Kai Ora Fund

Kai Ora Fund

Background

The Kai Ora Fund was developed by Far North District Council (FNDC) and Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation (TTTPHO).

This is the fourth year of the Kai Ora Fund and Te Puni Kōkiri, Northland Inc, and Manaia Health PHO have joined the project and contributed funding to increase strength, support, and reach.

Projects funded through the Kai Ora Fund should encourage:

  • improved food access for people in Tai Tokerau (Northland)
  • increased availability, 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.

Herald Group Kai Ora Fund Objectives

Establish & operate a food co-op/market in the re-opened Old Herald Building, Kohukohu, including the provision of necessary equipment and logistics

Publicize the project widely seeking input and participation in the form of individual growers and a gardening group which meets to work on each others gardens

Establish a horticulture ‘local knowledge & resources’ database

Establish a ‘growing gardens’ support centre and network, including a seed bank, library and shared resource, tool & equipment repository

Consult widely regards ongoing provision, organization and expansion, eg the rights and responsibilities of ‘membership’, models and formats for co-op/market food distribution – ie weekly ordering or an ‘available food parcel’, collection or delivery? Provisions for the young, elderly and disabled?

Expand networks among food co-ops, economic resilience & local groups.

Ongoing evaluation & improvement of goals, operations and administration