News Archive : December 2013

Growing a garden for a community
December 12, 2013

In today’s age of processed food and excess packaging, people are losing sight of where food really comes from.

Ask a child where the content of their lunchbox originated and they may well respond “the supermarket”.

It’s something the Taunton Terrace Community Garden aims to change with the help of the Harcourts Foundation.

The Taunton Terrace Community Garden teaches people how to grow their own fresh seasonal food in a vibrant community garden and orchard near Blockhouse Bay Beach.

The Harcourts Foundation has granted $2000 to purchase water tanks and equipment for the project.

Garden coordinator Olwyn Gillespie says it is quite shocking how many children are unable to identify different types of fruits and vegetables because they are only exposed to packaged, processed food.

The community garden allows people to gain hands-on experience and a better understanding of how to grow organic, whole foods.

Harcourts Blue Fern owner Phil …

An early Christmas present for Blockhouse Bay families
December 12, 2013

Educational play is hugely important for a child’s development.

And the Harcourts Foundation is making it easier for the children of Blockhouse Bay with two community grants.

The West Auckland Toy Library received a donation of $2567 for the purchase of new educational games.

Coordinator October Conway says approximately 300 families and 1000 children regularly borrow toys from the library, all of which encourage positive family interaction.

“Fundraising is an ongoing struggle, so this grant from the Harcourts Foundation is so appreciated,” says October.

Glendene Playcentre also received a grant of $2000 to replace electronic equipment, and buy a child-friendly digital camera.

Playcentre secretary Gemma Scott says their aim is to empower adults and children to work, play, learn and grow together.

“We do get some government funding, but it’s not enough to buy the extras which make such a difference to the kids’ experience at playcentre. We are thrilled …

Keeping two of our busiest beaches safe
December 8, 2013

As two of New Zealand’s most beautiful beach destinations, Orewa and Wenderholm are favoured all year round by families, young and old.

Keeping them safe is the job of the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, with 130 patrolling surf lifesavers and 1200 club members doing their part.

Each year they rescue 30 people from the surf and perform more first aid than any other club in the country.

And helping them to do it is the Harcourts Foundation, with a recent grant of $6,500 for two new surf lifesaving towers to be built at each beach.

Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club captain Mark McCarthny says the beaches are perceived to be safe and family friendly, and this is mostly true, however with tens of thousands of people visiting every year there are near misses and the amount of first aid they are required to perform is unparalleled.

The towers will allow the …

The heart of a community
December 8, 2013


With few other community facilities around, Mangawhai Beach School is the local heart.

It’s the centre for socialising and community activities, and now, thanks to a grant from the Harcourts Foundation, it will serve as a movie night venue.

A donation of $2,000 has been given to purchase a projector to show outdoor movies during the warmer months.

Principal Aaron Kemp says Mangawhai is quite isolated and it will be a real addition to the community to be able to meet together for movie and picnic nights.

It will also be a way for the school to raise further money for the purchase of equipment and other necessities.

“We are really thrilled with this donation and, in a small town like ours, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you to the Harcourts team.”

Nick Langdon and Colin Hair, of Harcourts Tandem Realty, own the nearby real estate office and are …