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Become a Volunteer Gardner for the Christchurch Cathedral

You will be one of a small and friendly team of gardeners at The Transitional Cathedral who keep the flower gardens colourful and welcoming for visitors. Our gardens are a place of hope in the central city during this time of rebuild and in 2017 and in 2018 our gardeners have received Community Pride Awards from the City Council for their work.

This is a great opportunity to spend time outside working with friendly people! It’s an amazing feeling to see the gardens in bloom and know you have been part of that happening!

All we ask from you is to bring your enthusiasm, love of gardening and friendly attitude!

Volunteers are part of all that is going on in the vibrant Cathedral community that faces the city and welcomes its visitors every day of the year. We remember each volunteer with thanks for who they are and all they do to support the Cathedral.

Social Protocols

  1. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  2. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  3. Be considerate of others - You’ll be part of a group, so it’s important to be kind and courteous.
  4. Stay safe in the outdoors - Your guides know the environment better than anyone and are there to keep you safe; listen to ALL their instructions, ALL the time.

Cultural Protocols

  1. A chance to relax - This experience is one way Kiwis like to relax and enjoy life so it will seem very relaxed. Have fun, enjoy slowing down (away from work or study) and relax!
  2. Be a respectful visitor - You will be a guest during this experience, so please be respectful. Two important Māori customs are to take your shoes off indoors and avoid sitting on tables or pillows.
  3. Be on time - While the experience will be a relaxed one, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early so you don't keep your guides and others waiting.
  4. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
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