Along with other councils in the country, we're proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand campaign.

Love Food Hate Waste logoReducing food waste

Kiwi families throw out 79 kilos of uneaten food every year.  That’s about $560 and three trolley loads going straight into the red-lidded bin off to landfill.

Along with other councils in the country, we're proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand campaign, which aims to turn this problem around. Love Food Hate Waste will inform, inspire and enable Cantabrians to waste less food and save money.

The Love Food Hate Waste website(external link) is a great resource for all New Zealanders to use, with recipes, practical tools, tips and techniques to reduce your own food waste. 

The Council is partnering with organisations, community groups and food waste champions to deliver helpful workshops. We’ll also be getting out and about across the city with our Love Food Hate Waste stand at events throughout the year.  If you see us, please come and say hi. We’ll have information for you to take away, practical giveaways and competitions with great prizes.  

Love Food Hate Waste targets the problem of household food waste. There are simple things we can all do, which also save us money, so why not check out the website to learn how today.

For great food tips on saving costs and nourishing, low-cost recipes download this season's Easy Choice Family Kai [PDF, 19 MB]


Root to tip Root to Tip Challenge contestants

The Root to tip philosophy encourages young cooks to be resourceful with seasonal produce, using as much from each plant as possible e.g. leaf and root, fruit and peel, creating delicious meals with minimal waste. 

Schools students create a 2-course vegetarian menu that meets challenge criteria. Four finalist schools will be selected. Schools then choose two students to cook their menu and participate in a cooking challenge against other finalists.

The competition is open to year 7 and 8 students attending Canterbury Schools. The finals will be held on 22 June 2018 at Haeata Community Campus. 

Winners of the regional finals will be winging their way to Wellington for the competition finals judged by Al Brown.

Root to tip website(external link)


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Food lovers masterclass with Kate Meads

During these two-hour masterclasses, you will learn how to reduce your food waste through meal planning, smart shopping and smart storage.

You will learn about the first in first out approach/method, the difference between use by and best before dates and when all else fails, the last resort options.

You will take home a gift from the Council of $100 worth of goodies designed to help you reduce your food waste.

There are currently no scheduled Food Lovers Masterclasses, but future masterclasses will feature on Council events.