Kai Ora Fund


7 September 2018 – Article that appeared in the New Zealand Herald – great story!

Kai Ora Fund

The 2019 Kai Ora Fund is a partnership between Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation, The Far North District Council, Te Puni Kōkiri,
Northland Inc, Kaipara District Council, Northland District Health Board, Whangārei District Council and Manaia Health PHO.


He whenua taurikura, he whānau houkura
In Tai Tokerau we care for the land; growing, harvesting and sustaining our communities so that whenua and whānau are healthy and well
Abundant whenua, prosperous whānau

The purpose of the Kai Ora Fund is to enable Northlanders to grow and eat nutritious and sustainably grown local food. The Kai Ora Fund is a small community grants process to support innovative projects that address food security, benefit the wider community and encourage employment and economic development in the region. We want our communities to have an accessible, affordable and safe food supply for current and future generations, and to be resilient to future disruption or unavailability of food due to various risk factors including droughts, fuel shortages and economic instability.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday 20 March 2019

For more details please download the 2019 application form.

All successful projects must send a representative to the Kai Ora workshop in their region. Each year, all funded projects take part in a Kai Ora workshop to connect, share knowledge and ideas and make plans for working together.   This is something very important to our funding process and feedback from the projects is that they all find it useful and motivating.

  • Wednesday 15 May 2019 between 10 am and 3 pm in Kaikohe for projects based in the Far North District Council area
  • Wednesday 29 May 2019 10 am until 3 pm in Whangārei for projects based in the Whangārei and Kaipara District Council areas.

We encourage all people/groups that are interested in applying to get in touch and talk through their ideas.   We want the projects we fund to make a difference to people and communities in Tai Tokerau and we are here to encourage and support those who wish to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can schools apply? Yes, however, we are looking for collaborative projects that are beyond school garden beds.  Concepts that link the school with the wider community or support a healthy food supply within schools (e.g. working with someone to provide healthy lunches in the school canteen).  Schools need to show they are committed to the health of their students and the environment by engaging with other available school programmes.   Evidence of this needs to be attached to the application.
Do applications need to cover all of the criteria? No – projects do not need to include all the criteria listed on page one of the application form, however the project must fit with the values and purpose of the fund.
Can I get a paper application form sent to me? Yes, please call Carole Stiles on 027 208 8524

Or contact any of the people listed below.

Can I send in a paper copy of my application? Yes, if you cannot email your application in, you are welcome to post it to:

Carole Stiles

c/o Kai Ora Fund Manaia Health PHO

PO Box 1878

Whangarei 0140

Can I apply after the deadline of 20 March 2019? No, but please get in touch well before the closing date if you are applying and your organisation, legal entity or partner organisation is not able to sign off the application by 20 March 2019.

For any questions contact:

Ken Ross – Community Development Advisor, FNDC,  Ken.Ross@fndc.govt.nz, 021 570 174

Ana Mules – Community Development Advisor, FNDC, Ana.Mules@fndc.govt.nz, (09) 401 5200

Daniela Johnson – Oranga Kai Health Promoter, TTTPHO, kaiora@tttpho.co.nz, 021 837 717, (09) 438 1015

Karen Tasker  – Senior Advisor, Te Puni Kōkiri, 027 226 4245

The fund has run for fouryears and funded some amazing projects and ideas. For more information on these projects:

2018 Kai Ora Fund Projects

2017 Kai Ora Fund Projects

2016 Kai Ora Fund Projects

2015 Kai Ora Fund Projects