Cleaning streams and feeding crowds: the community groups strengthening Auckland

Published in The Spinoff.

Auckland may be the largest city in Aotearoa, but it’s the small community-led organisations within it that make the city thrive. The Spinoff spoke to two council-funded organisations who are doing their bit.

A similar nexus of community interests first breathed life into The Kai Ika Project, a collaboration between the Outboard Boating Club, LegaSea, Westhaven Marina and Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae. It began in 2016 when the club approached LegaSea seeking ideas about what to do with the unwanted bits of fish left over at their onsite filleting stations. At the time the club was dumping them, but as LegaSea’s programme lead Sam Woolford explains, they knew they could “do better”. “We said, ‘Well, why don’t you give them to the marae?’”

Read more