Bay of Plenty

Western Bay of Plenty

The Western Bay of Plenty region extends along the coastal area of the Bay of Plenty from Waihi Beach to Paengaroa and Pukehina, and is flanked by the Kaimai range. It includes the thriving port of Tauranga, Aotearoa New Zealand’s fifth largest city, and largest export port, with a large urban population.

Significant areas of land are devoted to horticulture, with two major export crops: kiwifruit and avocado, centred around smaller centres, Te Puke and Katikati.

The volcanic soils are fertile and the sub-tropical climate ensures sunshine and rainfall that provide excellent growing conditions.

Gold kiwifruit (image credit tripadvisor.co.nz)

Kai Western Bay

Kai Western Bay is a food policy collective whose vision is to provide good kai for all in the Western Bay, by building pathways to nourishing, sustainably produced and culturally appropriate kai in our region.

We are a community-based collaborative group that incorporates these values: collaboration, sustainability, diversity, equity, and wellbeing. Our key focus areas are: access, engagement and resilience. We support the development of gardens in the community, work to eliminate food deserts, and aim to ensure that pollinator populations are healthy, to optimise land use and protect productive land, and ensure water is clean and accessible.

Kai Western Bay consists of an Advisory Group as well as a broader Network of Interest Groups.

The Advisory Group supports the growth and development of local grassroots food movements. It is responsible for developing a Strategic Plan each year, which identifies key focus areas, determines which stakeholders could be involved, implements a plan of action, and supports strategic advocacy efforts.

The Advisory Group meets once a month, and membership of the Advisory Group aims to promote a diversity of interests, backgrounds and skills, and is open to representatives from key stakeholders, including (but not limited to) local Councils, Sustainable Business Network, Envirohub, Good Neighbour (food rescue), Toi Ohomai, University of Waikato, local growers, and food retailers.

The Network of Interest Groups is open to all food-related grassroots organisations, and key stakeholders in the Western Bay of Plenty, and currently comprises a data base of xxx individuals, organisations and interest groups. The purpose of the Network of Interest Groups is to inform, educate, and promote awareness and knowledge of, and connection to, all food resources and groups/organisations.