Kākano Café joins the mobile Whānau Ora fleet

Kakano Cafe and Cookery school will be moving from their central Christchurch premises to join what is fast becoming a transportable Whānau Ora fleet working in the Canterbury region.  Kakano Café have become nationally known for their delicious menus, their promotion of maara kai / sustainable community gardens and their capacity to model a healthy lifestyle through the use of organic foods.

Going to a mobile premises will mean Kakano can join other Whānau Ora focused services like Fush with their restaurant and mobile food truck that offers a high level of te reo for its patrons. Community based health and wellbeing workshops led by Hale Compound Conditioning and Soul Full Superfoods offer healthy breakfast and day time drinks and snacks (a custom built kai and coffee cart),” says Helen Leahy, Pouārahi/Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu the South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency.

“We want more whānau to be able to access our approach to healthy and sustainable kai, our unique menu and our catering services,” says Jade Temepara, creator and owner of Kākano Café and Cookery School.  “And so our decision was led by the people – to be agile enough to follow whānau, and to set ourselves up in the spaces that our whānau gather”.

As part of the revitalisation of Christchurch, Kākano has been based in amongst a number of other businesses in the central city but they’re now on the move in the literal sense to new relocatable premises.

Ms Temepara says, ”We are very grateful for the wonderful support from Fletchers that has given us the opportunity to consolidate our approach in the central city.  Fletchers, Gap Filler, Life in Vacant Spaces, Christchurch City Council and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu have all been instrumental in helping us to establish ourselves.   More recently, the opportunity to feature in a regular series on Māori Television, called He Kakano, has enabled me an incredible chance to share our love for the kaupapa of healthy living”.

“Going mobile gives us more flexibility and makes us accessible to more whānau” said Ms Temepara.  “It also provides an opportunity to activate spaces wherever the need or demand is. It will mean we can become events based too”.

“From December, the community will see us out and about in our new mobile premises but in the meantime, it’s business as usual for our catering business which is available for private events, weddings, kapa haka festivals and Christmas functions, whatever the celebration!” says Ms Temepara.

 “We’re very supportive of Kākano transitioning to this new mobile approach. We’re very aware that mobility opens up more options as it enables Jade and her team to share their kaupapa with the wider community. What we’ve seen has come from a whānau driven response and if we can take that to more whānau then it makes sense”, says Ms Leahy.

“We’re very proud of what Kākano has achieved in a short time and the impact they’ve had on the communities they have worked in and wider,” says Ms Leahy.  “We congratulate them on this latest evolution of the Kakano style”.

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