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23-24 NOVEMBER 2024

Chosen Charities

The following charities were chosen to be the recipients of this years' Auckland Garden DesignFest's fundraising activities.

Youthline is a "with youth, for youth" group dedicated to supporting young people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. With over 50 years of experience, they have been helping Kiwis between the ages of 12 and 24.

Their mission is to support all young people, whether they're dealing with mental health challenges or other issues; or simply looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and give back to their community.

They offer a range of free services, including a Helpline for text, phone, webchat, and email support. Additionally, they provide face-to-face counselling, youth mentoring, and school and community programs designed to foster growth and development.

As a registered charity, they rely on the generosity of partners, funders, and supporters to continue their work with young New Zealanders.

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation — protecting wildlife and wild places, on land and in the sea.

For nearly a century we have been protecting and restoring Aotearoa's wildlife and wild places - on land and in the sea. 

We are the voice for nature in our communities, to our city and district councils, to our regional councils, to central-government, and in our courts. No other organisation does this. 

We do not receive government funding – we rely on the support from our members and supporters through membership fees, regular giving, donations and bequests.


We speak for all our threatened species and treasured places, from endangered Maui’s dolphins to high-country tussock lands.

Garden to Table is a charitable trust that empowers tamariki across Aotearoa to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food. 

Their programme enables schools and kura throughout the motu to deliver, embed and sustain impactful food education. By taking learning out of the classroom, they help Kiwi kids develop essential life skills and build resilience.

These positive impacts radiate far beyond the school gates - to whānau, the wider community, and the planet - ultimately enabling a more sustainable, equitable and climate-friendly social and economic future.

Garden to Table's dream is for every child in Aotearoa to have the opportunity and resources to grow and share their own fresh kai as part of daily life.

At Dove Hospice, we consider ourselves to be a “present day” Hospice.

Traditionally, Hospice cares for people at the end of life. We are different because we support people who have a terminal diagnosis and also those who expect a full recovery. We also ‘bridge the gap’ that exists between diagnosis and end of life, or between diagnosis, treatment and wellness. This ‘gap’ can be months, even years, during which time the effects of illness and treatment are life changing. We call this service “The Dove Model of Care”.

Dove House is our day facility where we deliver the Dove Model of Care through a range of integrative body therapies, emotional and spiritual support, medical and nursing advice, group work and informative forums.

Dove Wing is our 24-hour care unit for respite and end of life care. Collaboration is a key feature of the care at Dove House and Dove Wing. As a non-medical model, with a focus on holistic well-being, we support and complement services provided by the specialist hospices and in turn we are supported and complemented by them. The Clinical Team also works closely with other support agencies like St Andrews Residential Care, Cancer Society, Leukemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, Melanoma New Zealand, Sweet Louise and the Grief Centre to ensure the effective use of resources and skills and wraparound support for patients and families.

Dove Hospice is a standalone, registered charitable trust. As our model of care falls outside traditional government funding, we rely totally on the gift of time from volunteers, the gift of product to our Dove Hospice Shops, fundraising, grants, bequests and donations.

The Rotary Club of Newmarket was formed in 1945 and since then its members have been involved in many community projects similar to the Auckland Garden DesignFest.

Rotary's main function as an organisation is to provide its members with the opportunity to be of service to the community either locally or internationally. There are over 30,000 Rotary clubs worldwide providing substantial benefits to mankind.

The Auckland Garden DesignFest is a project that will provide much needed funds to the selected charities so they can have the greatest positive influence for their communities. The Rotary Club of Newmarket is privileged to be associated with the Auckland Garden DesignFest.