Northland is the country’s northernmost region. The region includes the Far North, Whangarei and Kaipara District Councils. The Māori name Tai Tokerau extends beyond the regional boundary to encompass the southern part of the Northland peninsula, including the Kaipara catchment.

Fig 1. Where Tasman Sea and Pacific ocean Meets

From a food perspective, Northland can grow a wide range of subtropical and tropical fruits with bananas and pineapple now in the early stages of commercial development. From a climate change perspective, Northland is particularly vulnerable as we have 2000 km of coast and harbor shoreline (The Kaipara harbor has the world’s longest shoreline. As the closest to the equator we are in the front line for adverse weather events and tropical pests and diseases. Our household incomes are the lowest in the country. (Read more about Northland at Wikipedia)

Upcoming Events

Million Meters Planting Day

Get ready to restore our waterways at Northland’s iconic waterways as million trees are stocked to plant on tributary of Whangarei falls on 6th July 2019 partnering Sustainable business Network & led by team whitebait connection.

Fig 2. Community Engagement Activity

Register yourself now


Feast Matariki  

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Fig 3. Feast Matariki Information

Feast Matariki is a non-profit food movement evolved to connect people to the land as it is believed that home grown produce is world class without a doubt and bring ourselves closer to the source.

Matariki means seven stars or renowned as god’s eyes and feast (food) grown in front of gods eyes gives us satisfaction and respect to our spirit.

There are around 100 great food events happening across New Zealand in June & July assisting all the aspects of food presented by Eat New Zealand which are worth your time to explore.

Check details here to find out about events happening near you

Food Rescue Northland

Food rescue Northland is a donation based organisation who provided 19 thousand meals to Northland houses last year. Currently operating with food waste and treatable food providing to needy families and houses.

Fig 4. Food Rescue Northland

Food rescue is supported by Food suppliers across Northland like New World, local supermarket owners and small to medium shops. Community providers like food banks, Churches, Marae, schools and Partners like citizens advise bureau, one double five and Whangarei district council.

This is another move towards sustainable food future reducing waste, maintenance of food and treating the needy for much needed FOOD.

Click here to read about them

 Read More Food Stories Here Northland food stories


This web page includes sub pages about Northland’s food systems including:

Food Policy in Northland

Also search for the “Northland” category in blogs.

Local Food Northland webpage and Conference 2017

The conference pages include video of conference presentations including Anne Palmer of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Barbara Burlingame.