Kai Whau was initiated in 2014 and is a project funded by the Whau Local Board to support community-led initiatives that will share knowledge and increase access to good kai in the Whau area.
Every year the Kai Whau project aims to encourage and provide support for these local food initiatives. However, the process is a little bit different from normal funding application.
‘Community participatory budgeting’ is a process that gives interested community members an opportunity to have a say in how funds are allocated. People can nominate which projects they would most like to see supported, and their votes will help determine how the funding is allocated.
A panel of representatives actively involved in the wider Whau community will also be consulted - the point being to facilitate connections with other existing projects, thereby creating a support network to assist applicants in the implementation of their ideas.
"The voting process is also a great way for the applicants to articulate their idea to the community and to gain confidence to make it happen” says Anja Thomas who is the current Kai Whau co-ordinator.
The 11 different food initiatives include food preparation, creating recipes for food parcels, nutrition, kombucha, children’s eating habits, bee keeping, slow cooking, healthy lunch boxes, enjoying gluten free living, home composting and the full circle of growing, eating and returning food to the soil.
To read more about the initiatives and to vote, go to http://bit.ly/kaiwhauvote. Voting closes on 12 May 2019. To find out more about Kai Whau visit www.kaiwhau.org.nz.