Tui Garden

Community Involvement

Tui is a trusted and friendly brand that supports many events and charities locally and around New Zealand. Being part of gardening celebrations, competitions and festivals is a great way to get involved with communities and also to educate and introduce people to the fun and rewarding world of gardening.

Below are some events and projects Tui has been part of.

Starship Friends Diamond & Stars Tea Party

This fundraiser was to support the rebuild of the Neuroservices and medical specialties wards at StarShip Childrens' Hospital in Auckland.

Tui donated $400 worth of Tui Products to be auctioned off at the party.

The event was a huge success and raised greatly needed money for essential medical equipment and supplies.

Family Garden soon to be incredibly edible!

Ronald McDonald House Auckland is a ‘home away from home’ for thousands of kiwi families who find themselves needing to travel to Auckland to receive specialist treatment for their sick child. In May 2010 the 48 room House was further enriched with the opening of a Family Garden - the result of a project begun in 2009 by students from Diocesan School for Girls.  Through support of the community and local businesses, $42,000 was fundraised to build the garden.

During a recent visit to the garden, landscape gardener Tony Murrell noticed that there were no edible plants for families to enjoy, something he was keen to help the House put right. Through Tony’s enthusiasm and the support of Tui Products and Incredible Edibles, it was.

For more information on the Ronald McDonald House click here

The Waipuna Hospice 2011 Fundraising Calendar

This edition features members of the Waipuna Hospice Board in quirky scenes that showcase the gorgeous fundraising rose and the beautiful rose gardens.  Produced in high quality finish the calendar is colourful and includes monthly rose care advice.

The calendar is made possible by various local businesses (including Tui) sponsoring a page.

For more information please visit www.waipuna-hospice.co.nz

Garden to Table Programme

Garden To Table is a curriculum integrated programme that teaches school children (aged 7-10) with enjoyable education about food, horticulture and their natural environment –primarily to positively influence their food choices.

To enable more schools to be part of the programme a fundraising Gala Dinner was held.

Tui donated a $500 Tui Garden Pack to be auctioned off at this event. These giveaways along with other donated items (including a garden consoltation with Tony Murrell) were sold to guests so on the night and will be given to our schools for them to use - bags of compost, gardening tools, seeds etc.

Due to the success of this event more schools around New Zealand will be able to learn about and get involved in gardening.

Water Efficiency Promotion

Tauranga City Council provide a free education and advice service called Waterline. This aims to educate residents on how to lower their water bills, help prevent sewage spills and help keep our waterways clean.

One of the means of doing this is free home water efficiency checks. After achieving a water effienct home residents went in the draw to win one of five Tui Products packs containing Tui Mulch & Feed 40L, Debco Saturaid Granular Soil Wetter 2.5L and Tui Pea Straw Pelletised Mulch 10kg.

Contact your local council for more information on local water efficiency programs.

Christchurch Earthquake Recovery

Since the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, many people living outside the area feel helpless, however wish to support the thousands that are affected.

Following a staff initiative within Tui Garden Products Ltd 97% of staff volunteered to forego one day's holiday and that equivalent day's pay will be sent to the Christchurch Mayoral Fund. On top of this, Tui will match a dollar for every dollar donated.

Tui have 65 staff so it is a reasonable donation.

Tui Garden Products challenged friends and business partners to give this initiative consideration. If every New Zealander gave the equivalent of one day’s pay the sum would be substantial.

The Kitchen & Garden Show LIVE

Tui was a major sponsor for The Kitchen & Garden Show with Tony Murrell and Helen Jackson.  The event was held on 24th March 2011 at Mitre 10 Mega in Petone.  The event was an initiative by the Hutt Valley Rotary Club to raise funds for The Gillies McIndoe Research Institute and child and youth projects carried out by the Rotary Club.  The event was a huge success as over $10000 was raised for the various charities.

A valuable experience at Tui Products

LINKZ magazine showcase Tui's Palmerston North branch in issue 48, 2011

 

The Palmerston North division of Tui Products is relatively new to the practice of employing migrant staff.  It was a chance encounter at a social event two years ago that connected Tui's management with a Manawatu Multiculturual Centre's representative.

 

Tui Products Site Manager Sheryl Morris (pictured left) says a casual conversation about the company's need for workers with the local Ministry of Social Development's Migrant Employment Facilitator Axel De Maupeou d'Ableiges has "started something special".  Since forming their relationship with Axel two years ago, Tui has employed nine migrants from countries as diverse as South Africa, Bhutan and the Philippines.

Footsteps 'make a wish' come true

Footsteps is an early chilhood home based early learning program with over 1000 children aged from birth to 5 years.  Footsteps aims to enrich learning of young children through developing intrests in healthy activities.  Tui Garden Products donated Tui Seed Raising Mix and Tui Flower Power growing mix to the end of year prizes given to children.  This donation aimed to inspire their learning and understanding of gardening and their environment.