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Community idea to stop waste has started

In a bid to combat food wastage in the region, a new place has sprung up to share it out.

From Monday to Friday during business hours outside the Taike E headquarters in Treble Court (the corner shop on Peel Street), there will be a wooden stand with free fruit and vegetables available for people to get their five-plus-a-day.

The community initiative is called Friday Doey.

Last Friday was the first day it was put into action.

Friday Doey is the result of an idea talked about following the Tairawhiti climate change summit the previous week.

It was all about putting ideas into action, said Taiki E's Renay Charteris.

People who have excess fruit falling from trees or too many vegetables in the garden are encuraged to drop off the excess at Taike E every Monday and Wednesday.

Each Friday, this food will be put outside the Taike E site for people to top up their pantries at no charge.

Anything left over from Friday Doeys will be given to another group to turn it into preserves.

This latest community initiative brings the number of community food cupboards to three, following similar start-ups in Elgin and Awapuni.

TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, LEAVE WHAT YOU CAN: The Friday Doey free fruit and vege stand outside Taike E in Treble Court. Displaying the goods are (from left) Cain Kerehoma, Rawiri Kerehoma-Hoerara and Renay Charteris. Those with excess food and veges are encouranged to drop it off at Taika E each Monday and Wednesday. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

  1. Hinga Cook, Levin says:

    Ka pai whanau……. Lovin’ your community spirit. Awesome.