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Fruit trees for Auckland : 2013

August 19th, 2013

A BIG thank you to the Central LeaderElement magazineGreen Ideas NZAuckland City Harbour NewsPonsonby News for their support to plant fruit trees for Auckland. Also to the Auckland Council,New Zealand Lottery Grants BoardThe Baxter Initiative – Claire Baxter, Avondale Massage Therapy & Natural Health and a generous selection of local businesses and individuals for their financial contribution. We now have 374 people, schools, early childhood centres, community groups and individuals planting fruit trees for Auckland in August this year. This is nearly twice as many people as we had last year and we are looking forward to providing more free fruit for many years to come.

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Fruit trees for Auckland

April 3rd, 2013

We would like to thank the New Zealand Lottery Board for their kind donation of $10,000.00 towards our project to plant 1000 trees with local schools and community groups Auckland wide. We are now hoping that we will receive additional support from other funding applications we submitted. Please register on our website if you would like trees:

Free fruit trees for your schools or early childhood centre:

Free fruit trees for community groups to plant in their local park:

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Fruit trees for Auckland – register now for free fruit trees in 2013

December 14th, 2012

A BIG thank you to Claire Baxter and the students from the Baxter School of Dance. 120 children delivered a stunning performance to raise funds for our project to plant Fruit Trees for Auckland. Parents and children that would like a free fruit tree, help to plant fruit trees or make a donation towards our project please go to our Fruit trees for Auckland website.

This was a great way to finish the year here in the Village. You can see more pictures on the Village Centres Facebook page.

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Children’s dance performance to raise funds for fruit trees for Auckland – this Friday 14.12.2012 at the Mt Eden Village Centre

December 12th, 2012

Here is our Final Detail for this coming Fridays Showcase Fundraiser event.

This is an end of year Showcase with a difference! It’s a showcase and a community fundraiser organized by the wonderful Claire Baxter from the Baxter School of Dance.

ALL PROFITS from this showcase go to Fruit Trees for Auckland.


The Mt Eden Village Centre (Methodist church building)
449 Mt Eden Rd: cnr Mt Eden Road & Ngauruhoe St : Mt Eden

At 6.30pm we are performing a few outdoor performances including an outdoor Flash Mob with all dancers! Audiences should be seated at by 6.20pm at Circus Circus, De Post or The Eden Cloakroom for viewing. Then audiences will be invited into the Mt Eden Village Centre for a 7pm showcase start.

Interval: There will be two 40 minute halves with a sausage sizzle at half time – Bring loose change – $2 per sausage.


$20 Adult $10 School age - Selling FAST! Don’t miss outTo pre-order tickets, send an email to:

You can pick up tickets from the door on the night. No guaranteed door sales as we may sell out.

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Baxter School of Dance: Dancing for community fruit trees for Auckland 14.12.2012 @6pm the Mt Eden Village Centre and flash mob in the village!

November 11th, 2012

The fruit tree mob is in the village! The Baxter School of Dance have prepared a stunning performance with children from local schools to raise funds to plant community fruit trees for Auckland with us.
The Baxter School of Dance kindly supports our Fruit Trees for Auckland project by donating funds raised from ticket sales. Their focus is to support performance, people and the community.
Collaborating with the Mount Eden Village People allows the student body to achieve their goal of community interaction for 2012. Get your kids active with local community performance.
Trees will be allocated to schools that have registered on our website Planting will be in July 2013.

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Community fruit trees for Auckland

August 7th, 2012

We had a wonderful day planting community fruit trees on Sunday. Around 50 people joined our community fruit tree planting day in Mt Eden including our guest of honour – the wonderful Te Radar and his team from Jam TV who were supporting our vision of fruit trees for Auckland.

Thank you to everyone’s contribution, we planted 20 trees in 45 minutes – could be a gold medal if we had fruit tree planting as an Olympic sport. This will be a yearly event in our community and we are now raising funds for the planting in 2013.

Thank you to our local shops and businesses for donating the trees, to David and Ellen for the hand crafted stakes, Antony for the beautiful compost and Tree Total for the free mulch. And thanks  to the weather gods for a sunny day.

If you want to register for a free fruit tree in 2013 please go to

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Community fruit tree planting day Mt Eden Village: 5 August 2012

July 16th, 2012

We are organising a community fruit tree planting day on Sunday 5 August, at 1 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet likeminded people, learn how to plant a fruit tree, and help to provide free fruit trees for Aucklanders.

Meet at 1pm at the end of Poronui Stree Road. Please wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing, and bring gardening gloves
and a spade. Please let us know if you’re coming: Contact Judith Holtebrinck:

Home made “Linzer Torte “will be available for all helpers. This is a family event so please bring your children your children’s friends, parents and
grant parents along. The fruit tree are getting planted next to the playground at the end of Poronui street.

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Fruit trees for Auckland: Project updates

July 9th, 2012

Based on a trial project funded by the old Albert Eden Board in 2008, where we received funding for our project to plant community fruit trees with council in parks and reserves and on grass verges, community groups can now plant fruit trees in council appointed local parks and reserves.

Our vision for this year was to hand out 1000 fruit trees for Auckland. We are pleased that with the support from the New Zealand Lottery Board, local shops and donations made on our website we can now provide 600 fruit trees. This is where the trees go will:

500-550 Fruit trees for schools and kindergartens and individuals:
Schools, kindergartens and individuals who registered on our website and have been notified by us can pick up their free fruit trees on Sunday 29 of July from 1-3.30 pm at the Mt Eden Village centre.

30-50 Fruit trees for Auckland’s Transition Town groups:
Over the year we have been closely working with other Transition Town groups to make our communities more sustainable. Having free, fresh food growing in our city is part of the vision to support communities in the future and we are therefore happy to supply Grey Lynn 2030, Grow Sandringham, TT Kingsland, TT Pt Chev and TT Devonport with fruit trees for their local parks. Thank you for everyone’s support and patience on this project, we are very excited to get started and plant fruit trees together.

30 Fruit trees for Mt Eden village
We collected enough funds from our local shops to buy 30 community fruit trees that will be planted in parks and reserves close to the village with help from council arborists. Planting day is Sunday 08.08.2012 at 1pm. Home baked Linzer torte will be provided for fruit tree planters on the day. If you are free to join us please contact us.

A big thank you to our local shops and businesses for the trees:
ASB Bank Mt Eden, Chapter Tea Room, Civic Video, Eden Food, Essential Deli, Eden Garden Retirement Village, Hospice Shop Mt Eden, Jam TV, Move to Improve, Mt Eden Bakery, Mt Eden Picture Framer, Mt Eden Health and Beauty, Pomegranate, Ray White Mt Eden, Roses

and to supporters that made a donation on our fruit tree website:

Grey Lynn 2030, Hamish Stewart Catering, Post Haste Couriers, Move to Improve – Feldenkrais practice,, Pallet Lock Ltd, Gideon Geldenhuys.

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December newsletter

December 24th, 2011

Dear all,

This is definitely a last minute newsletter and one more proof that it has been a busy and successful year for the Mt Village People and now it is timer to look back.

First of all we would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who is part of our network and supporting our vision of zero waste and a sustainable Mt Eden. We also would like to thank the New Zealand Lottery Board for their funding this year. In addition our local board has kindly supported our projects by funding 5 Hungry Bins for our local shops and 5 beehives for Mt Eden.

On behalf of our group the MEVP, we wish you a wonderful Christmas with your friends, neighbours and family and all the best for 2012

Judith Holtebrinck

Please find below a brief list of achievements in 2011 in the village:

  • Frasers Café changed to free range eggs
  • The Essential Deli has stated their commitment to  free range happy and healthy animals and New Zealand made products in big letters on their window.
  • City cake reported that they use free range eggs for their cakes
  • Chapter tearoom offers fair trade and organic tea
  • The village wine shop is selling 12 free ranged eggs for $6.00
  • We are now recycling 100 x 10 litre buckets of coffee grains each month
  • We are collecting one bucket per month of used household batteries from Civic Video
  • Pig farmers collect food waste from Frasers and KC Loo.
  • The Mt Eden Community garden has 6 more garden beds
  • The Mt Eden butcher has a new owner who offers free range meat
  • We planted a mandarine tree in front of the Mt Eden Village centre
  • We donated 100 fruit trees to schools and kindergartens in July this year and are working on giving 1000 fruit trees to Auckland next year.
  • Our sustainability workshops for 2012 are now listed on our website
  • Since 13.12.2011, Maungawhau Mt Eden is bus free!
  • We raised $470.00 for our project to plant fruit trees at our annual community celebration at the Mt Eden Community garden.
  • We have observed more people in our community planting fruit trees on their grass verges.

Things we are working on and looking forward to in 2012:

A new local recycling station: We will offer the recycling of soft plastic in one of our local shops.

We are working on a submission for the Auckland waste plan, supporting community based recycling versus handing our waste over to the big players who send it to landfill.

We are looking forward to setting up our new Hungry Bins at our local shops

We are busy raising money and collecting fruit tree planting locations on our website:, our vision is to have 1000 community fruit trees for Auckland by July 2012.

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July: Sunday 28.07.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Fruit tree pruning

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours,

Location:  Mt Eden Village
Contribution: $20.00

Tutor: Ken Clark
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

What to expect:
Kens workshops are designed to show you how easy it is to feed your family with a maximum food production on minimum space. Ken keeps his trees small as he lives on a small section. Keeping his trees small makes it easier to reach the fruit and leaves space for more trees.

In this workshop you will learn how to prune and maintain your fruit trees to get maximum food production.  When is the best time to prune and how to do it so the tree does not get damaged. This is a practical, hands on workshop with a simple how to do it yourself handout.

About Ken Clark:
Ken has been gardening all his life with the main focus on food production. He grew up on a farm and back then you relied on your own garden to get your dinner on the table. When Ken was 12 his parents divorced and he had to take over all the major digging in the garden and his mum did the planting.

He now lives on Waiheke on a 850 m section and produces food in abundancy to feed himself and his wife. The beauty of Kens food garden is that he has a wide variety of different fruit and vegetables for the entire year.

The benefit of having your own vegetables and fruit trees in your garden are simple:
You know where your food comes from and you don’t spend money on oil to get the food from wherever into your kitchen.

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