Bay of Plenty Kai Hui

Grow, Source, Cook, Share - Let's connect for a better food future

The Kai Hui will bring together local people involved with food, to plant the seed for a better food future.

Everyone is invited, from food growers and producers, to those reducing food waste and everything in between; from interested citizens and community food interest groups to government officials, multisector food advocates, and food entrepreneurs.

Learn about, connect with, and celebrate like-minded individuals and groups making a difference locally.

Consider the big picture and discuss local solutions to complex food issues.

Be inspired by Canterbury's collective response to adversity, protecting access to food for their future.

Have the opportunity to share what you're passionate about, and become involved with a broader collective food movement.


"The Edible Canterbury story – successes, challenges, inspiration”

Matt Morris, Edible Canterbury Coordinator Matt helped bring the Food Resilience Network (aka Edible Canterbury) into being after the Canterbury earthquakes, as then chair of the local Soil & Health branch. He has previously worked as the Christchurch Community Gardens Association's Advocate. He is currently deputy chair of the Soil & Health National Council and part time Sustainability Advocate at the University of Canterbury. He is passionate about local food systems, organics, and food justice issues generally.


"Our country’s food - exploring what the national food scene means for you"

Emily Dowding-Smith, Transformation Leader, Sustainable Business Network (SBN). Emily leads the restorative food work for SBN, which includes convening the National Good Food Network, a nationwide group of organisations working for a healthier food system.

"Building from the ground up - how social enterprises can support a greater impact in the food community"

Rachel Glasier, Partnership and Development Director, Ākina Foundation – Growing Social Enterprise


Local Community Food Panel Discussion

Open Space Sessions - Topics to be decided by attendees

Networking / Mapping our local food scene

Plus more local speakers

FREE to attend. Please bring a donation for lunch.

REGISTRATION: Available until Thursday 5pm, or until capacity is reached (venue holds 100 people). Please click attending on this page and complete the registration form here:

The Kai Hui is funded by Tauranga City Council, with support from Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service and the Sustainable Business Network.

A special thanks also to: - Western Bay of Plenty District Council - Toi Toi Manawa - Plenty Permaculture - All the attendees of the Kai Hui brainstorming sessions



  • SBN

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  • TTO Public Health

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