GROW Pōneke

In 2024, we ran a series of community events throughout autumn, celebrating community and kai together.

Te Aro Eats at Cuba Dupa. Credit: Seeds to Feeds

Welcome to Grow Pōneke, a celebration of local kai, community, and the ways they connect to make our city flourish.

The celebrations began in March with Local Food Week – an annual festival created by community organisation, Seeds to Feeds. With council support, Seeds to Feeds created a feast of opportunities for Wellingtonians to meet and share, learn and practice, as they grew, cooked and ate local food together.

Next up was Neighbours Aotearoa, a campaign inviting everyone to get to know their neighbours better in March. This year’s theme was ‘Growing Together’. Community events included picnics, an inner-city chess tournament, a children’s treasure hunt, and a hangi feast.

Seeds to Feeds’ Harvest Festival also ran in March, with a program of incredibly special community meals showcasing kai grown and prepared locally by exceptional community members.

Festivities wound-up with the Community Gardens Open Sundays throughout April. Our community gardens are open to the public, but this was a chance to meet the gardeners, take a tour, and find out more about what happens at the gardens and how you can get involved.

Visit this page in early 2025 to find out about next Summer and Autumn’s events.

For everyday resources to connect with your neighbours, check out our resources for neighbourhoods.

Highlights from Grow Pōneke 2024

Check out some photos from this year’s events.