Kai Garden Competition entry example

A Kai Garden Competition design entry should focus on edible and/or medicinal plants. Submissions will be judged based on their originality, creativity, the rationale behind the concept and how well the design meets the following criteria:

  • The garden bed is a minimum of 16 m2 in total area (e.g. equivalent to 4 metres long and 4 metres wide).
  • The design incorporates the creative use of locally sourced, repurposed material and uses
    sustainable resources for its construction.
  • The garden is shown to scale in relation to the plants used.
  • Plant choice is suitable to the climatic conditions.
  • The design illustrates how the garden will be safeguarded against environmental elements.
  • Ongoing care and integration into other school environmental or cultural programmes
    is shown.

Here is an example of a winning Kai Garden Competition 2022 entry from Kerikeri Kindergarten.

Design submission:

Design rationale:

“Our kai garden is one that we wish to support our existing curriculum and programme, which centres heavily on the tamariki as active agents and contributing kaitiaki/guardians of their learning space. We are proud to run a healthy kai programme, where tamariki cook alongside kaiako, healthy nutritious food to be shared at morning tea or lunch. We also cook with the tamariki once a week over an outdoor fire pit. We would love for our garden to produce as much of this kai as possible, making this valuable programme as self-sustaining as it can be.

“We also have a pataka-kai – a give and take pantry for our whānau – we would love to produce healthy vegetables and fruit in abundance, enough to be able to share more than we currently do with our families.”

Kerikeri Kindergarten – before
Kerikeri Kindergarten – after

Read more about Kerikeri Kindergarten’s winning Kai Garden here.