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We are Aoteaora New Zealand's food movement, dedicated to connecting people to our land and our ocean through our food.
Eat New Zealand is the leading cross-sector organisation committed to telling the Aotearoa Food Story. We are a platform which encourages and enables collaboration between all parts of our food system encouraging regeneration. We do this by building stronger, more resilient food communities, increasing our unique culinary credentials and making New Zealand the world’s premium food destination.
We believe we have unique stories to contribute to the world of food, and would like to see them unearthed and celebrated at an increased volume! One of the ways Eat New Zealand drives this change is through events such as Feast Matariki.
Feast Matariki (www.feastmatariki.nz) was created in 2019, as Aotearoa’s first and only national food celebration around this important time of year. It is a series of kai events across the motu, designed to build capability and connection; from hunters, fishers, mahika kai specialists, chefs, small food producers, students, scientists, community leaders and event organisers. We’re working with Ngāi Tahu over the next few years to continue to find ways that we can sit down at tables together, celebrating who we are, no matter our backgrounds.
We hold an annual Eat NZ Hui touted as ‘the most important food conversation in New Zealand’, we help regions discover their food story and are working with sector leaders on establishing a Local Grain Economy for Aotearoa through our #EatNZGrains initiative.
We lead the Eat New Zealand Kaitaki, a collective of 100 next-generation food leaders telling the Aotearoa food story. This unique cohort represent all aspects of our food system; from food production to transformation, celebration and food experience. They come from across New Zealand; from Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) to Rakiura (Stewart Island). Their stories are the embodiment of what makes New Zealand food unique.
Other campaigns include #KnowYourFarmer, #KnowYourFisher, #GrowFoodCommunities (supporting local food systems), #RepurposeTheSurplus (minimising food waste) and #LotsofLittle (supporting small food producers and biodiversity).
Our website lists over 2500 establishments, events, festivals, farmers markets and food tourism operators. We're beginning to include producers as well. It enables people to build a food itinerary as they move around the country.
Eat New Zealand was formerly called ConversatioNZ and has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2015. It was founded by Giulio Sturla, one of NZ's best chefs, and owner of MAPU an intimate test kitchen experience in Lyttelton.
Eat New Zealand is committed to honouring the principles and intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all our undertakings. We acknowledge the importance of our indigenous food stories, people, places, environment and practices and this understanding underpins all aspects of our values and approaches.
We will be instrumental in creating a future where all New Zealanders will have access to their food in a connected way. This will be kai (food) which sustains us culturally, socially and nutritionally. It will be produced or collected in a way that supports the balance of our natural world; our land, fresh water and ocean.
— These are our founding principals, goals and ideas
We acknowledge the importance of Māori food sovereignty and culture in our overall story. We also acknowledge the influence other cultures have had and celebrate the cultural diversity of our food in all its forms and actively seek inclusiveness.
We gather and share knowledge freely. We’re a trusted source and knowledge hub for food in Aotearoa.
We celebrate diversity in thinking, perspectives and our natural world and understand the interconnectedness between all things. We encourage food ecosystems that support the environment they exist within and seek to protect and promote these.
We understand the balance necessary between the production of food and the importance of human health and the natural world.
We support and champion respectful practices of harvesting or producing kai in Aotearoa.
We provide a platform that supports innovative thinking and encourages research.
We will raise awareness about the importance of food culture. This includes raising awareness of the lack of access to local ingredients where necessary.
We acknowledge that we are stronger together and actively seek collaboration with others who reflect our values.
We will empower young people to be food citizens and support the increase of food citizenship as part of all curriculums.
We will advocate for our unique food and ingredients and take pride in encouraging our people and manuhiri (visitors) to experience our food.
We will address global issues and be part of the global food movement.
— The collective behind the movement
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