Te Puna Quarry Park
Te Puna Quarry Park is managed and is being developed by the Te Puna Quarry Park Society Incorporated. A Committee of 10 oversees progress, and plans the future development of the park. The Committee members are all hard working volunteers who bring various skills to the task of running the Park.
At the present time, the Te Puna Quarry Park Society Inc. has a membership of approximately 330 plus 40 supporting companies and organisations. Many members choose to support passively with their membership subscription alone and others are very generous with their donations. Every member and supporter receives the Society newsletter. (We hope you take the email option for this.)
Funding comes from donations collected by our donation boxes at the gate, Society membership, donations from members and others, and by applying for grants from local government and charitable funding organisations.
A dedicated band of helpers attend work sessions every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoons. They undertake the work of clearing, planting and weed control while enjoying the togetherness of a team project. The morning tea break is time for a rest and a chat and often a few laughs.
A group of volunteers gathers by the digger for a photo shoot..
WE ARE NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS!
In 2002, Te Puna Quarry Park's volunteers won the Trustpower NATIONAL Community Award.
In 2008, we won the Trustpower REGIONAL (Bay of Plenty) Community Award.
In 2012, we won the Heritage and Environment Category of the Trustpower Community Awards.
Winning and being acknowledged both regionally and nationally has been a great achievement and reward for our hard working the volunteers.
|happiness is ....
On any Tuesday morning when the sun is shining, and also when it's not, a diverse group of people, mostly senior citizens, leave their homes somewhere between Aongatete and Papamoa and drive to Te Puna Quarry Park. They take with them their enthusiasm and dedication, their skills and knowledge, their work boots and garden tools, and of course, their morning tea.
They look forwad to the working hours ahead, to the companionship of like minded people. For these men and women are the folunteers - working for the community, to realise a dream abnd for the joy of shasring the task with others.
They are not on any payroll. Their names are not on a list. They give all and expect nothing, but their reward is seeing the wasteland of a quarried hillside becoming a wonderful, beauitful wild garden of infinite variety, the place of ehir vision, a magical place. Their reward is in the faces of the children climbing over the digger, in the confident steps of walkers, the joggers running with their dogs, and the "well done" from a passing visitor.
No pay is needed to keep these workers happy. Happiness is .... working at Te Puna Quarry Park.
Volunteers get all the fun jobs!
Another group photo of past and present volunteeers.
A welcome morning tea break in the Pavilion shelter
Why not become
a friend of the quarry ?
The Society welcomes new Friends and should you wish to join us in supporting this project, the subscription rates are as follows:
TO BECOME A FRIEND -
Please print and complete the application form and forward with your cheque to -
The Society gratefully acknowledges the assistance of many businesses, organisations, groups and individuals. Some of these are:Ben Bax Contractors
Heritage Rose Society Iris Society
N.Z. Mountain Safety
Omokoroa Te Puna Lions Club
Palmers Garden Centre
Pleasant Point Garden Club
Rex McIntyre Tauranga Charitable Trust
Tauranga Environment Centre Tauranga Herb Society
Tauranga South Garden Club
Y.M.C.A Conservation Corps
and especially the Western Bay of Plenty District Council