WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

‘Waste not, want not’ is a pretty common attitude in the Bay of Plenty and is inspiring Tauranga cafés and supermarkets to give back to those in need. Think of all the unsold fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious sweet treats, savouries, salads and sandwiches that wind up in the rubbish every day. Well, not in the Bay!

Thanks to Good Neighbour, a local charitable trust that rescues food that would otherwise be thrown away, 10 tonnes of food is rescued from landfill every week.

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Around 15,000 volunteer hours go into Good Neighbour projects and activities every year and anyone is welcome to join in the fun – even if you’re just passing through.

If gardening’s your thing, feel free to turn up at their Bethlehem or Welcome Bay Community Gardens on Wednesday or Friday mornings, or lend a helping hand on a Good Neighbour project on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1pm-4pm. Just phone the office on 07 394 4249 to find out what’s happening.

A unique festival called ‘Food for Thought’ is also held in March every year to help raise awareness about food waste and showcase how someone else’s leftovers can be transformed into a gourmet feast. Local chefs and culinary students come together to whip up a menu based on what can be ‘rescued’ the day or two before.

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You can also get involved by supporting one of the awesome Tauranga cafés that are part of Good Neighbour’s Food Rescue service. No muffin will go to waste! Make sure you pay a visit to one of these wonderful eateries below while you’re in town:

  • Alimento Eatery, 74 First Avenue
  • Love Rosie Bakery, 50 Ninth Avenue
  • Little Long, 39 Spring St
  • Me & You Café, 48 First Avenue
  • Robert Harris Café, 128 Willow St
  • The Raft, 65 Chapel St
GOOD NEIGHBOUR STARTED BACK IN 2011 AS A SMALL GROUP OF FRIENDS WHO WANTED TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES TO THEIR LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOODS AND HAS NOW GROWN INTO A SUBSTANTIAL MOVEMENT. IT HAS FOUR MAIN ARMS – FOOD RESCUE, NEIGHBOURHOOD PROJECTS, COMMUNITY KITCHEN AND COMMUNITY GARDENS.