Heritage & Mahinga Kai

Eight hectares of public reserve that will provide space for traditional mahinga kai activities, cultural and social activities including natural play, education and learning. It will be a unique recreation area with walking and cycling trails and a heritage trail.

Mahinga kai is more than a customary food source. It shows how cultural beliefs and practices of mana whenua and Ngāi Tahu are linked to te ao tūroa, which is exercised by kaitiakitanga. Mahinga kai describes the natural resources that mana whenua gather through their takiwā as well as the places and practices that they use in doing so. It is also an integrated management concept that focuses on the protection and sustainable use of resources.


  • To restore what has been lost.
  • To re-establish an edible forest focusing two key plant communities - a wetland and a podocarp forest.
  • To recognise and celebrate the natural heritage of Kaiapoi.
  • To enable mana whenua and the people of Kaiapoi to nurture, experience and enjoy their natural heritage.