Free Food New Zealand


Free Food New Zealand

A group dedicated to the spread of the growth of free food in all human settlements. Free public food forests, community gardens, home gardens, edible landscaping and any other means that gets the idea that food should be freely available across.

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Members: 82
Latest Activity: Nov 29, 2014

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Manual for creating a community Food Forest on public land 3 Replies

I developed a "Manual for creating a community Food Forest on public land" YOU want create a community Food Forest on public land.You read…Continue

Tags: land, public, Forest, Food, community

Started by Andy. Last reply by Teiny Winehausen Jun 9, 2013.

Identify mushrooms 1 Reply

Please help to identify the mushrooms that grow at Awhi Farm. …Continue

Started by Andy. Last reply by Kelly Ronayne May 11, 2013.

Food freedom - food sovereignty - "free" trade must end!

Please sign this petitions oooby members!…Continue

Tags: justice, trade, sovereignty, food

Started by Andrea Brower May 11, 2012.

So how are freedom forests going? 5 Replies

I went to an "exhibition" a year ago and supported a submission to Christchurch City council to develop freedom fruit parks in poor suburbs, does any one now where this is at nationally?Very keen to…Continue

Started by George Aorangi Stanley. Last reply by Diane Emerson Apr 26, 2011.

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Comment by Andy on November 4, 2012 at 7:38pm
The Hawea Flat Domain Food Forest project is now seeking $1,160 to buy the plants for the first 700m² cluster.
Please spread the word.

Comment by Isa on May 23, 2012 at 2:34pm

Hi, I've just started a PhD looking at free food and food democratisation.  I'm just in the process of figuring out what I want to focus on and explore and am open to ideas. This is my research blog:

Comment by RaVeN on April 4, 2012 at 10:50am


I am looking for someone to interview on edible landscaping in Auckland. Please ph me on 09 4422513



Comment by fiona watt on March 21, 2012 at 9:23pm

HI guys, I am all in favour of free food in all our communities and wish the councils to plant out our parks with fruit trees as well as the natives.  You can have a say on that by submission as the AK council is calling for submissions for their draft longterm plan for AK, Also, If you have a wish to promote a GE free NZ now is your opportunity to have your say. Please read the following and send in a submission if you agree, only hurry as submissions close 24th march 2012.

Please make a submission for the Auckland Council Plan to protect GE-Free food production

Submissions close at 4pm on Friday 23 March.

Use the example points below to write your own submission which can be made on-line through the council website

or just email to:



Subject: Submission to LTCCP Auckland City

Include your

Name/ contact address/ email

Dear Councillors

This submission to the LTCCP 2012/22 relates specifically to keeping Auckland GE-free and addressing community concerns about GMO’s.

The Plan must reflect the health, cultural, economic, and sustainability benefits to Auckland’s diverse communities of preserving local GE-Free food production and the natural environment.

I support a vision for Auckland City that is strongly committed to environmental action and green growth, and ask that The Plan include a strong precautionary GE policy.

Auckland Council should extend the outright prohibition of all GMO land use and GMO aquaculture that is already in place in the Auckland City Council District Plan “Hauraki Gulf and Islands”.

I strongly support Auckland City being a full member of the Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation and Management Options. Funds should be budgeted to ensure that our city can fully participate in the analysis on GMOs and work with other local authorities for the interests of residents.

The Plan should include a precautionary approach and prohibit GMO release because current legislation exposes local communities and ratepayers to unacceptable longterm risks and costs. These risks are recognised as a concern by Local Government NZ and by independent scientists monitoring current failures in regulation of GMOs.

I am concerned that officials have excluded previous submissions to The Plan asking for  Auckland Council’s protection of GE-free production for residents and businesses. Council officials have been wrong to ignore public submissions by claiming the matter is the sole jurisdiction of Central Government.

I request to be kept informed of changes to The Plan as a result of submissions on community  GMO concerns.

I would / would not  like to speak to this submission at hearings in person.


 'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered...' 

Thomas Jefferson... 1802





Comment by RaVeN on December 18, 2011 at 12:34pm
Comment by Helen Power on October 24, 2011 at 3:33pm
The Nelson Growables have organised a bicycle tour to show where the community orchards are around Nelson from 5pm 8 November and 1.30pm on 12 November.  Details on
Comment by Robyn Guyton on October 23, 2011 at 3:45am
I know Nelson city has a map where all the roadside and community fruit trees are,  So maybe ask through the Nelson Enviro Centre if the know of others that have done this in NZ.
Comment by Di Celliers on October 22, 2011 at 10:50pm

I would love to see all the schools have fruit trees. They could be taught how to care for the trees and how to make cordial and marmalade and jam etc with the fruit. 

I am also trying to map out all the community fruit trees on the North Shore - does anyone know if this has been done before?

Comment by Robyn Guyton on April 13, 2011 at 2:57am

Many Southland Communities have or are creating community gardens and community orchards.  We have 18 schools with orchards as well now.

Mataura is going for it with two community gardens and several orchards planned abound the town including espaliered fruit trees along children's playground fence.

If you want to be involved with these projects contact the South Coast Environment Centre

Comment by Frances Hudson on November 27, 2010 at 7:51am
yes, for the official process. We are trying to set one up in Island Bay/ Berhampore see us at!/pages/Community-Orchard-Berhampore-Island-Bay/108166475875881

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