SDG #2 Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Partnering to provide free food for students when times are tough.

Supporting the horticultural industry to nourish our communities with high-tech robotics

Innovating in aquaculture to feed the world with a greener source of protein.

We know times can get tight for students and a sudden end to part-time work in these pandemic times can easily tip the balance sheet.  We are proud to partner with many generous organisations to ensure hunger never stands in the way of our students' studies.  With campuses in the bountiful Bay of Plenty and the agricultural hub that is the mighty Waikato, we also have a keen focus on building knowledge and expertise around the sustainable production of nutritious food and this is reflected in a wide range of our programme offerings and research areas.

Some things we are especially proud of

Students at our Hamilton campus can access free grocery packs from the Kai Cupboard when times are tight.

A revolving food pantry called Pataka Kai is also available for students to ‘take what they need and leave what they can’.

In Tauranga our students benefit from a weekly supply of surplus food from around the region courtesy of Good Neighbour. 

We brought Local Night Bites to campus in 2020 - weekly cheap eats where students could sample cuisine from across the globe.

Our onsite caterer embraces sustainability and offers nutritious, seasonal menus and our events are underpinned by a commitment to minimising food waste.

We monitor and report on waste and set ambitious targets to improve, year on year.


Regenerating shellfish in our harbours by blending Māori knowledge with western science

Associate Professor Kura Paul-Burke is a passionate marine scientist based at our Tauranga Campus who has recently turned her focus to helping restore mussel populations in Ohiwa Harbour through a blend of Māori knowledge and western science.  The new lines, now laden with mussels, are made of woven, natural materials and are far kinder to the harbour than the plastic lines preferred by commercial mussel farmers.  In 2020 she was nominated for an award by the Kudos Science Trust in the Vision Mātauranga category. You can check out the work she has been doing in Ohiwa in this great video.

Marie Magnusson

Unlocking the potential of algae as a nourishing food source

We opened a new facility dedicated to macroalgal research in Tauranga in 2020 where a team of researchers are now hard at work, creating innovative ways to use the seaweed which is accumulating in our harbours courtesy of nutrient-rich run-off from local farms. Potential uses include using the algae as plant feed and as a food source for humans including as a nutraceutical (nutritional supplement) and gourmet seaweed salt.


Revolutionising the horticultural industry with robotics

We have a longstanding reputation in horticultural robotics, melding our expertise in mechatronics, software engineering and machine learning. Our researchers are continuing to blaze a trail in this area, working closely with the industry to develop smart solutions to the many issues they face, including the difficulties in securing seasonal workers like fruit pickers.  They are also innovating to help growers meet environment standards and controlling pests and disease. Ultimately, these developments are all contributing to an abundant supply of high-quality fruit and vegetables that are nourishing communities all around the world.