Kai Ora Fund

The Kai Ora Fund is a partnership between Mahitahi Hauora, Far North District Council, Te Puni Kōkiri, Kaipara District Council,  Ministry of Social Development, Whangārei District Council, Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, and Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs.

The Kai Ora FundThe Kai Ora Fund

In Te Tai Tokerau we care for the land; growing, harvesting and sustaining our communities so that whenua and whānau are healthy and well.

The Kai Ora Fund is a small community grants process to support innovative projects that address food security, increase community resilience and everything in between.

The purpose of the Kai Ora Fund is to enable Northlanders to eat nutritious and sustainably grown local food.

To learn more about what type of projects the Kai Ora Fund supports, and for information on the application process visit: Kai Ora Fund

Kai Ora Fund projects

The Kai Ora Fund started in 2015 as a partnership between Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation and the Far North District Council. The project has now grown and seven organisations partner to enable the fund to happen and to provide support and expertise to the funded projects. We have worked with and supported a wide range of projects around Northland, with over 300 projects receiving funding. You can view some videos showcasing just a few examples below.

Wholey Health! Cooperative Village Market

The Kai Ora Fund - Wholey Health! Cooperative Village MarketThe Kai Ora Fund – Wholey Health! Cooperative Village Market

WholeyHealth! is a not-for-profit Community Market space at 41 King Street, Hikurangi, Northland. It has a “Think Global, Act Local” kaupapa. At Wholey Health! you will find locally made products, gifts, crafts, and fresh produce, as spray-free or organic as possible. Supply is local first. Where non-local products are supplied efforts are made to source environmentally sustainable, organic and Fairtrade products

Te Toa Whenua Food Forest

The Kai Ora Fund - Te Toa Whenua Food ForestThe Kai Ora Fund – Te Toa Whenua Food Forest

Te Roroa Development Charitable Trust is developing a food forest that can be used by local people to grow organic, healthy kai, provide a hub that can be used for educational purposes focused on sustainability and kaitiakitanga, and produce kai for those in need and for the two marae within the community. The Food Forest is deep in the Waipoua Forest in the Kaipara.

Food Rescue Northland

The Kai Ora Fund - Food Rescue NorthlandThe Kai Ora Fund – Food Rescue Northland

Food Rescue Northland – Whakaora Kai Taitokerau redistributes quality surplus food supplied by growers and retailers to community groups who support people in need.

Pehiaweri Marae Māra Kai and Orchard

The Kai Ora Fund - Pehiāweri Marae Māra Kai and OrchardThe Kai Ora Fund – Pehiāweri Marae Māra Kai and Orchard

Pehiāweri Māori Church and Marae have a beautiful māra kai and orchard, tended to with love by the Pehiāweri Garden Group, which meets every Monday morning to connect, care and grow. The produce grown in the garden is used in the Marae and shared with whānau and excess is placed into community pataka in Tikipunga. In 2019, Pehiāweri Maori Marae and Church received support from the Kai Ora Fund for their māra kai.

KAI Konnect

The Kai Ora Fund - KAI KonnectThe Kai Ora Fund – KAI Konnect

Kai Konnect is a collective of awesome like-minded people across the mid-north of Northland, New Zealand, who are committed to seeing thriving whānau enjoying healthy kai as the norm.

Wai A Ariki Food Forest Onerahi

The Kai Ora Fund - Wai A Ariki Food Forest OnerahirahiThe Kai Ora Fund – Wai A Ariki Food Forest Onerahirahi

The Wai A Ariki Food Forest is a collaboration based on love, respect, community and the sharing of kai. The Wai A Ariki Food Forest is on the corner of Whimp Ave and Church Street, Onerahi, Whangārei.

Kai Ora Fund - Funded Projects 2023

Further information

Isaac Watts
Community Development Advisor, Whangārei District Council
E: isaac.watts@wdc.govt.nz
P: 021 328 516

Erana Peita
Whānau Engagement and Innovation Partner, Mahitahi Hauora
E: kaiora@mahitahihauora.co.nz
P: 0272765 219

Jenny Rooney
Community Funding Coordinator, Kaipara District Council
E: jrooney@kaipara.govt.nz
Freephone: 0800727 059
Mobile: 027 702 8126
DDI 09 439 1228