Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Though a variety of initiatives it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It now boasts over 100,000 members in 153 countries.

Slow Food Auckland, formerly Slow Food Waitakere, is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mara kai – feeding our community

Press Release : Kaitaia, Far North, 21 December 2009

In the heartland of Ngati Hine in the small rural community of Motatau, the local school has traded in half their rugby field for an extensive mara kai or food garden.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the international slow food movement on “Terra Madre Day” in early December, the school hosted a planting day inviting the local community.

“It was a sheer labour of love sharing this project with our parents, extended whanau and local agencies but we have achieved alot for our tamariki” commented Principal Noeleen Paurini.

Cultivations of heritage corn, kumara, riwai, and the native American yakon were sponsored by Taitokerau Organic Producers and Te Waka Kai Ora, the national Maori organics authority. Machinery and additional ‘green thumbs’ were volunteered by local whanau with further support, funding and resources contributed by the Ngati Hine Health Trust.

Te Waka Kai Ora Chairperson Percy Tipene reflected on the day saying that the event epitomised the values of ata kai, slow food. “It’s about producing locally grown food to feed our community. People working together in this way is poetry in motion”.

Motatau Bilingual School is also a contender for the Manawhenua Challenge, a youth gardening competition in Taitokerau that has already identified a number of leading school, marae, and community-based land development projects currently underway.

Spanning several months from October 2009 to June 2010, Manawhenua Challenge organisers Taitokerau Organic Producers say that it gives participants at least 2-3 seasonal harvests.

“The challenge acknowledges planning, purpose and productivity on the land and how youth can actively contribute and lead projects” says Taitokerau Organic Producers chairperson Geneva Hildreth.

Principal Noeleen Paurini said the 30 children attending Motatau Bilingual School are simply looking forward to their first harvest. “Manawhenua is about teaching our children practical skills that were passed on to their parents. It is about celebrating our generations and ensuring the transfer of knowledge from our kuia and kaumatua.”

Schools, community groups, whanau and marae interested in registering a team in the Manawhenua Challenge should visit


Enquiries to Anna Tripp 021 0515583

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Greetings and Twilight Market

Seasons' Greetings


Come and join us at the Twilight Market
Wednesday 23 December from 5pm-8pm
at Oratia Farmers Market
99 Parrs Cross Rd, Oratia, Auckland, New Zealand

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Teacher's report on the Slow Food Waitakere gardening and cooking course for children

This first term started off how we continued, by eating food from out of the garden. The girls were all surprised at the amount of plants they could eat and add to drinks with many of them eating freshly picked peas for the first time. My best laid plans soon went out the garden gate as the girls expressed their favorite gardening activities which was sowing seeds, planting seedlings and eating. The small worm farm was set up in the third week and had even Prudece (not a worm lover) interested in the way the all squirmed around their new home and learning how to look after them. The girls all worked well towards growing plants from seeds to plant into their big pots and their home gardens. On the few rainy days we made the most of making yummy food in the Ranui community house kitchen and drawing what we had seen out in the garden.
Next term we will be havesting our popping corn, onions, beetroot, carrots, peas and beans and planting our winter crops of brasiccas, root vegies and some more of those really quick bok chow.
I am really proud of the amount the girls achieved in such a short amount of time (approx 2-3 hrs all up) and look forward to seeing their faces when they see what the tiny little plants have grown into.
Thank you to slow food Waitakere , in particular Karen, for the support and providing all of the important items needed for gardening. Thank you to Ranui community house for the use of the kitchen on the two days we were rained out of the garden. Thank you to RAP and the community gardens for being such a great place to grow and learn. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who came and helped especially Yuki.


Photos by Buffie Mawhinney

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Terra Madre Day Celebrations in Waitakere

Terra Madre Day with the Community Garden

Slow Food had a double celebration this year. The weekend preceding Terra Madre Day saw a community celebrating its garden and for us in Slow Food, celebrating the creation of our Slow Food plot in that garden and our first very successful class of children learning to grow their own food.

There were many visitors amazed at the work that had been done. The politicians present mentioned how good it was to see Slow Food complementing other community initiatives. They were impressed with us. Many guests were gifted half a cabbage (they were big) and an onion – all grown in the Slow Food plot.

We then feasted on delicious food grown in the garden – the children’s class made monstrous coleslaw with fresh cabbage, carrots and herbs and Karen made a broad bean dip with cumin and garlic and baked a loaf of rye bread to eat it with. Carlos and Chris planted beans and sweet peas around the edge of the fence. Alessandra did a great job talking to everyone about the benefits of joining Slow Food. Mimmo’s mouth watered as he eyed a few more artichokes ready for his delicate cooking.

The children made a scarecrow from old clothes and hay, buttons for eyes and mouth, and then raced around finding little gifts under the beetroot and silver beet leaves.

All in all it was a good day and for those of us in Slow Food, much more exposure for what we do and many positive comments about how we are doing it.

Karen Perri

Terra Madre Day at the Oratia Farmers Market

On Saturday 12 December Slow Food Waitakere celebrated Terra Madre Day at the local farmers market. We had a stall promoting Slow Food, and many visitors throughout the morning. Slow Food Waitakere members and producers received purple bean seedlings to put in their gardens, and we also distributed literature and info about Slow Food.
Thank you all for your support, and see you at the next event.

Alessandra Zecchini

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Terra Madre Day in Waitakere, Sunday 12 December

Saturday 12 December 2009

You are kindly invited to Oratia Farmers Market on Saturday, 12 December,
anytime from 9am to 12pm, to visit the Slow Food Waitakere Community Stall,
and celebrate Terra Madre Day with us.

Address: 99 Parrs Cross Rd, Oratia, Waitakere City, Auckland

We look forward to see you,

Slow regards

the Slow Food Waitakere Committee.


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