Kai Ora Fund

‘Healthy Kai, Healthy Whānau, Healthy Communities’


The 2018 Kai Ora Fund is a partnership between Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation, The Far North District Council, Te Puni Kōkiri, Northland Inc and Manaia Primary Health Organisation.

All New Zealanders should have sufficient access to healthy food that is affordable and safe to eat.

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

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 Kai Ora Fund has been running since 2015 as a successful partnership between the Far North District Council and the Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation as a unique way to increase health and support economic development in the region.

From 2015-2017, the Kai Ora Fund supported thirty projects in the Far North District to improve community access to healthy food and promote economic development.  In 2018  new partnerships with Te Puni Kōkiri, Northland Inc and Manaia Health PHO, enabled the Fund to be offered Northland wide.

The 2018 Funding round has now closed and we are starting to plan how the 2019 funding round will look.

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.

We encourage all people/groups that are interested in applying in future rounds 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.

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

Liz Makene  – Advisor, Te Puni Kōkiri, makel@tpk.govt.nz, (09) 430 373

The fund has run for three years 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