Organisation Overview

Our Vision

Inspiring community sustainability


Our Mission

The Waitaki Community Gardens’ goal is to create community spaces where life skills are shared across age, culture and gender. We are a team of volunteers and staff, committed to empowering local community members by teaching them sustainable life skills. These include  natural building, growing and cooking healthy food, simple ethics and self-sufficiency. We work within our 15 Points of Culture to ensure that everyone who connects with the Waitaki Community Gardens’ team, will benefit from and contribute towards building community resilience.


We  work in cooperation with other educational providers and community groups in the Waitaki District–from pre-school to tertiary education and beyond. We work directly with local youth in schools through our Kids Growing initiative–teaching life skills which include growing  & cooking food within the school environment. We continue to inspire ourselves, our volunteers, our students, and all those who connect with us as we strive to co create community spaces where everyone is inspired and supported to become resourceful and resilient.


Our programmes and services are of the highest quality and value. We seek feedback from our volunteers, students, and visitors to continually add value and improve our contributions to the community.


Waitaki Community Gardens’ clients, whether they be young or old, individuals or groups, engage with us for the provision of educational visits, courses, and workshops that will assist the achievement of  their goals, meeting their unit standards, and learning in an applied environment. The participants are willing to learn, grow, and collaborate as  team players in a connected community. We openly work with all types of clients regardless of their age, gender, culture, or history.


Our Point of Difference.

  • Sustainable community spaces FOR EVERYONE where life skills can be shared and learned in an applied environment.
  • Total transparency. We are OPEN to sharing our resources, programmes and knowledge. We believe that open source will enable community innovation and inspiration.
  • Collectively, our values create a culture based on kindness and respect, towards ourselves,others and the environment.


Our Values and Culture

When you engage the Waitaki Community Gardens to assist you with your learning, it is important to us that you are aware of the Values and Organisational Culture we bring to your table…

Commitment We give ourselves and our programmes 100% until we succeed. We are committed to the Vision, Mission, Culture and success of the Waitaki Community Gardens, its current and future team, and the community it serves at all times.

Accountability We are truly responsible for our actions and outcomes that take place in our work and our lives. We are accountable for our results and we know that for things to change, first we must change.

Integrity We always speak the truth. What we promise is what we deliver. We only ever make agreements with ourselves and others that we are willing and intend to keep. We address miscommunications at the first opportunity and we clear up all misunderstandings  immediately.

Excellence Good isn’t enough. We always deliver products and services of exceptional quality that add value to all involved for the long term. We look for ways to do more with less and stay on a path of constant and never ending improvement and innovation.

Communication We speak positively of our fellow team members, the community we serve and the Waitaki Community Gardens in both public and private. We speak with good purpose using empowering and positive conversation. We never use or listen to sarcasm or gossip. We acknowledge what is being said as true for the speaker at that moment and we take responsibility for responses to our communication. We greet and farewell people using their name. We always apologize for any upsets first and then look for a solution. We only discuss concerns in private with the person involved.

Open We are totally transparent and open to sharing our resources, programmes and knowledge. We believe that open source will enable community innovation and education.

Success We totally focus our thoughts, energy and attention on the successful outcome of whatever we are doing. We are willing to win and allow others to win: Win/Win/Win. At all times, we display our inner pride, prosperity, competence and personal confidence. We are successful people.

Education We learn from our mistakes. We consistently learn, grow and master so that we can help our fellow team members and clients learn, grow and master too. We are service providers and educators and allow our community and clients to make their own intelligent decisions about their future remembering that it is their future. We impart practical and applied knowledge rather than just theory.

Team Work We are team players and leaders. We do whatever it takes to stay together and achieve team goals. We focus on cooperation and always come to a resolution, not a compromise. We are flexible in our work and are able to change if what we are doing is not working. We ask for help when we need it and we are compassionate to others who ask us.

Balance We have a balanced approach to life, remembering that our spiritual, social, physical and family aspects are just as important as our financial and intellectual. We complete our work and our most important tasks first, so we can have quality time to ourselves, with our family and also to renew.

Fun We view life as a journey to be enjoyed and appreciated and we create an atmosphere of fun and happiness, so all around us enjoy it as well.

Systems We always look to the system for a solution. If a challenge arises we use a system correction before we look for a people correction. We use a system solution in our innovation rather than a people solution. We follow the system exactly until a new system is introduced. We suggest system improvements at the first opportunity. All systems and templates are documented in the Waitaki Community Gardens’ Operations Manual.

Consistency We are consistent in our actions, so our community and team members can feel comfortable in dealing with us at all times. We are disciplined in our work, so our results, growth and success are consistent.

Gratitude We are truly grateful people. We say thank you and show appreciation often and in many ways, so that all around us know how much we appreciate everything and everyone we have in our lives. We celebrate our wins and the wins of our community, clients, and team. We consistently catch ourselves and other people doing things right.

Abundance We are abundant people, we deserve our abundance and we are easily able to both give and receive it. We allow abundance in all areas of our lives by respecting our own self-worth and that of all others. We are rewarded to the level that we create abundance for others and we accept that abundance only shows up in our lives to the level at which we show up..