(Noun: To blossom or come to fruition) “Poipoia te kakano, kia puawai - Nurture the seed and it will blossom”

Delight your senses with the sights, sounds and tastes of Horowhenua. We’ve listed our five favourite ways to spend summer days in the district and share details on an exciting new facility that opened this December. 

In this Puāwai we explore ways to reduce waste and embrace sustainability. There are some especially environmentally friendly and community spirited volunteers at the Levin Repair Café. We stopped by to see the good they are doing in the community and how they are saving hundreds of kilograms of items going to landfill. 

As the saying goes ‘charity begins at home’; Gardening with Simon shares tips on how to conserve water in your backyard and offers some suggestions on what to plant while the summer sun shines. 

Summer is the best time for BBQs and shared meals with loved ones. Maybe you’re planning a picnic or a banquet for your best friends, have some fresh fish caught from one of our beaches, or have an abundance of vegetables thanks to previous Gardening with Simon articles? Our Local History Team Lead looks into food sustainability tips shared years ago that are still relevant today, and our friends from Love Food, Hate Waste share one of their favourite recipes to use Christmas leftovers. 

Whether you’re travelling in or out of the district, Sergeant Bernie O’Brien also shares some reminders to keep yourself safe on the road. 

Have a stunning summer Horowhenua.