2018 Kai Ora Fund Projects

In 2018, the Kai Ora Fund was a partnership between the Far North District Council, Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation, Te Puni Kōkiri, Northland Inc and Manaia Health PHO. The Fund was available Northland wide.

Maara Oranga

Maara Matauranga
Te Kareponia Marae me te Kohanga Reo O Kareponia

An integrated garden including kai and rongoa and traditional play space for the Marae or Kohanga Reo.
Te Ropu Herara Hokianga
The Hokianga Herald Group
Kohukohu Community Trust
The North Hokianga has very limited availability of fresh fruits and vegetables. To increase availability we will encouraging growing and sales of healthy food in a way that both increases our self sufficiency and reduces our need to travel over an hour to our nearest supermarkets.  We plan to set up a cooperative food ‘mart’ and distribution system in Kohukohu linked to growers, gardeners, community gardens.
Akatarere Hydroponics
Ngati Aukiwa Charitable Trust
To set up community enterprise to grow watercress in the Mangonui area.
Kaitiaki O Te Kai Whenua

Ngati Kahu Social and Health Services

Work with community and volunteers to create and maintain a garden that will provide fresh produce to low income families to purchase at a discounted price and distribute vegetables for free to community programmes or marae that promote healthy kai.


Kai Pai, Kai Tika, Kai Ora

Te Hau Ora O Ngapuhi

Initial stages of looking at a gardening project with shared kai between 7 Marae around Kaikohe.  Each marae to specialise in one crop.  Initial phase to trail concept with two marae.


Nga Mara

Te Akatarere Whanau Trust Anu Whenua Trust

A community based skill development and kai growing operation involving local farmers, young people, marae and hapu.  The plan is to provide training and employment for young people and produce kai to benefit the 500 people who live on the peninsula around Taupo Bay.
Youth Innovations

RAW nutrition

Far North Safer Community Council

To support the development and expansion of the Youth Innovations Smoothie Bar.  Young people have trialled a juice and smoothie bar at the markets and Kaitaia college.  They want to expand the operation to provide work skills for young people in Kaitaia and provide healthy options to young people and the community at events, markets and on the main street.  https://www.facebook.com/FarNorthSaferCommunityCouncil/
Project Te Taitokerau 50 gardens

Whenua Warrior  Kelly Francis


Working with Kawakawa school and All For Heart Food Bank to connect with 50 households and work together to build 50 gardens in the back of homes around in Kawakawa and Moerewa in a week.  The gardens will be 1mx2m garden box with soil and seedlings. The group plan to revisit the families after 3 months and connect families by providing contact details in a booklet of all families involved.
Mara Kai to Whare Kai

Akerama Marae Charitable Trust


Akerama Marae currently have a productive garden and work closely with other organisations such as corrections to maintain the garden and do other environmental work around the Marae.  The Marae wish to extend out to utilise the Marae kitchen for cooking and preserving workshops and develop ways to provide commercial catering and meals for visitors to the Kawiti limestone caves.
Poua Te Whenua Maarakai Project

Rawiri Love Ministries

To trial a productive garden behind the Warehouse in the centre of Kaikohe.    A trial crop is currently in place and gardening volunteers on board.    Te aim is to utilise unused land, share knowledge of sustainable growing and utilise the food for local community and sell some to local businesses to enable sustainability.
Paataka Project

He Korowai Trust


To extend their current garden and buy equipment and supplies to produce more food and encourage community members and families to grow food for themselves and others, to build a greater sense of community, and enable the sharing of skills and knowledge.  The focus is on families living on the He Korowai site and emergency accommodation.
A Good Start

Kaeo School

Assistance with Kaeo School ‘A Good Start’ project to enable integration of knowledge on the growing and preparing of healthy food into the school day and to encourage a school environment that supports healthy eating.  They will do this by working with a local chef to integrate a Garden to Table style programme in the school.
Native Maara Kai

Kaikohe Intermediate School

To extend the school garden to include herbs, rongoa and heritage varieties (ruruhau, kumara, peru peru) and involve nanny’s and koro’s in the garden and sharing their cultural and traditional gardening knowledge and experience with students.
Kai Ora NIWA

Te Rangi Aniwaniwa School

To trial an edible planter boxes for integrating growing, rongoa and nutrition into the curriculum and give the tamariki the opportunity to plant, maintain an edible kitchen garden.
Mara Kai O Te Hapua

Te Hapua School

Working together with members of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, Kaumatua and Kuia from the Marae and school staff to establish and maintain vegetable gardens on the school grounds and for students to help establish a herb garden at the marae.
Sharing Kai Together

Maromaku School

Working with Enviroschools, the Playcenter and the wider community to improve and extend the schools vegetable garden into a sunny accessible spot and integrate produce grown by students into lessons on preparing and tasting fresh in season produce.
Garden to Table Online Support

Garden to Table Trust

Access to online Garden to Table programme for all schools receiving funding from the Kai Ora Fund.
Community and School Gardens

Maungakaramea School

Working with teachers, students and Enviroschools to build relationships with community and the rest home next door to maintain a vegetable garden and share knowledge on the growing and preparing of healthy food with the school and wider community.
Community Garden – Feeding the Community

St Joseph’s Catholic School Dargaville

To build a school garden and integrate a practical understanding of the food cycle and oranga into the curriculum and to share the produce with whanau and the community.
Te Kopuru School Gardens

Te Kopuru School

Connecting with members of the Te Kopuru Community Garden to plan, develop and work with students to develop and maintain a school vegetable garden and orchard.  To encourage students to develop a sense of responsibility through participation and actions.  To utilise the produce by involving students in the preparation and preserving of produce and to share the produce with the school and wider community.
Kai for Tangowahine

Tangowahine School

Tangowahine school has a strong Enviro School programme and have integrated school gardens into the curriculum.   At times the school has abundance of produce grown in the garden and seedlings to share with the community.  The school will continue to produce vegetables and seeding and build a roadside stall to share their produce with the Tangowahine Community.
Nga Kākano ō Ruawai

Ruawai College

Ruawai college wishes to develop a fruit and nut orchard and increase production of root vegetables with the support of teachers, Kaipara Kumara, Enviroschools and members of the Ruawai community garden.  This will support students interested in a career in horticulture and provde bonds between the school and wider community and enable sharing of food grown within the school and wider community.
Expansion into the Far North

Food Rescue

Food Rescue collect and redistribute surplus food to the community that would otherwise go to waste.  Food Rescue will work with Iwi oganisations and CBEC in the Far North District to distribute and collect food.  To create a strategy to connect with growers and food retailers in the region to collect food that is currently going to waste.


Kai Works Seed to Table Whangarei

CBEC Ecosolutions

Modelled on the successful kai works programme run in Kaitaia.  Utilising social media to get people together to for workshops on affordable ways to grow, prepare and preserve food encouraging the sharing of skills and knowledge.  Working with a wider range of people and groups including Food Rescue, Northland Inc, Hei Matariki, Waiariki Food Forest, Northtec, The Whangarei Growers Market and 155 Community House to connect with and focus on ways to involve people from high needs communities and groups.



More Food For Life

Food For Life

Funding to scope larger site for Food for Life and extend the project to provide a hot lunch for more schools.   Also, looking for business partnerships for a larger premises. http://www.foodforlifenorthland.org.nz/lunches-in-schools.html


Kura Whānau Maara

Oruawharo Marae Trustees


To work with community, kura kaupapa, Kelly the Whenua Warrior and Marae whānau to develop a sustainable garden including vegetables, fruit trees, rongoa and herbs at the Oruawharo Marae.