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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. The maximum funding available per project will be $5,000. Lesser amounts may be applied for.


Projects funded through the Kai Ora Fund should encourage one or more of our vision statements:

  • Increased availability, promotion, or utilisation of local healthy food to increase health and wellbeing (oranga).

  • Increased self-sufficiency and community resilience (rangatiratanga).

  • The sharing of food and gardening knowledge, including customary techniques (kaitiakitanga and mātauranga).

  • Community cooperation and connection and benefits for the wider community (whanaungatanga).

  • Increased regional economic development and local employment opportunities.

  • Environmental sustainability and stewardship (kaitiakitanga).



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The Kai Ora fund will favour projects that are in line with our priorities:

  •  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.

  •  Sustainable 

We will prioritise projects that show they can sustain their work and impact beyond the initial grant.

He whenua taurikura, he whānau houkura
Abundant whenua, prosperous whānau


Working Together

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Mahitahi Hauora

A primary healthcare system that sustains equitable, self-determined well-being and ensures every person has an opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

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Whangarei District Council

The territorial authority for the Whangarei District of New Zealand. 

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Te Puni Kōkiri

The Ministry of Māori Development, is the principal policy advisor of the Government of New Zealand on Māori wellbeing and development.

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Far North District Council

The territorial authority for the Far North District of New Zealand. 

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Kaipara District Council

The territorial authority for the Kaipara District of New Zealand. 

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The Ministry of Social Development

The public service department of New Zealand charged with advising the government on social policy, and providing social services.

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Kāinga Ora- Homes and Communities

Kāinga Ora places people from the Housing Register into our homes, providing tenancy services to public housing tenants, and maintains and develops public houses.

Applications Closed 2024


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