About us

Enabling kids

to get growing

Growing OKE

What is Oke all about

Oke provide Kiwi kids the opportunity to learn life and social skills by introducing productive gardens into schools.  By giving the kids the tools to learn, OKE are empowering schools and communities to grow essential life and social skills, ultimately providing a better place for everyone. Learn more about the Oke Growing A Future initiative…

Oke plans to give

every kiwi kid a

school garden

Oke plans on implementing our “Growing A Future” initiative into primary schools across South Auckland and beyond over the next few years. Our starting point was Papatoetoe, Auckland in 2015 and Oke has since built gardens from Onehunga to Drury.

Through Growing A Future, Oke deliver a garden to each school, enabling the kids, teachers and local community to get growing. The garden is built through a community working bee (in just ONE day) and includes all that is required to make it sustainable; raised beds, greenhouse, composting solutions, kids tools, teacher tools, irrigation, fruit trees etc.  Each Growing a Future project for a school is worth over $25,000. We work hard all year to raise enough funds so our “Growing a Future” gardens don’t cost the school a cent. We are very grateful to work with some amazing sponsors, funders, volunteers and contributors who support us to make this possible. 

Check out our Working Bee Schedule to see the next school receiving Growing A Future and find out more about our awesome partners. 

key outcomes

What makes us diferent?

Building

We build school gardens at zero cost to schools

learning

Learning

The gardens we build can be used for all manner of learning, not just gardening

Engaging

We help schools engage with their communities through gardening

team

Meet our Kick Ass Squad

Paul Dickson

Paul came up with the crazy idea of creating the #H2HWalk back in 2012. After the successes of the fundraiser, he decided to do things a little bit backward and then create the OKE Charity. The daily tasks required to run OKE are carried out by Paul…when he’s not on Daddy Daycare duty!

Anj Dickson

Nat Allen

Pete White