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A SMARTER approach to food shopping
could help Kiwi families save hundreds of dol-
lars every year.
Food waste is a substantial issue in New
Zealand with the average family throwing three
full shopping trolleys of uneaten food into the
bin each year.
For some households that’s more than $560 of
food going to waste.
‘Love Food Hate Waste’ is a new website
launched yesterday to help people reduce the
amount of food that they throw out, and in doing
so, save money and the environment.
Reducing food waste sounds easy, but busy
lifestyles mean food can get lost at the back of
the fridge and it can be hard to resist temptation
in the supermarket.
Waitomo District Council (WDC) is one of 59
councils collaborating to deliver the ‘Love Food
Hate Waste’ message nationwide.
When it comes to surplus food waste, WDC
aims to inform people of the benefits not only to
the environment but also how it can make their
money go further.
“Having a meal plan and a shopping list are two
easy ways to keep on track at the supermarket,”
says asset group manager Kobus du Toit.
“If you see a deal for ‘buy two and get one free’,
have a plan for how you will use it up.
“It’s not a bargain if it is going to go to waste.”
Mr du Toit says the council will be promoting
“this important initiative” on its website, Face-
book page and through the council’s newsletter
The ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website features
helpful tips, storage guides and recipes from
Annabel Langbein, Alyson Gofton and Dr Libby
For more information, visit the website - love-
PLANNING meals and having a shopping
list are two ways to keep on track at the
key to stop waste
THE intense aroma of 150 scented rose bushes
wafting from the delivery van was a stand-out
moment for the Otorohanga gardener just re-
turned from working at London’s prestigious
Chelsea Flower Show.
Tidy Gardens’ owner Katrina Christison was
part of the planting team that created the ‘Chelsea
Barracks’ gold medal-winning “big show garden”
by British designer Jo Thompson (Waitomo News,
The show attracted more than 40,000 visitors
“As a member of our plant team I was on duty
identifying plants for visitors and answering
questions,” says Ms Christison.
“Our entry attracted a lot of attention because
it had a lawn, which is a bit of a no-no at Chelsea,
but people loved it because it looked like a real
garden and they connected with it.”
Commenting on the show’s trending styles,
she says: “Bring back the flowers – they were a
big hit with designers this year.
“Local gardeners need to search for special-
ist nurseries that still grow old-time English
“Our native species are wonderful, but the
colours and aromas of busy flowering cottage gar-
den perennials are trending high at the moment.
“And for good reason . . . flowers make every-
one happy and our bees need them.”
The garden’s design, inspired by the heritage
of the Chelsea army barracks, featured roses
interplanted with perennials and a curved lawn.
A bronze sculpture paid tribute to the barracks’
former war veteran residents and a sculpted stone
tidal rill represented the lost River Westbourne
which, at one time, flowed below the barracks.
With her feet back on the ground in her own
“dishevelled” garden – she has just moved house
– Ms Christison is enjoying the special memories
from her third Chelsea adventure.
“Something I really treasure is the thank you
card I received from Jo which reads: ‘The Chelsea
Barracks garden is your garden. I couldn’t do it
without you. You are a wonderful person who I’ve
depended on massively during this show. You are
totally amazing. You are gold.’
“It made me cry,” says Ms Christison.
Flowers a big hit with designers
FROM the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show (clockwise from top): Gold medal-winning team member
Nina Baxter (left), designer Jo Thompson and Otorohanga’s Katrina Christison; the serene
Chelsea Barracks Garden; former Otorohanga resident Joanna Exley (left) and Katrina make
finishing touches to a rose bed. PHOTOS SUPPLIED
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