Growing Food – Growing Community

This year in Kaiapoi the 4 September anniversary of the Canterbury earthquakes is being symbolised in a way which will connect community in a meaningful way for now and in the future. An invitation is being extended to the community to the opening and planting day for the Kaiapoi Food Forest on Saturday 16 September from 10am – 2pm.

AppleTreeHandsA community food forest is one of the green space land uses identified for the Kaiapoi East Regeneration Area in Waimakariri’s Recovery Plan. The Plan was approved by the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration in December 2016. Establishing a food forest on Kaiapoi’s red zone land was a popular request during the community consultation undertaken by Waimakariri District Council in 2015 and 2016.

“This food forest will be the first of its kind to be established in the Waimakariri District,” says Al Blackie, chairperson, Regeneration Steering Group. “It seems very fitting for our community to be given this opportunity to manage an area of former red zone land and for the food forest to be the first regeneration project underway for Kaiapoi.  The Kaiapoi Food Forest will encourage a lot of people to visit this area, whether to see what it’s all about, get involved or just pick an apple. “

The Kaiapoi Food Forest will be managed by a Trust who will have a Licence to Occupy land with the Waimakariri District Council. The area of land is approximately 1.5 acres and is bounded by Cass Street, Meadow Street, Oram Place and a yet to be built new road. The location is near to the recently reopened St Bartholomew’s Church on Cass Street in Kaiapoi.

The Trust’s values of connecting, nourishing, educating and inspiring resonate well with people and in a short space of time they have formed invaluable connections with many local people, community groups, schools and businesses.

More information about how to get involved with the community opening and planting day on Saturday 16 September is available at

Media contact:

Al Blackie - 027 327 6761
Chair, Regeneration Steering Group
Waimakariri District Council