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Food waste is a massive issue in New Zealand. According to Love Food Hate Waste NZ, every year Kiwis send 157,398 tonnes of food to landfill, all of which could have been eaten. Not only is wasting food costing us money, but it is also bad for the environment as food waste is a major contributor to climate change.

This is particularly true in Auckland where our wastage is higher than the national average. In Auckland, we’re wasting more than 15,000 loaves of bread per day – that’s enough to cross the Harbour Bridge three times.

Reducing food waste at home is easier than you think and can save you money too. Love Food Hate Waste has tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and save money.

Auckland Council has partnered with EcoMatters Environment Trust to deliver free, interactive, local workshops to help you make the most of your food before it becomes waste. Using Love Food Hate Waste principles, get started on your zero-waste cooking journey through learning about what we waste, why growing your own greens can make a difference and how creative cooking can make yesterday’s scraps or stalks a tasty new treat. Find events near you or an experienced facilitator to host a workshop for your group here.


Are you passionate about food and sustainability? Do you have a great initiative on how to reduce food waste in Auckland?

Auckland Council is giving away $50,000 to help Aucklanders reduce food waste. Grants from $500 to $5000 are available for projects that support people to make the most of our resources and stop throwing away food.

If you’re interested learning more about food waste prevention visit Click here to find out more about applying for funding