North Shore Times : January 31st 2014
2 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2014 www.northshoretimes.co.nz Contact Us Ph 489 4189 Fax 486 1950 Editorial email: Editor Peter Eley Chief Reporter Sales Manager Alan Barr Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 633 1958 Classifi eds Ph 525 2100 Fax 633 1969 81,298 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 12) Delivered each Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday to Albany, Beach Haven, Bayswater, Bayview, Belmont, Birkdale, Birkenhead, Brookfi eld, Browns Bay, Bushlands, Campbells Bay, Castor Bay, Chatswood, Chester Park, Devonport, Fairview Heights, Forrest Hill, Glenfi eld, Greenhithe, Hillcrest, Mairangi Bay, Meadowood, Milford, Murrays Bay, Northcote, Northcross, Oteha, Pinehill, Rothesay Bay, Schnapper Rock, Stanley Point, Sunnynook, Takapuna, Torbay, Unsworth Heights, Waiake, Wainoni, Westlake, Windsor Park. 1 Byron Ave, Takapuna. Offi ce Hours: 8.30am – 5pm P.O. Box 33235. Clever garden reaps results By LIZ WILLIS Most universities are concrete jungles but Massey’s Albany campus boasts a thriving community garden complete with ‘‘strawberry towers’’. Gardening on campus is helping beat stress and providing produce to cashstrapped students. The Massey University Community Garden Club hopes to boost membership this year after winning club of the year at the campus in 2013. It’s open to students and anyone in the community who wants to volunteer and enjoy fresh produce in return. They hope one day they will have enough organic produce to offer it free to struggling students, or those who just want healthier food. Vegetables growing in the garden include giant pumpkins, garlic, silverbeet, pak choi, beetroot and lettuce. There are also several strawberry towers created club president Daniel Burgess, an engineering student, who decided going up was the best way to grow them. Strawberries are growing in stormwater pipes with holes cut out and solidly anchored in concrete filled pots. Weighing abound 20kg each, they’re not going to topple in a hurry. Vice-president Liam Grif- fin’s biology expertise is also put to good use with his advice on what plants need to be healthy. Daniel says a lot of stu- dents don’t eat enough vegetables because of the cost and the garden is an antidote. Massey’s student associ- ation contributes up to 70 per cent of garden project costs and club members are great at sourcing other help. Daniel’s even tried using containers with leftover beer from the student bar’s drip tray to beat a slug problem. Pukekos are the garden’s biggest enemy and the beds are usually covered with wire mesh. ‘‘Pukekos don’t touch estab- lished plants but they pull out seedlings. They don’t eat them, they just pull them out.’’ Daniel says most of the club’s 10 core volunteers are migrants. Former president Benita Yovi’s homeland is tropical Indonesia and she says it’s so exciting to see how many plants thrive in New Zealand’s climate. ❚ Visit masseygarden.appspot.com for information. NEWS www.northshoretimes.co.nz In the pipeline: Benita Yovi and Daniel Burgess of the Massey University Community Garden Club admire their strawberry crop. Free cooking lessons offered AFTER 5PM OFFERS AT CONSTELLATION DRIVE Buy one main meal, get one FREE! MONDAY TUESDAY FREE KIDS’ MEAL with any main! WEDNESDAY Any main with a glass of wine or beer only $22! THURSDAY Pizza or pasta with garlic bread only $15! FRIDAY FREE TASTING PLATTER with every bottle of wine! SATURDAY for a table of 4 or more diners! 25% OFF YOUR BILL All mains HALF PRICE! SUNDAY Rosedale (Opposite Gilmours) Ph: 476 7477 Constellation Drive Conditions apply. See in store for details. *Aerial photograph WEDNESDAY 12th FEBRUARY - 7:30PM BRUCE MASON CENTRE MARINA VILLAGE INFORMATION EVENING BAYSWATER The New Zealand Nutrition Foundation is inviting older people into its kitchen for a free cooking and nutrition programme. The seven-week programme begins on February 18 with a series of three-hour cooking sessions designed for adults living alone or with one other person. All ingredients and recipes are provided. Each session begins with morning tea fol- lowed by preparing and cooking a wellbalanced meal to be shared by the group. Participants must be aged 65 years or older, be living alone or with one other person and able to stand in a kitchen for a couple of hours. ❚ Call Senior Chef coordinator Carol Wildermoth on 489 3417 or go to seniorchef.co.nz for more information.
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