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One theme of the recent Ranui Matariki Business Breakfast hosted by Ranui Action Project and Ranui Library was sustainability and caring for Papatuānuku/the land.

Workplaces can play a role in reducing the amount of organic waste into landfill by composting. Our Healthy Families Waitakere Activators Jayshree Ramesh-Sukha and Tony Lafotanoa partnered with Compost Collective to bring composting to workplaces at the event. 

Businesses could put their name in a draw to win an up-cycled compost bin – kindly donated by Compost Collective. We are pleased that Ranui Community Library are the winners of the draw and now connected with Compost Collective to look at the possibility of composting at work.

Healthy Families Waitakere Activator Michele Eickstaedt also presented on her work supporting Ranui Primary School to create healthier snack packs. 

Industrial businesses are winners in workplace wellness

Industrial businesses are winners in workplace wellness

Nine West Auckland businesses took part in a six week challenge launched by Healthy Families Waitakere to acknowledge workplaces that encourage, support and promote healthy food, physical activity, alcohol reduction, and smokefree environments.

Manufacturer Regal Beloit in Avondale received recognition for starting a walking challenge and planting fruit trees on site. General Manager David Priestley says that supporting each other to eat more healthy food is a great start, “We have started with the planting of some fruit trees on site and there is enthusiasm in the team to start a vegetable garden in the spring and enjoy growing and eating healthy food together,” says Mr Priestley.

Staff from Decrastrip, a sign and graphic business were also motivated to increase their levels of activity by participating in trainings that took place in the carpark after work, “We started to bring a trainer in to run group exercise twice a week. Once people were participating in the training, they had more energy at work and it became a great talking point throughout the day,” says Managing Director Brodie Caldwell. 

Both Regal Beloit and Decrastrip received an acknowledgement award at a West Auckland Business Association Business After 5 Event hosted by Healthy Families Waitakere together with Sport Waitakere.

David and Brodie are now working to support nearby businesses to also implement health and wellness activities in the workplace. 


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.