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"Can we plant the seeds yet? Can we plant the seeds yet?" They say you're never too young to learn about gardening and the pupils at Titirangi Kindergarten are keen to see if they can grow the tallest and widest sunflowers in the Auckland region. Titirangi Kindergarten is one of 78 across the region taking part

in the Daltons Sunflower in Kindy project, now in its third year. The project gives young children the opportunity to develop hands-on gardening skills and learn about the life-cycle of plants. New Lynn Kindergarten is also taking part. The children aren't new to gardening. The kindergarten has been part of the Enviroschools programme since 2012 and holds the bronze award. The programme helps children plan, design and implement sustainable actions important to them and their communities. "We're

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sustainable journey with our many gardens," says teacher Lorraine Walen. "For four years we've been growing beans, carrots, strawberries and potatoes and the children are involved in the whole process. Our big hope is that this generation will teach the last generation to be sustainable, to be green and to think about their planet. That's the parents we're talking about," says Lorraine. "The children take what they learn here home to their parents and then the parents get involved with composting and other initiatives."

Titirangi Kindergarten teacher Lorraine Walen with some of her green-fingered pupils.

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The heritage-listed property on the corner of Rankin and Margan Avenues is for sale. The 2,256sq m site features a four-bedroom home and a number of old pohutukawa trees alongside a brick hall built in the 1920s and known locally as 'the brick church' although it was never used as such. Parts of it have fallen into a dangerous condition. "The hall is the most visible brick building left in the area," says New Lynn Protection Society's Penny Laybourn. "The bricks for it were all donated to the community by the original brickworks owners. It's a valuable community facility that needs to be saved." Whau Local Board's heritage spokesman Derek Battersby says a

The heritage listed brick ‘church’ – on the market. Photo: Rick Mayne.

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useful solution could be found if the current owner "had a mind to gift the hall and the land beneath it to a trust so it could go out and raise funds to upgrade the building, return it to its former glory and have it as a community asset." Barfoot & Thompson's Alex Wu says there are ‘a few' locals

interested in the property. Tenders close on October 15. – Moira Kennedy

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