"Ko te wai te toto o te whenua
Ko te whenua te toto o te tangata"

As water is the blood of the land
So the land is the blood of humanity


A big thank you to the trusts and funding bodies that support us.



Rotorua Boys’ High School

Since forming as Kai Rotorua Inc in 2017, students and support staff at Rotorua Boys’ High School have worked alongside us at the planting of kumara seed, planting kumara tipu (seedling) before helping each year with harvesting the kumara.


In 2019 Boys’ High teamed up with SCION in Unlocking Curious Minds a 3D science project funded by the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment using 3D printing technology to replicate a number of kumara varieties we have planted.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

With whom we also have an informal working relationship provide Kai Rotorua with in-kind support including access to Faculty Leaders, student research assistance, meeting room facilities, storage, transport, milling facilities which in the current climate of restructuring works rather well.

Rotorua Lakes Council

Provide funding through its Neighbouring Matching Fund, advice, access to meeting room facilities and a number of other resources. Kai Rotorua is working actively with Council to secure land on which it proposes building a local Food Hub. The Farmers Market another of Rotorua Lakes Councils’ city initiatives. Kai Rotorua have supported the Market and they have worked closely alongside us.

Te Puea Orchards, John Paul College, Western Heights High School, Te Maioha o Parekarangi Youth Justice Facility, Toi Te Ora Public Health, Healthy Families Rotorua, Te Puni Kokiri, Te Arawa Whanau Ora, Mokoia Intermediate, Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Koutu, Best Start Kindergarten and Nga Kakano o Apumoana (Elstree Kindergarten) have all supported Kai Rotorua growing and harvesting kumara.

Trade Supporters

Thanks to these great companies for donating goods or service.



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Personal Donations

We are also happy to accept donations from individuals who would like to support the cause of bringing youth back to the soil. Please contact us to make arrangements.