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What might happen if we tried to make a park together?

What might happen if we tried to make a park together?

We are making a park/garden behind MAC and we invite anyone interested to join in. This is your chance to contribute to the resident-led development of a new public space in our community.

We are restoring pathways to connect with our local community, working with artists and local groups to draw out new possibilities, and collaborating with For The Love of Bees to develop a centre for regenerative learning.

If you have an interest in how this public space looks and feels please join in.

Let’s make a gift to our neighbourhood and the future.

• Volunteer your special skills and time (anything! growing, cooking, building, fixing, climbing, etc...)

• Join in free events and workshops with local and international artists.

• Let us know if you have an idea you want to try out.

• Please read a draft discussion document on the park/garden HERE made by some local artists who have an interest in this public space (or see the condensed idea presentation HERE ) . Talk to Chris (contact below) to add your own ideas.



Please contact Chris Berthelsen: 0220 473 281 or

Pasture Painting with For the Love of Bees

Landscape Design with Wairau Valley Special School

We are interested and excited to have started working and playing with a group of landscape designers and workers from Wairau Valley Special School Transition Centre.

We are looking forward to seeing what bubbles up, and accompanying them on this project.

We are interested in what we can learn, together, from our sensory experiences of the site and how that can inform the design of the space and the programme of activities that might go with it - "noticing" and "amplifying".

We would like to make visible the ways we take pleasure in the site so that others can also understand and enjoy.

Upcoming Free Activities: We meet every Monday 10:30-12 during term time for an Open Working Bee. Email Chris ( if you are interested in joining in.

Soft Public Furnitures

Let's experiment with ever-changing, always-mendable public furniture, made from stuff "around here" (images show soft shelters from previous projects at and around MAC).

Mairangi Kitchen and Scent Lab

Let's connect MAC, the park, private and public spaces, and the wider community through the creative activities of cooking, feasting and foraging!

Local food creative Tracey Sunderland is leading us on a wild and delicious adventure and we are learning about essential oils and scent with Carine.

Public foraging walks, open and free workshops, paid cooking classes and feasts, collaborative experimentation, and the creation of a communal pantry stocked with ANYthing we make from stuff "around here".

Facebook Photo Albums: Citrus Working Bee (July 10, 2019)

Recent Free Activities: Seed Swap Meet; Foraged Weed Pesto, Wild Garlic Jam and the Secrets of Sourdough; Lavender Overload.

Weeds Restaurant

In our Weeds Restaurant we enjoy delicious treats made with all kinds of plants that are already living in our garden and in parks and other places all around us.

Facebook Photo Albums: Meeting 1 (Aug 13)

Weeds Restaurant Scrapbook, an in-progress document of our activity: HERE

Pasture Painting

We are making a Pasture Painting with For the Love of Bees, Northcross Intermediate School students, Rangitoto College students, and anyone else who wants to come along!

Upcoming Free Activities: We are meeting in the last couple of weeks of Term 1 for the next step. Email Chris ( if you are interested in joining in.

Supported by Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. Support of and collaboration with The Tipping Point resource centre greatly appreciated!