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Zero waste, Zero hunger | Food is a necessity in New Zealand. 1 in 5 kids face food insecurity

Our kaupapa

Since 2017, we’ve been working hard to tackle hunger and the emmisions that come from food waste in Taitokerau Northland.

Under the steady guidance and guardianship of our parent organisation, 155 Whare Āwhina, our busy team operates from three sites - our main hub in Woods Road, Whangārei, and our satellite warehouses in Moerewa and Kaikohe - and is supported by many wonderful volunteers. 

We feel fortunate that we are able to do this mahi and are grateful for the ever-growing number of food suppliers and producers we work with. Because it’s only by working together that we can make a difference. And we’re only getting started!

Zero waste, zero hunger. Redistributing food from suppliers to Taitokerau Northland organisations in need

Food Providers

We are grateful for donations of any size. From large scale commercial producers to supermarkets, local suppliers, producers and locals with extra fruit and vegetables growing on their property, thank you for contributing your surplus food to our mahi.

Partners and funders

155 is our parent organisation, and a Kaupapa Māori provider of wraparound support services for whānau in Taitokerau. They provide free legal advice through their 155 Community Law centres in Whangārei and Kaikohe, can help with whānau support, WINZ, housing, and are here to support anyone who is homeless with shelter and meals at their 155 Open Arms day centre. They also run the 155 Whare Kai social supermarket next door to us at Woods Road. 

He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust

Our Moerewa site is managed by He Iwi, a trust on a mission to create a positive future for the people of Moerewa and outlying areas. You can follow their mahi on Facebook.

Other providers

  • Foundation North

  • Ministry for the Environment

  • Countdown

  • Glanville Trust

  • Lotteries Foundation

  • Ministry of Social Development

  • Lotteries Commission

  • Simplicity Charitable Trust

  • Hell Pizza

  • Lotteries Foundation

  • LW Nelson Charitable Trust

  • Methodist Church PAC

  • Community Organisations Grants Scheme

Recipient organisations

We distribute rescued quality kai to more than 80 organisations and community groups.  

These include:

  • Community service providers and trusts

  • Charities

  • Marae

  • Churches

  • Food banks, pataka and social supermarkets

  • Schools, kindergartens and ECEs

  • Sports clubs

Recipient organisations and community groups | Whakaora Kai

155 Whakaora Kai in the media

Our Vision

Zero waste. Zero hunger for Taitokerau, Northland

Our Shared Values

Food for all - no questions asked

Cherishing the environment

Changing attitudes to food waste

Reducing poverty

Our Guiding Principles

We are kaupapa driven, value based, community focused and led, respectful, insightful and seek to positively impact whānau health and wellbeing.

Looking for individual food support?

We don’t provide kai or food parcels directly to individual whānau. If you are seeking kai for yourself, please reach out to 155 Whare Kai if you are in Whangārei or check out the Family Services Directory to find details of your nearest foodbank.