Hope Teaching Garden

Located on New Lynn’s Riverbank Road at the edge of the Whau River is a thriving garden dedicated to growing food and providing opportunities to learn and share skills. 

Now under EcoMatters’ kaitiakitanga (guardianship) on behalf of the community, we are rebuilding this garden to play its part in the restoration of our local whenua (land) and the Whau River.

Set among homes and local businesses at the end of a cul de sac, the site is being transformed into a flourishing green space that will support biodiversity, soil regeneration and learning opportunities on many levels. 

Growing neighbourhood purpose

Our teaching programme offers a range of free workshops, from gardening to cooking and sustainability topics too. Support material will be offered in a range of languages.

In addition to these learning options, we’re always keen to welcome regular volunteers. 

You can roll your sleeves up and get involved in sessions to restore and regenerate the garden and Whau river by volunteering regularly or attending one-off events. If you’re a business or organisation, you might like to help with group volunteering, sponsorship or in-kind donations. 

As well as caring for nature, the wider purpose of this education and volunteer programme is to foster well being and togetherness, community connectivity and resilience. This is achieved by covering subjects such as soil regeneration, growing nutrient dense food, harvesting and cooking food, composting and waste minimisation, stream restoration, native planting, water quality, conservation and rainwater harvesting.

We welcome everyone in the community to the garden to help us develop it into a place we can all enjoy!

Growing engagement and connection

Would you like to try joining us in fostering kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of our lovely whenua (land) at the Hope Teaching Garden? Then we’d love to meet you. We’re looking for people who want to expand their skills in growing, harvesting and cooking nutrient dense foods or better understand regenerative gardening practices. This invitation is open to all local residents, employees at nearby businesses and any other interested organisations. Please check out our Upcoming events page for one-off event information.

We’d love to hear from you

kia ora and thanks to

Funding from the Ethnic Communities Development Fund through Te Tari Matawaka (Office of Ethnic Communities) and the Community Capability and Resilience Fund, through the Ministry of Social Development.

Auckland Council and Whau Local Board for their support.