Whakatāne tackles food sovereignty

Nándor Tánczos. Photo: Whakatane District Council

Like-minded residents interested in working together for food sovereignty are being invited to an upcoming hui in Whakatane.

Community initiative, ‘Greenprint for Whakatāne’ will hold the hui on Thursday, October 18.

The initiative launched earlier this year, with the purpose of making Whakatāne a more sustainable, resilient and regenerative place to live.

Greenprint enthusiast, Whakatāne District Councillor Nándor Tánczos, says food security is an issue that will be heavily impacted by climate change.

“Food sovereignty is about meeting food security through local production for local needs. It’s about resilience and control over what we eat.”

He says the upcoming hui will draw on ideas that were raised at the inaugural Greenprint for Whakatāne meeting.

“There are some exciting initiatives around food sovereignty already in motion in the District, from community events like crop swaps, to positive developments in the Kai Oranga programme at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

“We want this meeting to bring together home and commercial growers, distributors, foodies and chefs, educators, and WasteNot exponents to talk about what everyone is up to and how we can work together to make Whakatāne a food resilient district.

“The evening will consist of short, sharp and inspiring talks, a bit of kai to share and an opportunity to workshop our thoughts and ideas.”

Greenprint for Whakatāne will be held at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi – Noho Centre at 6:30pm on Thursday, 18 October.

For more information contact Whakatāne Ki Mua Coordinator Rebecca Mackay by email: or phone: 07 306 0500.

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Take a chill pill and relax.

Posted on 11-10-2018 23:36 | By Bay Citizen

It seems to me that "food sovereignty" is just a rather trendy lefty term for self-sufficiency, which needlessly usurps the idea of personal responsibility, but I guess that concept is not politically correct enough for those who believe obvious nonsense like "food security is an issue that will be heavily impacted by climate change". Maybe if you lived in marginal land near to the Sahara you’d be concerned about global warming, but in NZ? You really think warmer, wetter and higher CO2 levels are going to adversely affect plant growth and the stock that feeds on it? Seriously?

OMG !!

Posted on 11-10-2018 20:54 | By groutby that’s where he is now!..