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Feast Matariki 2021

Feast Matariki 2021

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We are really excited to announce Feast Matariki 2021! Aotearoa’s only national food celebration, it will be an opportunity to bring people around tables to celebrate this special time of year. In 2022 Matariki will become a public holiday, so this is a chance to consider how you will acknowledge something that has been celebrated for centuries in Aotearoa. For our part we’ll be emerging, promoting and celebrating everything New Zealand Food from June 21st to July 8th.

Our important food stories are a unique reflection of us as people, no matter what our cultural backgrounds. We’ve been working closely with Dr Rāngi Mātāmua, who leads the government’s task force on Matariki and he notes; "Food is an anchor point or pathway to contribute to the celebration of Matariki. It provides a way for whānau & communities to come together to celebrate and connect, making sure that sourcing food connected people with the environment from which it came. We can ensure this is a time to celebrate that connection with our environment.” So get your thinking caps on! Let us know how you’ll be remembering & celebrating with food.

We’re proud to announce that Potatoes NZ, Aquaculture NZ and Anchor Professionals have chosen to lean in and help tell our unique stories. And we’re really excited to announce Stuff.co.nz as our media partner. We are an extraordinary nation with truly unique food stories. We are not one thing. We are a unique combination of many people, ingredients, places and cultures, grounded in our connection to our land and ocean. We acknowledge Māori and the perspective they bring to better connect us with this place. Join us to celebrate!

Let us know if you have plans for Feast Matariki 2021

The Future is Local in Taranaki

Farming to Flourish - Celebrating Taranaki’s Local Producers

Last weekend in Oakura, 100 people gathered together to celebrate and acknowledge small-scale food producers in Taranaki. The event was a result of an 18 month long Massey University research project which found that locally grown food and small farmers are pivotal for building a resilient and thriving local economy.

Project co-leaders Professor Sita Venkateswar and Dr Nitha Palakshappa of Massey University found that the message from local growers was a priority to feed their local community first, rather than focus on exporting their produce. Professor Sita shared, “Our research demonstrated the ways Mana Kai, that nourishes people and environments, enables thriving local communities.”

In the room were representatives from Freeman Farms, Peihana Farm, NZ Plant & Food Research, Hua Parakore and ReGenerative Solutions. They spoke to urban and small scale farming, indigenous perspectives, innovative practices, and our CE Angela Clifford was also in attendance and spoke to the national food story and the context Taranaki plays as part of that.

The long local-lunch was created using food grown by small scale farmers and was celebrated by five Taranaki based chefs including Martin Wojniusz and Terry Parkes - Table Restaurant at Nice Hotel, Landon Elder - George's Moturoa, Jeremy Webling - Fork n Knife and Nico Vogliotti - Toret Cucina Italiana.

Not only did the menu celebrate local produce, it connected every dish directly back to whakapapa, the place from which it came… The small local producers included: Krakin Chillies, Kahu Glen, Oākura Māra Kai, Coastal Market Gardens, Freeman Farms, Batemans Bakery, Kaitake Farms, Emacadamia, Buckeye Products and Kaitake Fresh Milk. The future is local - has never felt more powerful and true.

Stuff.co.nz article: Taranaki's locally grown lunch

AgriFood Week

NZ Agrifood Week in Manawatu gave us the opportunity to vision a different narrative for New Zealand food. Our CE, Angela Clifford was asked to be a keynote speaker and she encouraged the Agribusiness sector to see a reordering of priorities as a form of innovation. Ensuring we have access to our own nutritious food to improve health outcomes for all New Zealanders, and a chance for self-determination for our local food communities. She also spoke to the importance of embracing a Te Ao Māori understanding of food, as a way of creating a more values-led framework moving forward.

A reminder of how unique our story is, and how it can powerfully contribute to everything we do, both here and overseas.

NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3

Did you know that a third of all food we produce is wasted from farm to fork? We have an opportunity in New Zealand to lead the world in sustainable food production and work towards - He taonga te kai - an Aotearoa where food is valued, not wasted. We are excited to share that our CE Angela Clifford has been announced as a new NZ Food Waste Champion of 12.3 @nzchampions123. Angela joins a 12 strong team of leaders from across all levels of the food system. You can find out about the rest of the NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3 here. Bringing a unique perspective from across all aspects of the New Zealand food and beverage landscape, and sees massive opportunity for food system change to help support the issue of food waste. Stay tuned.

Thank you to our Supporters!

We just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU, to those who stepped up at our call for help and jumped on board as either an Individual ($11.50/month) or Business Supporter ($30/month). This small monthly contribution allows us to keep moving forward and building on various food projects nationwide. Becoming an Eat New Zealand Supporter provides you with a FREE ticket to our Food Hui, it also puts you into the draw to win a NZ kete of ingredients. This month's winner is Ginny Grant, an OG supporter who has been with us from the very beginning. Her prize includes a gorgeous box of NZ goodies from a new Auckland-based business - Foraged & Curated. They create carefully foraged, thoughtfully curated gift boxes full of products proudly made by New Zealand businesses throughout Aotearoa.

- we heard that a few people had an issue signing up to become a supporter (particularly those looking to become a Business Supporter). If this was you - we apologise! We have fixed the issue and you can now sign up here. Also remember if you’re interested in partnering with us, don't hesistate to get in touch and we can send you more info... angela@eatnewzealand.nz

I'm ready to join the Eat New Zealand Supporters whānau!

Regional Food Events coming up:

A few food-focused events/festivals happening over the next month...

Meyer Cheese Melt Challenge, Waikato-wide, 1st - 31st May Back for another year, nineteen eateries are participating in 2021! You can pick up a Melt Map and get a sticker for each dish you try. Vote for your favourite cheese melt to help determine the People’s Choice Winner and go into the draw for one of 5 Meyer Cheese Hampers.

Waiheke Wine & Food Festival, 14th-16th May The inaugural festival, a three-day multi-site event, featuring over 10 vineyards, festival goers will experience the very best of what Waiheke Island is loved for – wine, food, live music and art exhibitions.

Veggie Basket Food Festival, Saturday 15th May Bringing together growers, foodies and the community to celebrate Pukekohe’s heritage and future as New Zealand’s food basket. With free entry, live music, markets, a wine bar, food trucks and a kids zone, everyone is welcome!

Bluff Oyster Food Festival, Saturday 22nd May A Southland food festival so popular, it's already sold out! Get it in your diary for 2022.

Remember if you have a food-centric event coming up - email: kate@eatnewzealand.nz

Food Hui 2021. 27th-28th Sept. Christchurch.

Save the date and put it in your calendar, so you don't miss being part of the most important food conversation in Aotearoa. Venue details coming soon.
As always we'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including ANZ, the Restaurant Association and the Ministry for Primary Industries.


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