Kai Ora Fund

The Kai Ora Fund is a partnership between Mahitahi Hauora, Far North District Council, Te Puni Kōkiri, Northland Inc., Kaipara District Council, Northland District Health Board, Whangārei District Council and The Ministry of Social Development.

He whenua taurikura, he whānau houkura
In Tai Tokerau we care for the land; growing, harvesting and sustaining our communities so that whenua and whānau are healthy and well
Abundant whenua, prosperous whānau

The purpose of the Kai Ora Fund is to enable Northlanders to grow and eat nutritious and sustainably grown local food. The Kai Ora Fund is a small community grants process to support innovative projects that address food security, benefit the wider community and encourage employment and economic development in the region. We want our communities to have an accessible, affordable and safe food supply for current and future generations, and to be resilient to future disruption or unavailability of food due to various risk factors including droughts, fuel shortages and economic instability.


We encourage all people/groups that are interested in applying to future rounds of the fund or collaborating with projects we have funded to get in touch and talk through their ideas.   We want the projects we fund to make a positive difference to people and communities in Tai Tokerau and we are here to encourage and support those who wish to apply.    

Interactive map of Kai Ora funded project locations

Visit the interactive map of the locations. You can click on the project and find out more detail about including the name, contact, and description.
Currently showing are:

• 2018 Projects – blue tear drop icon
• 2019 Business Projects – blue shopping bag icon
• 2019 Learning and Workshops projects – maroon cap
• 2019 School Projects – yellow people
• 2019 Garden Projects – green flower

The fund has run for five years and funded some amazing projects and ideas.


If you have further questions, need some help, or the opportunity to talk through your application, please contact one of the people below:

Ken Ross – Community Development Advisor, Far North District Council 
Email: Ken.Ross@fndc.govt.nz
Phone: 021 570 174

Daniela Johnson – Wellbeing/Health Promotion Coordinator Kai Ora, Mahitahi Hauroa,
Email: Daniela.johnson@mahitahihauora.co.nz
Phone: 021 837 717 or 438 1015

Carole Stiles - Wellbeing/Health Promotion Design & Delivery Administrator, Mahitahi Hauora
Email: Carole.stiles@mahitahihauora.co.nz 
Phone: 09 438 1015 or 027 208 8524

Karen Tasker – Regional Business Analyst, Te Puni Kōkiri
Email: Karen.tasker@tpk.govt.nz
Phone: 027 226 4245

Nicole Stanton – Community Development Adviser, Whangārei District Council
Email: Nicole.Stanton@wdc.govt.nz
Phone: 021 243 1494 

Jenny Rooney - Community Funding Coordinator, Kaipara District Council
Freephone: 0800 727 059, mobile: 027 702 8126
DDI: 09 439 1228
Email: Jrooney@kaipara.govt.nz