"Kāore te kūmara he kōrero mō tōna ake reka"
The kumara never speaks of its own sweetness

Kai Rotorua

Reconnecting us to Papatūānuku through working the land to feed whānau.

Kai Rotorua is a non-profit volunteer organisation made up of over 130 individuals and organisations. We began from an amazing group of 30 locals with a passion for local, nourishing, sustainably produced food. Everybody eats so we can bring out the passion for good, nutritious, home-grown food in anyone we come across. Kai Rotorua also delivers a Māori cultural education through the cultivation of the land.


What we have done
Networking events, community educational workshops

66 free backyard gardens for whanau and kindergartens

Gardening education in schools

Commercial food production (kumara, rīwai, Māori potato)

Community Fruit Rotorua established

Farmers market established

Supporting horticulture to be included in school curriculums

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What we are doing 
Providing education in local schools and kura

Growing our knowledge of kumara, rīwai and Māori potato production

Conducting trials on growing methods that fit with the Rotorua Lakes catchment restrictions

Selling our produce locally, and supporting other food producers with their sales

Hosting networking events and community workshops

Investigating and trialling income-generating methods to self-fund our community projects and work in schools