Hauora Garden by Auckland-based artists Richard Orjis and A.D. Schierning is located at Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road. The garden is an interactive and sensory space that aims to reconnect urban dwellers with the natural world. It includes Rongoā Māori, introduced medicinal, edible and endangered native plants. If you would like to find out how you can become involved in the creation of the garden please email POP with 'Hauora Garden' in the subject line.
Artists Richard Orjis and A.D. Schierning both live and work in Auckland. In their practices they make public and private work around themes of land use and sustainability. A.D.’s project Freedom Fruit Gardens (2007) stimulated community engagement with productive municipal gardens, and resulted in four public plantings of fruit trees. Richard’s Grass Circle (2010) was a major land art installation at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts. Works by the artists are held in permanent collections at Auckland Council, the Dowse Art Museum, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, the Wallace Arts Trust and the University of Auckland.