Kai Garden Competiton

Our Kai Gardens Competition is a great way for tamariki aged 3-13 years to develop a greater understanding of the natural world and to gain hands-on experience building a small kai or rongoā garden for their school.

Kai Gardens is a fun and educational competition that is open to all New Zealand ECEs, kindergartens, primary and intermediate schools. Students are given the opportunity to collaborate and design a garden that features edible and/or medicinal plants, and which is constructed using sustainable and reclaimed materials.

This is a great way for tamariki to learn how easy it is to reduce their environmental footprint by growing their own food, cooking seasonally and composting food and garden waste.

Once established, students are encouraged to share their learnings and achievements by harvesting, preparing and sharing the produce from their garden with the wider school community and their whānau.

The garden can be any shape and be situated anywhere in the school — indoors or outdoors. It can be a new garden, or an enhancement to an old one; an individual class project or one the whole school contributes to.

Design entries are open until 11.59pm on Friday 17 June 2022 and the ten winning entries will be announced on Monday 27 June 2022.

The ten winning schools will receive a $1,500 donation to bring their design to life and for the ongoing care of their garden as it grows.

Please make sure you read the Kai Garden Competition Handbook and Terms and Conditions by clicking the Kai Garden Competition resources button below.

Reasons to get involved:

As well as getting a nutritious garden from which to harvest, students will also benefit through:

  • Academic achievement. A school garden provides hands-on learning across many academic subjects.
  • Health and well-being. The pride and curiosity sparked by building a healthy edible garden can serve students the rest of their lives.
  • Environmental kaitiakitanga. Students become responsible caretakers, exploring stewardship and a circular economy, and establishing a connection with nature.
  • Cultural connection. Students learn about the beliefs and customs of other cultures, and can connect with whānau and the community through gardening, harvesting and sharing their produce.

Enter our Kai Garden Competition