10 Oct
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Garden makeover creates refuge for new tenants

Published: 2016-10-10
Grow your own food

New tenants do some spring planting in preparation for the warmer growing months.

Using the land to grow your own food is a great way to save money and get to know a new place.

This is why L’Oréal chose to partner with Housing New Zealand and Refugees as Survivors NZ (RaSNZ) to create vegetable gardens for new tenants in Auckland.

Every year, cosmetics company L’Oréal holds a ‘Citizen Day’ event. All their employees are asked to contribute one day of volunteering to benefit the community.

This year L’Oréal New Zealand thought about the difficulties faced by families seeking refuge from war-stricken regions, so got in touch with Housing New Zealand and RaSNZ to organise a project to help them settle into their new life in New Zealand.

On 26 August the L’Oréal employees came together with refugee families in 10 Housing New Zealand homes to create garden beds and plant vegetables, with the help of Gardens4Health, a project run by the Diabetes Project Trust. Overall, 160 employees gathered to make this happen and they loved the experience, says Tanya Abbott from L’Oréal.