Maruia Vaitupu-Bachop (10), of Normanby, prepares hundreds of Central Otago apricots for jam and preserves with (from left) Lana Morrison and volunteer Annette Winter, both of SuperGrans Dunedin, University of Otago student Andrea Kingi and Te Hou Ora Whanau Services general manager Terri-Lee Nyman, at the Arai Te Uru marae in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A taste of Central Otago will be sweet relief for Dunedin's
About 200kg of surplus apricots from three Alexandra and
Roxburgh East orchards has been turned into preserves and jam
for the Salvation Army's Dunedin food bank.
The initiative was spearheaded by Te Hou Ora Whanau Services
general manager Terri-Lee Nyman, as a collaborative community
effort to support the food bank.
''The Salvation Army food bank usually has about 25 people
needing food every day, and there is a shortage of spreads,''
Mrs Nyman involved University of Otago social work student
Andrea Kingi, who was on a placement at Te Hou Ora Whanau
Services, and sought the preserving expertise of SuperGrans
She approached Central Otago orchardists to see if they would
donate fruit, and started collecting preserving and jam jars
from various organisations, including the Salvation Army and
Te Whare Pounamu, along with the Rummage store.
Some jars were donated and Te Hou Ora Whanau Services paid
for preserving seals and 100kg of sugar.
It also covered the cost of picking up apricots from the
Summerfruit, H & J Roberts and Remarkable orchards on
Yesterday all the fruit was cut, cooked and stored at the
Arai Te Uru marae in Shetland St, which Mrs Nyman hired for
She started at 8am and worked through until about 6pm, aided
by her granddaughter, Maruia Vaitupu-Bachop (10), and about a
They produced about 70 jars of apricot preserves and about
200 jars of jam.
It was stored at Te Hou Ora Whanau Services and would be
handed over to the food bank in a few days, Mrs Nyman said.
She is eager to repeat the process annually and is urging
people to return jars to the food bank.