Status Underway

Start Date August 2022

Due Date July 2024

Lead Organisation

Te Whatu Ora


  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


Regional Food System Strategy

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Regional Food System Strategy

This project is designed to develop our region’s first Regional Food System Strategy. This is an opportunity to foster a sustainable, locally-based, and equitable food system.

Project aims
  • 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.”

Why do we need a Regional Food System Strategy?
Current state of our region’s food system
  • In 2021/22, 17% of Kiwi children lived in households where food runs out sometimes or often, despite New Zealand producing enough food to feed 40 million. 
  • Each year, we throw away enough food to feed half the population of our region for one year.
  • In the Wellington region, 1 in 4 children experience food insecurity. The stats are worse for Pacific children.
  •  How our food system is managed is currently having significant impacts on the environment and is a challenge for achieving food security, for example outdated agricultural practices, industrial food production, contributing significantly to climate emissions and land for food production being lost.
  • Our current food system is based on a linear take-make-waste model in which resources are used and then thrown away. This approach depletes soil nutrients, uses up natural resources and releases harmful greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.
  • Local food opportunities have been impacted by supermarkets and corporates that have dominated profit-drive food systems, resulting in local food producers struggling to compete.


Our vision for our region’s food system
  • To shift our regional food system to one that is sustainable, equitable, and locally-based for the wellbeing of our people and our environment.