They help ensure the smooth running of comms and operations for Kura Kai volunteers and our partnered High Schools across Aotearoa.

They will open their homes to receive and store meal drop offs from our volunteers every week and if they are able to, will even come and collect meals for people that need it. 

They build strong relationships and liaise with the schools on how the freezers are looking, any feedback on meals and post in the group when the next round of meals will be needed.

They will also record your names and meal donations for our records. 

Please remember their roles are voluntary as well, so any help with getting your meals to them prior to the school drop off would be hugely beneficial. Some of our coordinators have a Kura Kai freezer at their homes so can store your meals for you in between drop offs.


VACANT POSITION - Is this you?

Northland College & Ōkaihau College

If you are interested in being part of our community and finding out more about becoming a Volunteer Coordinator for these kura please contact;

Mobile: 022 3044 332

Email: marie_paterson1@outlook.com


Tracey Tamihere Papatoetoe/Mangere East, Auckland

 021 022 90686  tmtamihere@gmail.com

Kura you coordinate: Manurewa  High School, Papakura High School and James Cook High School

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura KaiIt gives my whānau an opportunity to give back and help those within our community.  It provides me with an opportunity to role model the concept of manaakitanga to my children which is an important value in our whānau. 


Blaine Hoete - Auckland CBD and wider Auckland (mobile coordinator)

029 200 6225 blaine.hoete@maoriwardens.co.nz 

Kura you coordinate: Blaine is based in the Auckland CBD, and has a support work force of about 60 on the ground all over Auckland!  If you cant find a coordinator in your area, please reach out to Blaine to find a drop off location, or his team may be able to collect your meals (a minimum of 5 meals for the collection service) .

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? I have always been an avid supporter for giving people a hand up! I have always said give rangatahi the tools to do their best and you will get their best back. Being supported in any manner allows for people to grow and be something what ever it is, it is what they want to be!

Natalie Thomas - Epsom, Auckland

021 084 45711

Kura you coordinate: Aorere College 

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? I love being a Kura Kai volunteer because every child deserves nutritious home cooked meals; and we, as a collective can provide this for our beautiful tamariki.

Whaea H - Howick, Auckland

027 555 9004

Kura you coordinate: Tamaki College and Pakuranga College




North Shore Coordinator

If you are interested in being a part of our team and receiving meals from our North Shore volunteers please contact:  Marie

Phone: 022 3044 332

Email: marie_paterson1@outlook.com



Victoria Whitfield - Cambridge

021 679 045

Kura you coordinate: Fraser High School (Hamilton) and Putāruru College

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? Food is my love language.  It represents friends, family, fun, good times, health and a sense of well-being.  Kura Kai provides a wonderful opportunity, and a privilege, for me to share this with others.

Ken Rowe - Te Aroha


Phone college on 07 884 8625 

Kura you coordinate: Te Aroha College.          Ken is Head of Food Technology at Te Aroha College

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai?

I am passionate about food and teaching, having spent a lot of my life in a kitchen. Educating students about food is really important. In my role I get to help students who need support with food. Providing free lunches to students in school has highlighted the need for extra support for students’ whānau in the community. It is a privilege to be part of Kura Kai.

Kirsty Trevor - Taupō

027 447 7190


Kura you coordinate: Tauhara College in Taupō

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai:
I am the Food Tech teacher and Head of Technology at Tauhara College and saw this as a real life opportunity for our students to be learning to cook, while giving back to the community. I’m a firm believer in helping others wherever I can and am excited about getting our on board with this awesome kaupapa.


Amy Nelson - Ōpōtiki

027 293 1990

Kura you coordinate: Ōpōtiki College

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? By volunteering for Kura Kai I know I am helping provide one of the basic comforts for families in our community who need it the most.

Gema Martin - Pillans Point, Tauranga

027 461 6388

Kura you coordinate: Otūmoetai College

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? I believe in paying it forward. Helping with Kura Kai and cooking extra meals now and then is an easy selfless act of kindness that goes a long way to help those in need.

Makaia Carr, Pāpāmoa

021 309 717

Kura you coordinate: Mount Maunganui College, Pāpāmoa College, Te Puke High School, Tarawera High School

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? I want to help whanau in need but also teach our rangatahi the importance of manaakitanga in our culture and empower them with a resource (kai) to help them care for their whanau and wider community. 

Thea Smith and Jade Taitumu-Boot

 thea.smith@aquinas.school.nz                       022 3044 332

Kura you coordinate: Aquinas College

Kura Kai Rangatahi (Student led)

Aquinas College students will cook meals as part of school learning and also connect with local volunteers and community groups to fill their kura freezer up. Thea and Jade are both Cultural Prefects and are leading this and have told us they have already learnt so much about project planning and funding aswell as displaying confidence by presenting their Kura Kai Proposal to their principal.  We love seeing rangatahi showing initiative and drive.

Tau kē! 

Megan Branks & Sarah Elliott

Megan 022 265 6565  Sarah 0212874444  saraelliottwarren@gmail.com

Kura you coordinate: Katikati College

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? I am a business owner who works from home and am privileged to have access to an abundance of food. I really love to cook and am fortunate to have whanau living close by including a grandson who loves to cook with me. Kura Kai is an amazing charity and working as a volunteer allows me to combine my love of cooking, with spending time with my grandson, while sharing what I have with others. Ensuring everyone in Aotearoa has access to enough affordable good quality food is a subject I am passionate about and Kura Kai allows me to contribute in a small but meaningful way – Megan


Hollie Julie - New Plymouth


Kura you coordinate: New Plymouth Boys High School and Spotswood College

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai?  Our family wanted to give back to our community. We love sharing a meal together and Kura Kai supports rangatahi and their families to have the same experience when they need a helping hand. It’s really lovely preparing a delicious meal knowing that our local community benefits.


Pip Faulknor - Napier

pip@faulknorcon.co.nz     027 495 7662

Kura you coordinate: Napier Boys High School

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai?  As soon as I heard about Kura Kai I was keen to get involved.  I was surprised to see it wasn’t already in our area.  Food is my love language and I can’t wait to be part of Kura Kai helping feed our rangatahi and their whānau .


Lilly George - Porirua

027 737 1405

Kura you coordinate: Aotea College, Porirua College, Mana College and Bishop Viard College 

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? To support our rangatahi

Katie Thomas - Lyall Bay, Wellington

027 369 7136

Kura you coordinate: I am the Wellington CBD Area Manager,  so no schools specifically but I collect meals to pass on to SJ in Porirua

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? For me, giving back doesn’t just have a dollar figure. Preparing meals for rangatahi and their whānau is such a great way to give time and aroha to a cause that can make such a difference in the lives of our future generations.

Davina Smith - Hutt Valley

021 268 9145

Kura you coordinate: Naenae College, Wainuiomata High School

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai?I’m privileged to work with young people so I see some of the hardships they and their families go through. It is incredible to be part of this awesome initiative as I can see the difference these meals make.


Sarah-Jane Terekia (prefer SJ) - Christchurch

022 085 2953 

Kura you coordinate:  Haeata Community College and Christchurch area Co-ordinator


Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? I wanted to support the future leaders of our community. 

Louise Tilyard - Dunedin

021 501 991

Kura you coordinate: Kavanagh college

Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai: After reading about Kura Kai I saw it as such a valuable yet uncomplicated initiative for our kids. I was keen to be a part of this amazing scheme and give back to the community.