RECAP update November/December

Kia ora, from the RECAP team. 

We’ve been a bit quiet lately, as we have a couple of big projects bubbling away. We can let you know more in 2024! 


Christmas Hampers 

Right now we’re fundraising with the Ashhurst Food Bank and the Ashhurst Memorial RSA to provide hampers of Christmas food for those in need in our community. 

There are a few ways you can help us with this:

We have a box in the Ashhurst Community Library (look for the tinsel!) for donations of various shelf stable items for these hampers.

Items we would like are: Christmas puddings, Christmas mince tarts, chocolate biscuits, fizzy drink, juice, passionfruit syrup, tinned fruit and chocolates. 

PLEASE do not use this box to donate random items or items past expiry. 

Contributions can be placed in the box during library opening hours.


We are also running a christmas raffle, with a hamper of christmas goodies worth over $150 to be won. Tickets are $2 and this will be drawn December 8th.

These can be purchased at RECAP Community Kai on Tuesdays, or online into the Ashhurst Community Trust Food Bank account: 06-0729-0611295-03 (please put your name and phone number in the particulars and reference). You can also make a monetary donation into the same account, although please note this account is not connected to a registered charity so donations are not tax exempt. Please put ‘Hampers’ as the reference. 

A HUGE ngā mihi to Dianne Bennett for organising this raffle.

We will also have a stall at the Ashhurst Christmas Market on December 2nd where you can donate christmas items for the hampers, purchase raffle tickets or offer a donation.  

If you have any questions about the Christmas Hampers, you can contact Marianne on 027 627 2054 or



We’d also like to give a quick signal boost to a couple of orgs: 

Community Fruit Harvest Manawatū. If you have a large, productive fruit tree (or trees) you can’t keep up with, they will visit your property to harvest and distribute throughout the region. They tend to share the majority of this produce in the community they pick from. You can contact them at or on 0210 914 0513.

Share Waste is a new app that connects home composters and worm farmers with those who have organic waste (produce scraps e.t.c). If you are unable to compost at your whāre, you can find someone local who can. Or if your compost/worm farm needs more waste than you create you can find someone with donations. 

Both great groups that do good for us and our whenua. 


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Noho ora mai