Kai Conscious Cafe

Every Friday from 11am - 2pm.

Food Act

Kai Conscious Cafe is one of tastiest projects as it’s all about FOOD!

We have partnered up with eight amazing businesses: Franco’s la Panciteria, Hot Shot Cafe, Foursquare, Countdown, Sophia’s Gourmet Food, The Organic Shop, Fenice Restaurant and  The Budgeting Service that chose to donate their less desirable food to our FREE community cafe. We host a free lunch every Friday from 11am-2pm anyone and everyone is invited to help us cook up a feast, we have a dedicated ‘waste-not’ chef Kathy Voyles who teaches new recipes and guides people in their cooking.

Your safety is in our hands, to provide the highest level of safety and best practise in our kitchen, we follow the NZ Food Act as a guideline; however, the Food Act does not apply to us as we don't ever sell food at the Kai Conscious Cafe.

As part of our ethos we don't accept meat donations, to make sure there is no risk of contamination, but we are happy to relocate any donations to a good home.

Once a business has donated food to us they are no longer liable for what happens to it.

We are following the3 Cs to keep us safe from bugs in food and to reduce the chances of food poisoning.

3 Cs

(1) Cleaning

Hands needs to be cleaned before you are allowed to work/cook in the kitchen.

The cooking area and tools need to be cleaned immediately after using.

(2) Chill

The fridge is always between 2-5 degrees to make sure no harmful bacteria can grow.

(3) Cook

The food is cooked thoroughly to make sure all harmful bacteria get killed.

Yellow Dahl Lemon Zesty Soup

Serves 4 Total time 10-15 minutes Ingredients 1 onion chopped finely 1 lemon zested and juiced (more if you really like lemons) 2 large cloves minced garlic 1/2 tsp turmeric 3 veggie stock cubes dissolved in 3 cups of hot water 1/2 average sized ginger root (or as much as you fancy) 1/2 cup yellow dahl […]


We accept donations in any form, whether it be helping prepare the meal beforehand, cleaning up afterwards, monetary donations, or food donations.

100% of the donations will go to Kai Conscious Cafe.

By donating you keep the project sustainable.


Huge thank you to the following business who contribute donations every week!

4 square
Gulf foods
farm stall
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