Friends of the Farm – a community group
About Us – Welcome to Māngere Bridge!
Māngere Bridge is a vibrant diverse and busy community.
There are various ways people can connect to what is happening in our community, such as through Facebook pages, the community notice board, our wonderful library, face-to-face, and posters in shop windows. However there is not one place where we can go to find out all that is on offer.
Friends of the Farm have developed a website “It’s all about Māngere Bridge,” and we are delighted to officially launch it to our community. We invite you to participate in its ongoing development to make it a successful tool for us all.
One of the key functions of this website is to connect people to our place and what is happening within. We would love people to share their stories, and tell us about their events, sports clubs, local groups, activities, classes, opportunities, and even promote a local business.
We have also developed an events calendar, where locals can add local events, hui (meetings), classes, important dates, sports club registrations- any event you would like the community to participate in or know about. The best part is you can enter it yourself into the events calendar. It is simple and straightforward. Photos, pdf’s and images plus all the detail you need to give our community the necessary information can be easily added by completing a form within the events calendar on the website. Please give it a go, and we are ready to help if needed.
We look forward to hearing from you and your feedback, so we can work together to make this an incredible asset where we and visitors to “the Bridge” can see all that is on offer
Check it out at aboutmangerebridge.nz
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa
Let us keep close together, not wide apart
This whakatauki speaks to the importance of keeping connected, of maintaining relationships and dialogue so that we can keep moving forward together.
Meet the Friends of the Farm
Kiaora, my name is Janine, I have been a ranger at Ambury and co chair of Friends of the Farm (FOF). 10 years ago we saw a great opportunity to build a local community group that cared about our environment, and here we still are 😊
Jane is a health and safety consultant and trainer, and has lived in Māngere Bridge for 20 years. As co-chair of FOF, Jane values the grass roots work the group does. Jane has been involved in the Tote All Recall Bags initiative, assisting Mangere Bridge Library become a recycling hub, and FOF led community events.
From bike power to bokashi and audits to orchards, as a founding member of Friends of the Farm, I’ve been helping the Māngere Bridge community since 2012 to have fun while becoming more wastewise. It ties in nicely with my job as an educator at Ambury and speaks to my heart.
Rachel is a spiritual director and young-adults-mentor who loves recycling and helping our community become waste-wise for the care of creation. She is a Māngere Bridge resident of 12 years and active in her local church, St. James Māngere Bridge. She loves to swap ideas with others of how to make “home” a place of creatively reducing waste with her three primary school age children.
We moved to Māngere Bridge in 2016 and love living here. The farm, space, foreshore, seabirds village community and maunga are all so special. I’m happy to do all I can to reduce and recycle waste and protect this lovely environment for us and future generations.
In 2021 Carolyn attended a composting course and was horrified about Auckland’s waste statistics. Having always been passionate about zero waste, she joined Friends of the Farm and jumped straight in! With their support and encouragement, she delivered Māngere Bridge’s first Repair Café. She is now the Waste Minimisation Specialist at the Beautification Trust.
Buying my first home in 2014 brought me to Māngere Bridge, joining FOF in 2021. I love the outdoors and am very passionate about protecting these special spaces for ourselves and generations to come. Reducing, recycling and collecting waste which has escaped is how I try to preserve Papatūānuku 😊