Newsletter No. 233

March 2, 2023

Our School bakes for Cyclone affected schools

Friday March 3, 2.55 pm: Tāmariki at HVS are putting on a bake sale this Friday 3rd March at the school bottom court area from 2.55pm – all profits will go to one of the schools that has been badly affected by recent weather events in the Hawke’s Bay. So come along and grab some yummy baking. We also appreciate any extra baking from our extended community. We will have a koha box available for extra donations.

Koha Coffee

Sunday 4 March, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm: Come along to Koha Coffee at the Community Hall and catch up with friends and neighbours. The Seeds-to-Feeds planning group will be hosting, and finalising the plans for our community dinner the following Sunday.

Seeds to Feeds Haewai Harvest Dinner

Sunday, March 12, 5.30 – 8.30 pm: Come and join our local food celebration in our Community Hall. The meal will include locally grown and foraged ingredients as well as some from not far away. We have another wonderful plant based, gluten free menu for you, created by Leone and the Seeds-to-Feeds helpers, including:

  • Harvest vegetable flans;
  • Spicy millet and vegetable stew;
  • Our signature foraged salad;
  • Homemade preserves;
  • Quinoa and rhubarb crunch;
  • Pumpkin bread pudding;
  • Kawakawa tea
  • Non-alcoholic beverages infused with elderberries, elderflowers and lemons.

We can’t wait to share beautiful kai from our ngāhere and local mārakai with you! Please sign up soon so that we have a good idea of numbers leading up to the event. Bookings are koha based, with a recommended $20 for an adult and $10 for a child. Get your tickets here.

Water Play in the Bay

A few weeks ago, the playground in Houghton Valley was a happening place with a huge water slide, water activities and food to buy. Water was provided via a fire engine to get a heap of children and a few adults whizzing down the slope. It felt somewhat strange having a public event in this corner of the world, but it was certainly well attended and looked lots of fun!

Almost exactly a year ago, nature provided us with its own water slide in the same place, when the stream pipe blocked and the water overflowed, creating a wonderful boogie boarding ride for a few who didn’t mind going out in the rain.

Day in the Bay

On the same day at the Island Bay Day in the Bay, our local restoration group Te Ohu o Te Raekaihau held a stall to promote their work and raise awareness of invasive weeds in the area. There were other groups there for the same reason, and so as well as informing the public, connections were made so that the various groups could support each other in their endeavours to create healthy forest ecosystems along the South Coast.

Hall Working Bee and HVPA meeting

A great bunch of people came to the hall working bee and helped with cleaning the hall, trimming the grass, clearing back vegetation, removing rubbish found in the bush nearby and providing afternoon tea. Thanks for an awesome effort! There is still a bit more cleaning to do around the front of the building, which will be done shortly, but so far it has made an amazing difference.

The emergency preparedness discussion was as productive as it could be, given that the WREMO representative had been re-deployed to Napier. We highlighted the need for some basic planning to be done first to establish what the community hub can provide before running a scenario based workshop.