you can support Garden to Table this weekend by Feasting for the Future. 

  • Waihekeans can grab a coffee or a meal at Wai Kitchen or head to Cable Bay where they’ll be serving a special dish of rare seared beef from which all proceeds will go to GTT.
  • Start the day with breakfast or brunch at one of the many cafés involved in Feast for the Future including Café on Kohi, Richmond Road Café, Rosehip, St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro, Takapuna Beach Café, Teed St Larder, Toru, Pescado or Urban Café.
  • For something a little special The French Café, Merediths, O’Connell St Bistro or Clooney will take care of you.
  • A sweet treat and a good brew can be found at Little & Friday (Newmarket & Takapuna), Cool Food Café, Kokako Café, or any of The Store cafés (Takapuna, St Heliers or Britomart)
  • Get the best view in town and a great cocktail at The Sugar Club.
  • If you’re after a little spice head to Tasca for tapas or Ima for some Middle Eastern fare.
  • Go glam at The Langham Auckland – Eight and The Winery are supporting Feast for the Future.
  • For a night out in Britomart head into Ortolana and follow up your meal with a home-made jelly-tip ice cream and a glass of bubbles as Milse.
  • A good steak can be found at The Grill by Sean Connolly and Marvel Grill North Wharf
  • Go Vegan or vegetarian with a meal at Hectors at The Heritage – they’re putting on a special four course Feast for the Future menu.
  • For a bit of fun and a slider or two hit up Depot, or go Italian at SPQR.
  • Hit your local – Ponsonby Road Bistro or The Engine Room are always a hit.

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As part of the celebrations for Wynyard Quarter's 2nd Birthday we are holding an open day at the Garden To Table site on 3 August from 11 am to 2 pm. This is a great chance for Garden to Table at Wynyard Quarter to tell people about the programme and we need your help to provide some produce, preserves or home baking for us to sell on the day. Funds raised from these sales will go towards Garden to Table at Wynyard Quarter.

How you can help:

You can help by donating some produce, baking or preserves for us to sell at the Open Day. Ideally this would be home baking and preserves making use of current seasonal produce. Preserves could include jams, marmalades, honey, pickles or chutneys. Donations of produce from the garden also most welcome. If we can get enough citrus fruit we will set up some juicers so children can squeeze their own fresh fruit juice.

To express your interest or to find out more information about our requirements please email Joanne Harland at joanne@gardentotable.org.nz

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The Garden to Table Trust is delighted to announce that it's annual restaurant-based fundraiser will be held this year on Saturday September 21st.

Already many restaurants and cafe's have pledged their support. They will donate a portion of their takings on that day so we  encourage you to choose one of these eateries for breakfast, lunch or dinner on this day.

You can find out more about Feast for the Future and see the restaurants and cafe's that have already signed up here.

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Garden to Table is delighted to announce a charitable partnership with the Langham Auckland.

Garden to Table Trust Chairperson Catherine Bell says the Trust is thrilled to be working with The Langham. 

“Our respective environmental philosophies are closely aligned, creating a great synergy between our two organisations. The support the Langham will provide over the next two years as a partner will greatly assist in the future growth of Garden to Table and we look forward very much to having the Langham family involved in our schools and fundraising activities.”

Jeffrey Van Vorsselen, Managing Director of The Langham Auckland says that The Langham staff are looking forward to their involvement in the programme, especially helping in local schools. 

“We believe that Garden to Table has such a positive influence for families and the community. The programme changes the way children think about food, and teaches basic life skills. It’s important that children know where their food comes from and Garden to Table encourages them to grow their own food, then prepare it to share with their peers and families” says Mr Van Vorsselen.  

“Hopefully we can help Garden to Table in their work to roll the programme out to schools across the country.”

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                                           Image courtesy of Jason Burgess

28 May, 2013

MEDIA STATEMENT

Long term solution in food education needed, not just food in schools

The government’s plan to feed hungry children in school is laudable but it is a short term solution that represents an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

Garden to Table Trust believes the ‘food in schools’ programme does not break the cycle of dependency that already exists among many struggling families. To paraphrase a Chinese proverb, if you give a child a meal you feed him for a day; teach him how to put food on the table and you feed him for a lifetime.

Supplying the food via schools does not arm adults of the future with skills that will help them as they grow and have families themselves.

The Garden to Table Programme is a proven solution – children as young as seven years old can learn life skills they will have forever. It is positive for their health and long term will help address New Zealand’s growing obesity problem.

A sibling programme in Australia is highly successful teaching thousands of children from more than 350 schools. But this has been government funded for some years.

Garden to Table teaches young children how to grow, harvest, prepare and share food using purpose-built gardens and kitchen facilities. The Garden to Table programme is cheap to run costing less than one full time equivalent staff member per school after an initial investment in the garden and the kitchen classroom.

Initiatives that provide long term value both for those who receive the benefits and also for the nation need to be fostered.  The Garden to Table Trust’s activities are one example of a long term solution that government needs to urgently investigate.

Contact for comment: Catherine Bell, Chairperson, Garden to Table Trust, Tel: 021 471 973 

Issued by Pead PR for Garden To Table Trust
Olivia Price, Pead PR, Tel: 09 551 2378, Mob: 021 474 127, Email:
olivia@peadpr.co.nz

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