Wed, 29 Sept


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Aotearoa Kai Journey Event

Join us to explore the Aotearoa Kai Journey, an initiative taking a community grounded and social impact design and innovation approach to redesigning the food system in Aotearoa.

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Aotearoa Kai Journey Event

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29 Sept 2021, 3:00 pm – 30 Sept 2021, 4:00 pm

Online Event - you will be sent a link

About the Event

Update - due to the current lockdown, we have new event dates, and the event will be online. 

Our food ecosystem is not thriving, not for people, not for the planet. Our food system is not broken; it is working exactly as it was designed. To create a thriving food system for the future, one that is ecologically sustainable and socially equitable, we need to redesign it.

We would love for you to join us to explore the Aotearoa Kai Journey, an initiative taking a community grounded and social impact design and innovation approach to redesigning the food system in Aotearoa. What sits at the heart of the journey is community, culture and collaboration. 

Rākau Tautoko and The Good Fale lead the journey, Social Enterprises that focus on empowering community-led projects and social impact design, innovation and systems change.  

Within the journey are five core projects, Aotearoa Kai Platform, the Kai Collective Project, Our Remainders x AKJ, Research and Publications & The Kai Co-op. Each project area has its own partners, stakeholders, and goals and takes a different approach to solve food systems challenges and create impact that journeys to the thriving food future and system we wish to see. It is an interconnected and woven approach to systems change. 

This event is for any project, agency, practitioner, community, or community member engaged or interested in thriving food futures and systems. If you want to understand, connect with, collaborate in, or partner with the overall journey or one or more of the initiative areas, then please join us at this event. 


The Wednesday event is where Rākau Tautoko and The Good Fale will walk attendees through the journey and the five project areas and have tangible ways people can interact with the projects. We encourage anyone attending a Thursday session to participate in this event as it will provide a foundation for both Friday sessions.

On Thursday, we have two sessions:

Session is for any academics who are interested in this space for research purposes. The Good Fale currently has two Master's projects that are focused on the Aotearoa Kai Journey. However, many students and institutes have contacted us who wish to explore working alongside the project for their food security, food sovereignty and food systems academic work. This session will explore how we can work collaboratively in this space and provide space for academics to connect.

Session Two is invite-only. There are 4 one-hour sessions with any people and partners that are interested in collaborating with the Aotearoa Kai Journey and activities. If you wish to, or currently do, collaborate and partner in the Aotearoa Kai Journey and project areas these sessions are for you. Please indiciate on your event rego if you would like to take part in this. 

A  brief pre-event overview of the five project areas is below.

Each of the areas weaves in with each other to create impact and change, and the interconnected approach enables us to work with stakeholders and partners across multiple areas.

The Kai Collective Project is one of the catalyst projects for the journey. The Kai Collective is 11 local groups and leaders who provide food support in the communities across Maungakiekie-Tāmaki in Auckland. Over the last year, the Collective has helped get over 100 tonnes of food to those who most need it. Historically and still, women, Māori and Pasifika are the groups most vulnerable to the inequity of the food system; these groups are also who lead the Kai Collective. This project is a cultural and community response to redefining the transactional food support space and taking bold moves to shift from food insecurity to food security and sovereignty through innovative and systemic approaches to address the inequity of the food system.

Aotearoa Kai Platform: Using technology as a lever for change, the Aotearoa Kai Platform is building an online space that supports practitioners and stakeholders engaged in food security, food sovereignty and redesigning the food system. In late 2021 a core group of stakeholders, each representing a different lens and voice of the food system, will take part in a design sprint and work alongside a tech company to build the Aotearoa Kai Platform.

Research and Publications: We have two academic research projects focused on the work of the Aotearoa Kai Journey. We focus on how research and data can help create a thriving food story and system, from the grassroots and community to legislation and policy. This project space also looks to explore how we can support other academics and researchers working in the areas of food security, food sovereignty, and food systems.

Our Remainders x AKJ: Our Remainders is a project line of The Good Fale that looks at closing the loop of systems through a lens of social impact, innovation and social enterprise. Our Remainders x AKJ collaboration focuses on creating infrastructure and partnerships to reimagine closing the loop in the food system. Our Remainders x AKJ looks at diverse ways to reimagine food surplus and food by-products. From creating purpose-built commercial kitchen spaces for communities and projects to cook with surplus food to developing new products in collaboration with other agencies or using insects to create a value-added product that reduces carbon emissions and enables food surplus not to become food waste. Our Remainders x AKJ is a highly collaborative and ambitious project we are excited to see come to life.

The Kai Co-op

The Kai Co-op is a space where communities can build and explore food stories, food security, food sovereignty and thriving local food ecosystems together. The Kai Co-op supports projects and practitioners working in the space of food insecurity, food security and food sovereignty to keep learning and growing in how food can play a central part in building social equity, social justice and thriving futures. The Co-op has upcoming collaborative projects for members to engage in together and a library of resources and access to food for community events where food is used as a tool to gather, celebrate and create community connection.


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    Aotearoa Kai Journey - Main Event

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