A local business owner and a staff member at NZ Police have been instrumental in giving the Rānui community more fruit trees. 

Sergeant Keki Wilson who is actively involved in the Ranui community and James Flynn, the owner of Coverstaff Ltd. have organised 42 fruit trees to be provided to Ranui and Birdwood primary schools. The schools were supplied a mix of Feijoa, Mandarin and Apple trees, as well as the stakes, compost and fertilizer. 

Healthy Families Waitakere Activator Jayshree Ramesh-Sukha approached Sergeant Keki Wilson for ideas on getting more fruit trees into the Ranui community.

The overall goal of this project is for children to learn how to plant, care for, and eventually harvest fruit in their own environment. Members of the Coverstaff team, Ranui Neighbourhood Policing team, parents and our team helped to plant on the day. The planting day and time was chosen from Maramataka – the Māori Lunar Calendar.