The Waikato Kai Challenge

from hunger to food security

The Kai Challenge describes the work towards the Waikato Wellbeing Project’s target that

“Our children can thrive because none are hungry at school or cold at home. They can afford to participate in social, artistic, cultural and sporting activities.”

The goal is that, by 2030, fewer than 1% of children in the Waikato will live below the poverty line.

The need for food crisis response operations grew rapidly during the early days of the pandemic. Rather than abating as the threat of disease wanes, the demand for services provided by these operations have instead steadily grown. In this new, post-acute phase of the pandemic, local and national discourse is now focused on moving away from crisis response and into a systems discussion. The conversation needs to be about food security – “having easy access to enough healthy food every day.

Next steps for the kai challenge:

  1. Develop a picture of the systems currently in use around the region to support our conversations about the future.

  2. Engage our imaginations and describe the food futures we want.

  3. Encourage the conditions for new food systems that reflect our aspirations – we need lots of courageous, adventurous innovators to bridge the gap between where we are and where we want to be.

For the WWP Kai Challenge, this means involving people from a wider spectrum of the food network from production, through distribution, to consumption.

If you want to be involved in this work, get in touch!

Hunger and Poverty (SDGs 1,2)

An update by Dr Amber Hammill, Kai Challenge Activator The WWP identified SDGs 1 and 2 as major priorities at the commencement of our implementation phase in 2021. Across 2023 we have engaged withRead more

Kia Ora and Welcome Dr Rebekah Graham

In August we were excited to welcome Dr Rebekah Graham to our Kaitiaki Advisory Board. Rebekah has a passion for community wellbeing and expertise in various interconnected areas, namely foodRead more

Waikato Kai Challenge

Thanks to the many people who took the time to share their work with me over the Winter, the Kai Challenge comes into the Spring with a path forward into the next phase of the work. The big message fRead more

Poutoko: Impact Project Update - Waikato Kai Challenge

An Update from Kai Challenge Project Activator: Amber HammillRead more

Welcome Amber Hammill

We’re extremely delighted to announce the appointment of Amber Hammill as Project Lead for the Waikato Kai Challenge. Amber, an Australian who moved to New Zealand from Europe in the late 2010s,Read more

Poutoko: Impact Project Update - Waikato Kai Challenge

As reported previously, we held a kai workshop with 28 stakeholders with an interest in the Waikato food system early this year. We were interested in how the Waikato kai system works and what needs Read more

The Waikato Kai Challenge Project Activator 

12 month role | 20-25 hrs per week Flexible Work Options Available Are you an experienced Project Manager looking for a role where you can use your creative thinking and strong people skillsRead more

The Waikato Kai Challenge | He wero whai hua

The WWP has an ambitious goal of reducing child poverty in the Waikato region to less than 1% and eliminating child hunger by 2030 and a vision that “Our children can thrive because none are hungryRead more

Waikato Kai Challenge | He wero whai hua

The Waikato Kai Challenge is our initiative to understand how we might end hunger in the Waikato using our operating model, adapted and led by our manu taki.  The WWP has a target of reducing theRead more

The Waikato Kai Challenge - How might we end Hunger in the Waikato?

Our Manu Taki for SDG 1 and 2 Anna Casey-Cox, Norm Hill, Ioana Manu, Cilla Abbott and Rob Hoy are active in many aspects of achieving no poverty and zero hunger. They are actively engaged in servicRead more
Get involved with the Waikato Rangatahi Opportunity

in the Waikato Kai Challenge

Our children can thrive because none are hungry at school or cold at home. They can afford to participate in social, artistic, cultural and sporting activities.

None of our children are hungry
*this is the before-housing cost relative poverty measure, it is 1 in 4 once housing costs are accounted for