The Matipo Community Development Charitable Trust garden and education centre has won the Supreme Award at the Trustpower National Community Awards.

The gardens were established in 2013 in a formerly derelict part of Whanganui by the late Black Power Leader Craig Rippon. Since then Housing New Zealand has provided a renovated house which acts as an education hub and over 50 people have taken part in education. They started with literacy classes, and moved on to Horticulture as well as construction apprenticeships.

In Kathryn Ryan’s interview (May 7) you can hear Craig Rippon’s sister, Rosemary and his son Carlos talk about how the education is transforming lives, and a whole community.

Click here to listen to the podcast.