We offer encouragement, advice and resources to individuals and communities to support them to create beautiful environments in which to live. We want to help you to make a difference in your own neighbourhood.
With that in mind we created Living Neighbourhoods.
A Living Neighbourhood is a place where people actively care about each other and their environment. Everyone who lives there can contribute in many different ways. Activities that communities undertake are unique and may include; encouraging birds into the garden, improving pedestrian safety, tackling crime, hosting a social event, or improving the health of the local environment by weeding or planting.
Our motto is “people healing nature healing people” and we believe that a healthy relationship between nature and communities is essential to community and ecological wellbeing.
We work with communities all over Auckland. Click here to find out more about what we do.
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Gecko is proud to be collaborating with Curious Kaipatiki. We’re seeking curious youth to help us explore Kaipātiki using science and filmmaking next summer. Read more on the Curious Kaipatiki Website
The Sustainable Neighbourhoods programme ran from 2015-2016.
- 7960 kg of weeds removed
- 3020 plants planted on private and public land
- 19 working bees held
- Over 6,000 native trees planted in Blackridge Road, Dairy Flat in August (with funding from Project Crimson)
- 13 workshops held on topics such as: native plant propagation, rongoā (traditional Māori medicine), pest control, stream care planting and urban landscaping for biodiversity
- Over 100 adults and children attended a guided nightwalk through Eaves Bush at Hatfields Beach in June
- South Titirangi Network grew from 5 streets to 12
- We consulted with 23 landowners in the Hibiscus and Bays area and provided them with action plans. The most common action taken afterwards was pest control (59%)