Love Food Hate Waste

The average Kiwi family throws away three shopping trolleys of edible food each year. Find out how you can reduce the financial and environmental costs of food waste.

We partner with Auckland Council, one of many councils around Aotearoa who support Love Food Hate Waste NZ, to deliver free workshops that help you make the most of the kai you have.


EcoMatters is a proud facilitator for free Love Food Hate Waste workshops across Tāmaki Makaurau. Here’s just a taste of them to consider on your journey to zero-waste cooking. 

Grow Your Own Greens

Looking to grow your own veggies but not sure how to start? No problem. At this true garden-to-table workshop you’ll roll your sleeves up and learn how to grow vibrant green veggies in your garden or chosen container. You’ll even learn how to make green smoothies, and other health giving snacks and meals. Get along to a workshop and learn these vital skills for the health of your whānau and the environment. 

Creative Cooking

Pledge to get creative with leftovers and impact your finances and the whenua (land) positively. Gain confidence in creating nutritious and tasty meals from what you’d ordinarily waste because you just don’t know what to do with it. You’ll also learn tips on storing food so that it stays fresh longer. 

Just Eat It Documentary

A film followed by a Q&A session is an entertaining and educational option for starting your journey to reduce food waste. We’ve picked a documentary by Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer to do just this. The pair embarked on a revealing six month experiment, eating only food that is discarded or destined for the bin. They conclude by pledging to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. Get started with this film followed by a lively debate! 

Check out EcoMatters Love Food Hate Waste events listings here or find events right around Aotearoa here.

Host a workshop

Find your local tutor and get in touch with them to book a workshop.

Handy resources 

Love Food Hate Waste Top 10 Foods New Zealanders Throw Away 

Love Food Hate Waste tutor resource catalogue


Meet Irene – mastering the art of food storage

Meet Megan – making tasty lunches with ingredients straight from her garden.

Meet Tracey – a food waste hero who learned even more at one of our workshops.

Meet Bindi – she and her family love to learn while they teach.

Meet Margie – using her food scraps to create a productive garden.

kia ora and THANKs to

Auckland Council for partnering with the community to kickstart the circular economy, where today’s waste is repurposed as a valuable resource that creates jobs, boosts the economy, and reduces our carbon footprint.