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NZer of the Year & National Food Security

NZer of the Year & National Food Security

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I’m excited to see that Professor Rangi Mātāmua was awarded the title of New Zealander of the Year last night. I have a small insight into how hard he has worked to raise awareness of Matauranga Māori, particularly Māori Astronomy and Matariki. I will forever be grateful for his generosity and patience as we developed Feast Matariki. Ngāi mihi nui ki a koe. E te kāhu kōrako!

I know this will be a celebration for all those who support his work as well and particularly want to acknowledge Victoria Campbell, Ngāi Tahu Māori Astronomer.

It’s been a big fortnight in our world as we continue to press for a national food strategy and for all of us to consider the importance of food security in the face of the cost of living crisis, natural disasters and geo-political tensions.

How do we create space for local food when our food system is dominated by export and a supermarket duopoly? Interestingly, I’ve had conversations with both exporters and supermarkets this week and those representing them can see value in allowing thriving local food systems. Grateful for the attention of media (see below) and the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Agriculture about food security.

If you have a voice, I encourage you to speak up now for access to nourishing food that feeds us physically, culturally and socially. Collectively we have a real opportunity for change.

Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand. @eat.newzealand

#KnowYourFarmer #KnowYourFisher #EatNZGrains #GrowFoodCommunities #EatNZKaitaki #RepurposeTheSurplus #LotOfLittle #Biodiversity #FeastMatariki

Tune in to hear Angela's full Interview on RNZ

Farmers' Markets Cheaper!

On the back of National Farmers' Market Week in Aotearoa last week, a recent survey done throughout the country conducted by Farmers’ Markets New Zealand (FMNZ) revealed that buying fresh food directly from the grower or producer costs less money than buying the same basket of goods from the supermarket.

Farmers Market NZ chair Jono Walker shared...“This doesn’t even consider that the food from markets is much fresher, meaning it lasts longer once it’s taken home. There is less food waste in these short distribution chains. Being able to speak directly to the farmer, grower or producer, people can ask questions about how their food was grown, and more money is returned to local communities.”

Read the full MEDIA RELEASE and check out the Stuff.co.nz story.

Take me to the Stuff Article on Farmers' Markets

Kaitaki Harvest Stories

It's the height of harvest season for so much food in Aotearoa. To celebrate this abundance, we've asked our #EatNZKaitaki to share their experiences and stories of harvest during this busy time of year.

In our latest Kaitaki Kōrero (via Zoom), we connected over bumper crops and low yields, were enlightened by the effect of diverse microclimates across the country and we reflected on the loss and impact these recent weather events have had on so many.

It’s been a fascinating topic. One that's sparked questions and reflections as our Kaitaki interpret and explore this idea of harvest (or non-harvest) in their own communities.

Take me to the #EatNZKaitaki Harvest Stories

Get your #EatNZKaitaki WOAP Tix

Now is the time to secure your ticket to our Eat New Zealand Kaitaki event, as part of the May Edition of VISA Wellington on a Plate. We're really looking forward to bringing you a unique and truly collaborative dining experience.

Thursday 11th May: 6.30pm - late. Venue: LTD, Level 1 Dixon St, Te Aro

Join us for a five-course feast created by Eat NZ Founder, Giulio Sturla alongside young chefs from within our Eat NZ Kaitaki cohort including: Max Gordy, Jack Shewell, Ellis Robbins, Nikos Moraitis and Baxter Neil.

As part of the event we'll also be highlighting the amazing food producers from within our Eat NZ Kaitaki collective and beyond - including Tora Collective, Mangaroa Farms and Cranky Goat. We're grateful to have the support of Freedom Farms for this event. Book your tickets here.

Take me to the tickets for the Kaitaki WOAP Event

We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners including the Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, Our Land and Water & Foundation for Arable Research.


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