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Summer Gathering 2015

7-11 January 2015

Port Waikato: steeped in history, surrounded by nature


The 2015 Summer Gathering was held for the first time at Port Waikato School Camp.   Established in 1928, the camp was originally a Health Camp for underprivileged and sick children.  Port Waikato also has a significant history for both Maori and later settlers.

At over 50 hectares, the Camp has varied and comfortable accommodation and a fantastic kitchen adjacent to the dining room/meeting space.   There are natural spaces to hold deep conversations – beside the stream, among the trees, walking on the rugged west coast beach or paddling in the Waikato River.

Map of Port Waikato camp


Those of us who attended recent Gatherings know how well Jennifer Neale and Aroha Catering put together great meals.  Jennifer creates “Food that truly looks after people”. Visit Aroha Catering’s website for more information: www.arohacatering.co.nz. Some of the food was ordered well in advance and grown especially for us in the Got The Plot Organics fields near Thames.


Workshops, conversations and presentations at the gathering included: Creative Entrepreneurs, Everyday Ethics, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, and Retyrement (getting a new set of tyres for the next part of the journey)