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.

February 2018 –
Kai Ora Fund Northland Age newspaper article

Projects funded through the Kai Ora Fund should encourage:

  • improved food access for people in Tai Tokerau (Northland). 
    “Food access issues include: having access to food in general, or having access to sufficient food and/or food of sufficient quality and integrity, plus the concepts of food equity, food resilience, and food sustainability.  It will also be extended to food availability in conditions of extreme need such as widespread disaster, droughts, and so on, and to initiatives that help people in Far North communities to eat healthier foods.”
  • increased availablility, promotion, or utilisation of local healthy food leading to increased health and wellbeing (oranga)
  • increased self-sufficiency and community resilience (rangatiratanga)
  • the sharing of food and gardening knowledge, including customary techniques (kaitiakitanga and mātauranga)
  • involvement of community cooperation and benefits for the wider community (whanaungatanga)
  • increased regional economic development and local employment opportunities.

The Kai Ora fund will prioritise projects that:

  • Whanaketanga – engage multiple partners and strengthen cooperation and regional development
  • Promote Equity – prioritise lower socio-economic communities (and in particular children), or people with food security and accessibility issues.
  • Whakapapa – strenghthen whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori communities.

We are looking for innovative projects that address food security, benefit the wider community and support 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.

So much more can be achieved when we work together, not only are we able to combine our skills and expertise and support more of our communities, we are more aware of each other’s organisation and better and be informed on what is going on in our region (Te Tai Tokerau CEO Jensen Webber).

So far, the Kai Ora Fund has supported thirty projects to improve community access to healthy food and promote economic development.  This year the fund has grown, due to new partnerships with Te Puni Kōkiri and Manaia Primary Health Organisation contributing funding to enable the Fund to be offered Northland wide.   Te Puni Kōkiri’s funding has also allowed the Far North Fund to be extended and include a ‘Step Change Project Fund’ to offer a greater amount of support to a project that will significantly improve access to healthy food and be self-sustaining.

Kai Ora Fund

Organisations and community groups in Northland can apply for up to $5000 for projects that increase access to healthy food and promote economic development in the region.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21 March 2018.  Kai ora fund application form can be downloaded here: application form 2018

Step Change Fund

Step change‘ funding is available in the Far North District Council area for one project that will have a significant long term impact on food security and economic development of up to $20 000.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21 March 2018. Step  Change funding application form can be downloaded here: step change application
Please email kaiora@tttpho.co.nz if you would an application form to be posted.

2018 Kai Ora Fund Application Criteria


For any questions, help, or the opportunity to talk through your application, contact either:

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:

2017 Kai Ora Fund Projects

2016 Kai Ora Fund Projects

2015 Kai Ora Fund Projects