2016 Kai Ora Fund Projects

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.

Project Short Summary of Project
KaiBox Kaitatia

Cheryl Toka

Te Pokapu Tiaki Taiao O Te Tai Tokerau Trust (Far North Environment Centre)


This project is to assist the Te Hiku Food Hub to implement the KaiBox Kaitaia project to co-ordinate the supply, distribution and sale of locally grown quality, affordable organic and spray free fruit and vegetables thereby supporting local growers and improving local access to healthy food choices.
Kai Rongoā Orchard

Errol Murray

Whakawhiti Ora Pai Community Health Service


The Kai Ronga Orchard project is a long term plan to set up a sustainable low maintenance community orchard in the Far North (Te Kao Area) for use by local schools and community to encourage and enable resilience and self-sufficiency.
Kai Easy

Safety at the Gardens

Te Roopu Huarahi Oranga

Bald Angels Charitable Trust

Thérése Wickbom and Megan Clark


A project to increase safety and attract families struggling to feed their tamariki and challenged by health and poverty to use the established community garden by removing obstacles that otherwise prevent them from joining.
Far North Community Seed Bank Project

Four Seasons Farms Inc


Helmut Letz


To begin establishing, then maintaining a regional Community Seed Bank based on strong local Seed Bank groups throughout the Far North by developing a short term action plan through engagement with interested local communities and parties and then beginning the implementation of the action plan.
Ahipara Community Gardens

Ahipara Primary School

Lisa Merlo


To grow and develop the Ahipara Community Gardens based at the primary school by increasing wider community involvement in the garden and building more plots and planting more fruit trees for the whole community to benefit from.
Ngati Tara ­ Kai ­Tiakitanga

Parapara Marae

Callie Corrigan


A project to increase the availability of fruit and nut trees for future generations of whanau, increase the knowledge of existing kai sources within Ngati Tara and establish a kai map within their hapu.
Meke My Kai

Te Hiku Hauora

Cathy Cherrington

To publicise and arrange a food van equipped with portable cooking equipment and food to be cooked or put together during live demonstrations, to visit locations within the community such as schools, marae, neighbourhoods, shopping centres, main streets and sports grounds as a way of building community resilience and whanau bonding while learning to prepare healthy nutritious food on a low budget.
Organic Home Food Production

Rainbow Hills Sustainable Futures Trust Far North

Kevin Rasmussen


A mentoring project to assist with Organic Home Food production and provide education and mentoring as well as opportunities for the community to engage and share and swap produce in the Hokianga area.
Setting up Local Food Northland Infrastructure and Food Policy Council Development The HUB Whangarei Trust

Clive McKegg


Assisting with the setup of Local food Northland Infrastructure and Food Policy Council Development and complete formation of the Local Food Northland Trust organisation, raise awareness of the potential of relocalising our food systems in Northland through holding hui in the Far North, creating printed material and a database of stakeholders and forming the beginnings of a Northland Food Policy Council.   A contribution has been made to this project to specifically progress work and meetings in the Far North region to ensure the Far North is involved and benefit from this initiative.
Kaeo Community Orchard Project Whangaroa Health Services

Hillary Sheard

To establish a community orchard on a vacant council plot of land in Kaeo township to improve accessibility of seasonal fruit for whanau living in Kaeo.
Kāingapīpīwai Kaitaiakitanga

Tracey Ashby and Maata Harris



To support Whanau, Marae and hapu to develop systems that provide critical ecosystem services (water supply, habitat for wild plants and animals, pest and weed control) that will increase the availability of traditional Maori Foods and Food preparation methods and raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the community.