September 17, 2019
Taitokerau food project growing
Backers of a programme to encourage Northland whānau and communities to grow and eat nutritious and sustainably-grown local food are pleased with the quality and progress of this year’s applications.
Mahitahi Hauora health promotion manager Daniela Johnson says the Kia Ora Fund has approved 37 new projects, with 33 projects led by Māori communities and whānau, resulting in an investment of just under $80,000 this year in hapori Māori.
That brings to 92 the number of projects funded since its inception in 2015.
She says the fund supports food projects communities are passionate about, and provides extra support through the partners and the broad network of Kai Ora projects.
It identifies and embraces seven key priorities:
a focus on projects that increase the availability of healthy food;
the growth of economic prosperity in Northland;
resilience in times of emergency or vulnerability;
connecting people who are passionate about sustainable local food;
having a community-led approach;
the ability to try new ideas;
and the improvement and wellbeing of groups and communities that are most vulnerable.
The fund is a partnership between Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation, Manaia Health PHO, the Far North District Council, Whangārei District Council, Kaipara District Council, Te Puni Kōkiri, Northland District Health Board, and Northland Inc, the regional economic development agency.
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