Status Underway

Start Date August 2022

Due Date July 2024

Lead Organisation/s

Te Whatu Ora

Regional Food System Strategy

Developing a Regional Food System Strategy is an opportunity to foster a sustainable, locally-based, and equitable food system.

This project aims to:

  • Create an actionable plan that prioritises food security, food sovereignty, economic opportunities and community wellbeing through sustainable and local methods that benefit all aspects of health
  • Strengthen community, iwi and council partnerships across the region
  • Embed mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori concepts of food sustainability. Support opportunities for the Māori food economy as determined by Māori
  • Inform future policy on aspects such as urban development, economic planning and climate change

A number of regional complementary initiatives and approaches including increased supply and demand for local, seasonal, affordable and low carbon food and reducing/preventing food wastage.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourouka ora ai te iwi. “With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.”


  1. Produce a spatial plan of the region’s productive land
  2. Deliver engagement and workshops to support project deliverables
  3. Design an approach to prioritise local, seasonal and low carbon food and achieving food affordability, security and resilience
  4. Develop the final Regional Food Systems Strategy (RFSS)
  5. Develop a FSS Implementation Plan