Sensory garden opens

11 September 2017 – Life Unlimited celebrated the official opening of the multi-sensory garden in Palmerston Street, Hamilton on 4 September.

The garden will complement the existing multi-sensory room, Whare-O-Rongo, and allow people with disabilities to enjoy a wide range of experiences for therapy, learning, relaxation and fun in a safe and inviting outdoor space.

Life Unlimited chief executive Mark Brown, Vic Ankersmit from Placemakers Te Rapa and kaumatua Rangi Manihera celebrate the garden opening on 4 September.

The centrepiece of the garden is a spiral kokiri mosaic using red scoria, white avalanche, black and river stones that was created by Italian artist Marina Giostra.

Marina volunteered 140 hours – through winter rain, hail, sleet, frost and sunshine – to complete the mosaic.

Other volunteers to support the project came from Anglican Action and Volunteering Waikato, and Life Unlimited was fortunate to enlist the help of local electrician Elroy Liddington.

The garden would not have been possible without the generous support of local businesses who donated goods and services, including Bunnings Hamilton South, Finelawn, Firth, Flett Seedlings, Florida Ltd, Mitre 10 MEGA Hamilton, PAK’nSAVE Mill Street, Placemakers Te Rapa and The Warehouse The Base.

Life Unlimited general manager Enterprise William Hughes said the support received for the sensory garden was “uplifting”.

“Life Unlimited provides a range of services in the Waikato which fosters community participation and enables inclusion outcomes for all.

“Our programmes deliver positive change for people with disabilities and the sensory garden gives us another opportunity to support people to live the life they choose.”

This story appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of our free disability e-newsletter Infolink. Read or sign up to receive Infolink here.