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.
Tara DePonte - Northland Coordinator
Why do you volunteer your time for Kura Kai?
Growing up in Hawai’i and attending a private high school for students of Native Hawaiian (Kanaka Maoli) descent, I was privileged to receive the gift of an amazing education at Kamehameha Schools. The Schools were founded with the mission of improving the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education and are funded by the inheritance of our last monarch, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. My high school rangatahi experience was the most fun, carefree time in my life… and our cafeteria lunch was one of the highlights of our day! My involvement in Kura Kai allows me to pay these gifts I was afforded forward to rangatahi here in my adopted home of Aotearoa.
Tracey Tamihere Papatoetoe/Mangere East, Auckland
021 022 90686 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kura you coordinate: Manurewa High School, Papakura High School and James Cook High School
Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai: It 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 email@example.com
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.
Rachel O'Malley, Warkworth
027 6645 555 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kura you Coordinate: Mahuranga College
Anthony Hawkins - Head of Faculty for Technology De La Salle College
Kura you Coordinate: De La Salle College
Why you joined Kura Kai:
Francis Jamieson, Flat Bush, Auckland
(09) 9740140, ext 4009
Kura you Coordinate: Ormiston Junior College
Alyse Davidson, Northshore, Auckland
021 263 4463
Kura you Coordinate: North Shore Meal Drop-Off Point
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.
BAY OF PLENTY
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.
To Be Confirmed
We will have a new Coordinator onboard Term 1 2024. Any questions please email: email@example.com
Kura you coordinate: Mount Maunganui College, Pāpāmoa College, Te Puke High School, Tarawera High School
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.
The Bay of Plenty Youth Development Trust operates out of Youth Central, which is the largest dedicated youth development and community facility of its kind in Aotearoa.
Megan Branks & Sarah Elliott
Megan 022 265 6565 Sarah 0212874444 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Tara Macky - Rotorua
Kura you coordinate: Western Heights High School
Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? I want to give back to my community and this is a very practical way for me to do this. I feel it is important for my family/whānau to experience giving back to their community and supporting others.
Elena Whinney (Youth Mentor) - Tauranga Nia Finau (Youth Development Lead Student Mentor)
Kura you coordinate: Tauranga Girls’ College
Tauranga Girls’ College Students cook regularly to fill their Kura Kai freezer.
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.
Mel King - Waipukurau
email@example.com 027 334 4039
Kura you coordinate: Central Hawke’s Bay College
Why do you volunteer your time to Kura Kai? My work and whānau life revolves around food, I love how Kura Kai creates a pathway for rangatahi to give, and be supported in such a real sense. We have a community wanting to share, kai connects and strengthens us all.
Pip Faulknor - Napier
firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Queens High School