Unveiling the Keys to Effective Partnerships in West Auckland

The key elements needed in building authentic partnerships was the core focus of a day’s workshop held in West Auckland recently. With funding from WEAVE, Kai West member, Healthy Families Waitākere Systems Innovator Michele Eickstaedt organised the workshop, presented by the Partnership Brokering Association of Aotearoa New Zealand. The workshop was free to attend and […]

Healthy Active Learning Waikato visit West Auckland

Teams dedicated to promoting healthy and active learning environments are excited to explore initiatives in West Auckland, particularly Mana Motuhake o te Kai and Kāhui Kai Maara. Five members of the Waikato Healthy Active Learning team, located in Te Whatu Ora, paid a visit to the Sport Waitākere office to learn more about these initiatives, […]

Using Mana Motuhake o te Kai to achieve kai sovereignty in West Auckland

Te Wao nui a Tiriwa (West Auckland) has a deep agricultural history that encompasses the cultures of the many people who live here. From the iwi who migrated across their tribal lands in a seasonal cycle, to the growers and farmers of today. There are stories throughout the region that reflect this rich history of […]

Perfectly Imperfect Pops Up in Massey

The ability to source locally grown, affordable fresh fruit and vegetables is how most people want to live. When we can source locally grown food, it contains more nutrients (from being able to ripen naturally), allowing us to eat in harmony with the seasons. Locally grown food supports the local economy and benefits the environment […]

Mana Motuhake o te Kai brings a fresh perspective to Healthy Active Learning

For people everywhere, food is the great connector. Being able to share food in a culturally appropriate way plays a significant role in our physical, social, and emotional understanding of the world around us.  When we are able to grow, gather, and prepare kai using mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), we are reviving cultural frameworks and […]

A growing need: Urban Farming in Tāmaki Makaurau requires policy support

Like pumpkins ready for the autumn harvest, community gardens have been popping up across Tāmaki Makaurau for years. Yet, there has been little traction to scale these initiatives to cover more land, putting more fresh and nutritious produce into the bellies of whānau across the region. With funding from Auckland Council’s Regional Environment and Natural […]

Water Trailers making a splash on the Tāmaki Makaurau events

Three water trailers originally sourced as part of the 2019 Pro Water movement are now being utilised across Tāmaki Makaurau events, including events and festivals such as the Women’s Rugby World Cup, School Athletics Days, Scout Camps, Waitangi Day Celebrations, the Auckland Boat Show and Earth Beat Festival. The three portable water trailers were purchased […]

Kai Villages are putting down roots in West Auckland

Fresh, nutritious food is one of the cornerstones of a healthy life and should equally belong to everyone in Aotearoa. But right now, many New Zealanders are locked out of accessing healthy food as prices continue to soar, and those with less material resources live in neighbourhoods with limited access to healthy food options. Local […]

Food Rescue in 2022: Where to from here?

Healthy Families Waitākere Systems Innovator Rea Kenkel was thrilled to have been asked to review and provide feedback on the second report in the food waste series from the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The report builds on advice on how to combat food waste and the role, and limitations of food relief […]