COME TOGETHER &
DO SOMETHING GOOD
NAU MAI HAERE MAI
WELCOME TO KURA KAI
At Kura Kai we live by the value of manaakitanga (generosity and care for others) with a simple kaupapa of “Whānau cooking for Whānau”.
We do this by raising funds to purchase chest freezers, which we donate to the High Schools we support. We then build a local community of volunteers who give their time, money and resources to cook nutritious family meals to help keep the freezers well stocked.
Each school is then responsible for identifying the need and distributing the meals to support our rangatahi and their whānau.
We have chosen to support secondary schools because we know how important a completed secondary education is to the future of our rangatahi.
We also want to encourage the practice of manaakitanga in our rangatahi and teach them the value of “Caring for their Community”. We do this by asking them to look out for tāngata, whānau, kaumātua that need support within their community and to use Kura Kai as an offering to those they see in need.
Our volunteers are the heart of our organisation and we would not be able to provide the care and support for our community, without them. Our volunteers demonstrate true Manaakitanga and embody this value in all they do for Kura Kai. Simply, our volunteers dip into their pockets and hearts to contribute to our work of “Whaanau cooking for Whaanau”.
To teach our rangatahi the value of manaakitanga, caring for themselves and their community by providing whaanau with lovingly prepared meals.
Our Kura Kai logo reflects how much manaakitanga means to us as an organisation. We believe in the power of kindness and generosity and also know the importance of showing respect and maintaining mana. We seek to empower rangatahi through the choice of helping others.
"This is an awesome initiative that we see the benefit from daily"
Since having Kura Kai at our college, we have noticed that the connections that we can build with whanau have been that much better. We have the resource on hand to directly help whanau who are struggling with the range of bills and expenses that they have. Our team who connects with our community are contacted discretely to support certain whanau and students, and they approach each situation with a skilled social nuance that not only supports but uplifts each whanau. This is an awesome initiative that we see the benefit of daily through students who know that we care as a college, through students that have a more nutritious and stable dinner and through students who have a grateful attitude for the generosity of others to support them.”
Principal, Bishop Viard College, Porirua
"It's such a comfort to know that there are meals here for some of or Rangatahi and their Whānau"
“The wider Ōtūmoetai College whānau and community are very grateful for the blessings you and your team provide for us, filling some spaces in our puku, and on our tables. It’s such a comfort to know that there are meals here for some of our rangatahi and their whānau on those light weeks. I hope you understand the depth of love we have for all that your team does, not for any glory – just because you saw a need and you work hard to address it – amazing stuff”
"Our Whānau and students of Putaruru College have appreciated Makaia and all of the wonderful helpers in our community"
“Our whanau and students of Putaruru College have appreciated Makaia and all the wonderful helpers in our community in providing meal packs to feed their whanau. Words can not express how much they have loved the meals and appreciate the kindness given to those in such a time of need”
Assistant Principal, Putaruru College.
"Our families who need support at present are very grateful for the kindness shown."
“On behalf of the students and whānau associated with Te Puke High School, I want to thank Makaia Carr and her team for providing Kura Kai.
Our families who need support at present are very grateful for the kindness shown. These meals are amazing.
The meals have been made with manaakitanga (love and compassion) and provide a very practical way to support the immediate needs of some of our families.
Once again thank you very much.”
Principal at Te Puke High School