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Our Goals

We are Golden Bay’s community-based and community-centred garden dedicated to growing organic produce and supporting a range of programmes for organic and sustainable gardening practices in Golden Bay.  We are the second oldest organic community garden in New Zealand, after Kelmana Gardens in Auckland.


Our goals are to:

  • Provide educational opportunities for the public and other institutions in organic, permaculture, nature-based and sustainable living.


  • Provide land managed organically for demonstration, allotment rentals and employment opportunities, including a community stall for produce sales, seed saving space, community orchard, woodlot, and reforestation.


  • Provide facilities for community use for creative, recreational and private pursuits.

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Sol Morgan

Gardens Manager/Chair

Avid organic gardener, edible landscaper, seed saver and community garden advocate with over thirty years experience. Sol is passionate about sharing his knowledge and inspiring people of all ages to live in a more sustainable way.

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Murray Rogers


Murray Rogers has been a trustee of Te Wharerangi  Trust for over 20 years and contributed to the formation of Golden Bay Organics, a retail shop selling organic products, working there since its inception in 1999. He has been a stalwart upholder of GB HANDS, Golden Bay's own alternative complementary currency. 

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Elliot Cleland

Gardens Manager

Hailing for the UK, Elliot joined the Centre as Gardens Manager bringing ideas for great new projects like The Seedling Club, compost tea and large scale food growing.

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Zahra Lightway M.Ed

Education Director

Zahra manages the development of the SLC working with our team of trustees and staff to create the best possible outcomes for students. 

Her background is in education and curriculum design.  

Alesha Hobbs

Financial Administrator

Alesha has been working with us since mid 2020. She has experience working with small businesses and NGO's  and loves to work with organisations that are doing good work for the people and the planet. 

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Sukie Conley


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Martine Baanvinger

Community Engagement

I'm very passionate about connecting communities to enhance our overall sustainability on this planet. The SLC offers so much knowledge, innovation and a place for people to share and learn. I'm always on the lookout for new initiatives in line with the kaupapa of the SLC, so contact me if you're keen to share your ideas.

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Sunshine Appleby


Hugely respected community member and supporter of the Centre, Sunshine is well-loved and appreciated for all she does.

John Massey


John has been involved with the Community Gardens almost since its inception in1985, and continues as a trustee.  Over that time he has been always a gardener, always has had a deep interest in nature, the earth , all plants and the relationship between earth, plants and humans.  He has been the co-ordinator/manager of the Gardens. Also a grower of herbs and the more unusual vegetables as well as growing and marketing salad greens before such a thing was established as a mainstream food item. His main interest is in deepening an awareness of all plants and yes, life itself and sharing that awareness gained with others.


Our Team

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