An innovative vegetable garden programme in Marlborough that aims to get healthy, nutritious food into Pasifika homes was recently voted as people’s choice.
The Kimi Hauora Marlborough (PHO TRUST) vege-cation project, funded by Pasifika Futures Whānau Ora programme, is the winner of the People’s Choice Award and Best Presentation at the 2017 Nelson-Marlborough Health Quality Innovation Awards.
The vege-cation project, led by the Marlborough Primary Health Organisation, works with Pacific families in Blenheim and surrounding areas, offering programmes that benefit older people as well as encouraging families to eat healthy and grow their own vegetables.
Sana Daunauda, Pacific Health Development Manager says they are thrilled to be the winner of the People’s Choice Award.
“Our vege-cation project is all about families growing healthy food and preparing healthy meals and being active.”
“We are excited to be recognised and to be making a difference to the healthcare of our Pacific families,” he says.
“We’d also like to acknowledge Pasifika Futures for the continuous funding of our project to improve the health and wellbeing of our Pacific families and communities in Blenheim.”
“We are honoured and humbled by this award,” says Sana.
Vege-cation is about encouraging fanau to grow their own vegetables in their backyards. They are provided with the tools and the vegetables to make this happen and are supported by the Backyard Mentoring Programme.
Sana says the vege-cation project provides free vegetable seedlings in exchange for a foot-in-the-door to ‘talanoa’ (dialogue) and disseminate information concerning health and other services to targeted families.
The People’s Choice Award was chosen by the people attending the finalist presentations. It recognises the presentation that most powerfully communicates innovation, improvement and collaboration.