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Healthy Families Rotorua, in partnership with Waiariki BoP Polytechnic, Rotorua Lakes Council and Toi Te Ora Public Health is running a FREE two-part event that will showcase inspiring examples of food social enterprises from around New Zealand – enterprises that are good for the community and good for the environment!
Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss these enterprises as well as their own ideas with people who have ‘been there and done that’, and are keen to share their knowledge and learning with others.
This exciting event will be beneficial to anyone interested in learning about or establishing a food-related enterprise that benefits their local community. The afternoon session in particular will be of interest to school teachers, principals and board of trustee members.
Morning Session (8.30am-12.30pm): Showcasing community-based food enterprises
Kākano Café & Cookery School (Christchurch) - Jade Temepara will share her extensive experience with social enterprise, food and organic gardening.
Cultivate Waste (Christchurch) - Louis Go will share is entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, and talk about how Cultivate Waste got started, and grew to become part of Cultivate Christchurch.
Brown Owl Organics (Rotorua) - Janine Cotter will showcase our own local organic food club and social enterprise, Brown Owl Organics
Shake Up (Rotorua) - Matt Browning, will share his passion for social enterprise and how this led to the establishment of Shake Up, an enterprise that aims to educate and develop youth skills and employability by selling something we all love - coffee!
The National Good Food Network (Auckland) - Emily Dowding-Smith from the Sustainable Business Network will share with us the work that she has been undertaking in establishing a national food network to share and grow knowledge of food systems.
Afternoon Session (1pm-4.30pm): Showcasing school-based food enterprises
CommonUnity Project Aotearoa (Lower Hutt) - Julia Milne from CommonUnity, based at Epuni School, will wow you with the amazing achievements of CommonUnity, that started as a school garden, and grew into so much more.
Ka Pai Kai (Tokoroa) - Zaynel Sushil will present the Ka Pai Kai school lunch enterprise, that started in the local hospital kitchen, and transformed into a community-based social enterprise providing healthy lunches to children at over 8 schools in Tokoroa
Please note - if you wish to attend the afternoon session on school-based food enterprise ONLY, please register your attendance seperately here.
This event was an initiative of the Rotorua Local Food Network.
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Healthy Families Rotorua
Healthy Families Rotorua works collaboratively with local leaders to identify, design and implement changes in community settings such as early childhood centres, schools, workplaces, food outlets, sports clubs, marae, businesses, and places of worship to help people make healthier choices.
The goal is to slow the growth of obesity and prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer by supporting families and communities to live healthier lives.