Funded Projects

All of these community-led initiatives have received funding from Kai Whau.

West Auckland Toy Library Edible Garden

2017, Green Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association The Green Bay Ratepayers & Residents Association (GBRRA) own a hall in Portage Rd which is leased to the West Auckland Toy Library, who provide a great service to the communities of West Auckland. GBRRA received funding to establish a garden that will be set up with seasonal … Continue reading West Auckland Toy Library Edible Garden


Budget Cooking Classes

2017, Kelston Community Hub Kelston Community Hub received funding to continue running their successful Budget Cooking classes, which had been started with Love Food Hate Waste funding.  The classes promote cooking meals by using leftovers or cheaper food, but still maintaining a highly nutritious meals. They encourage complete use of food to reduce household food … Continue reading Budget Cooking Classes

Community Lunches

2017, Generation Ignite Food Bank Every Friday, Generation Ignite Food Bank operates from the New Lynn Community Centre between 1 – 3pm (or until all parcels are gone). Lead by a team of volunteers, these parcels are distributed to individuals and families living within the Whau community. During this time, volunteers also set up tea … Continue reading Community Lunches

Feed the Streets

2017, Together We Are Avondale Together We Are Avondale received funding to start a new initiative called Feed the Streets. The vision is to create an open, welcoming social space where local streeties and people in our community can cook and eat together. Representatives from services who can support our streeties into healthy independence will be … Continue reading Feed the Streets

Healthy, easy and affordable eating

2016, Avondale Community Action Avondale Community Action received funding towards the costs of putting on a series of free workshops to teach recipes that are easy, healthy and affordable. These workshops are a local response to challenges of poverty, obesity and being time poor, and included showing people where to buy ingredients locally. The funding … Continue reading Healthy, easy and affordable eating

Community garden soil testing

2016, EcoMatters Environment Trust EcoMatters received funding towards the cost of soil testing for their planned community garden expansion. EcoMatters wants to expand their community gardens in Olympic Park to meet community demand for growing space, but the land is a closed landfill, so professional soil testing was required to establish whether the land will … Continue reading Community garden soil testing

Chinese Kai Gardeners Hui

2016, Homer Xu Homer Xu, an experienced garden facilitator and educator who has worked with Gardens4Health and Auckland Council, received funding towards the cost of running a hui for an online-based Chinese gardening group. The hui took place on Saturday 27 August 2016 at the Synergy Community Trust on Portage Road, in Chinese language. Approximately … Continue reading Chinese Kai Gardeners Hui

Multi Ethnic Pot Luck Dinner

2015, WISE Collective WISE Collective received funding towards the costs of hosting a multi-ethnic community meal in Avondale. WISE Collective collaborated with Avondale Community Action to hold the event at Avondale Community Centre in July 2016. Around 100 people attended, most of them refugees and migrants, including many children as it was the school holidays. The … Continue reading Multi Ethnic Pot Luck Dinner

Shelving for food bank relocation

2015, Encounter Hope Foundation Encounter Hope Foundation received funding for new shelving for their relocated community food bank. The food bank distributes around 90 food parcels per fortnight in conjunction with community meals held at their new premises. Food bank manager Brian Conquer said: “We are finding that with the new shelving it is so … Continue reading Shelving for food bank relocation

Community Dinners Kit

2015, Avondale Community Action Avondale Community Action received funding to purchase plates, cutlery and cooking equipment to create a ‘Community Dinners Kit’. The kit will be used by Avondale Community Action to host community dinners in Avondale, and will also be available for local groups wanting to host communal food events to borrow.  

Green Bay Street Food

2015, Green Bay Street Food A collective of Green Bay community members working with the Green Bay Community House received funding towards the cost of obtaining market licenses for the Green Bay Bazaar and Green Bay Street Food events. Both events are aimed at increasing connection in the Green Bay community. The Green Bay Street … Continue reading Green Bay Street Food