Hohepa Wellington is building two new sheds in partnership with Kāpiti Rotary Club and the Nikau Foundation.
Hohepa Wellington, a residential community for adults with intellectual disabilities, was founded in 2013 on two hectares of land in Otaihanga, Kāpiti Coast. Hohepa’s vision is to provide housing for up to 40 residents on the site, with appropriate infrastructure to support the participation of community members in a variety of recreational, social and physical activities.
Residents will be utilising one of the new sheds for firewood and storage, and the other to store garden tools and equipment. Gardening is a part of daily life in the community. Hohepa residents grow organic vegetables and herbs in their kitchen garden, and another larger garden is currently under development.
Hohepa’s Community Manager, Heide Alexander, views the new garden shed as part of a larger way of building connections with the wider community. “This shed brings more opportunities for us to get out and interact with other people in the area” she says. Other sister organisations and service providers have already expressed interest in gardening at Hohepa, having the infrastructure to support these new ventures is essential.
Funding for the new sheds came from the Kāpiti Rotary Club as well as the Kāpiti Community Enterprises Fund, which was set up by Rod and Carol Lingard to provide opportunities for people with mental health and developmental disabilities to have training for future employment and opportunities for community integration. Administration for the Kāpiti Community Enterprises Fund was handed over to Nikau Foundation in 2014, for the distribution of invested funds to be available to the Kāpiti community in perpetuity.