Ngā kai


Making sustainable choices around the food we eat, where it comes from and how it’s produced can be a powerful way to reduce our carbon footprint.

Food loss and waste generates around the same emissions as road transport globally. It’s more than four times the annual greenhouse gas emissions from aviation.

Auckland’s food system makes up 18 per cent of our consumption emissions. Consumption emissions come from food production, transport, processing and disposal to landfill.

Climate change will affect food production with longer periods of drought, more intense storms and flooding, and an increasing number of pests and diseases.


We need to restore, rejuvenate and replenish mahinga kai – our soils and systems that support food.

We seek to build a resilient, local, regenerative food system by:

  • Supporting food producers and manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint and respond to climate risks.

  • Protecting our productive soils through land use planning and regenerative practices for soil health.

  • Supporting partnerships with communities, food growers and retailers to ensure that all Aucklanders have easy access to nutritious, affordable food with a low carbon footprint.

  • Ensuring that food systems thinking is embedded in decision making and policy development.

  • Reducing waste and using leftover food scraps to produce compost, fertiliser and energy.

If food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd highest emitter of greenhouse gases. Half the weight in our bins is food waste. Let's change that.
Kiwis throw away $1.17 billion worth of uneaten food each year
Bread is the #1 uneaten item – more than 29 million loaves a year!

Did you know?

Auckland Council sponsors composting workshops and discounts on home composting equipment to get you started.

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Kerbside Food Scraps Service

In 2023, Council is rolling out a food scraps service for urban households in Auckland. Instead of going to landfill, these scraps will improve soil health and farming.

Up to 100,000 tonnes of food is disposed to landfill each year from our kerbside bins. This breaks down into methane – a potent greenhouse gas.

Food waste is a resource that can be used to create heat, energy, and fertiliser to grow food sustainably.

The food scraps bin is great for items that are difficult to compost at home such as meat and bones.

This service will divert up to 75,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill and reduce carbon emissions from waste by up to 250,000 tonnes of CO2-e per annum.



The Papatoetoe Food Hub shows what’s possible when community and government work together locally to tackle one of our toughest issues.”

Raju Ramakrishna, Food Hub Director Papatoetoe Food Hub

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Ngā whāinga mātāmua e waru

The eight priority areas

Transport - Ikiiki

Providing more transport choice beyond personal vehicles.

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Natural Environment - Taiao māori

Restoring and replenishing the mauri (life essence) of Tāmaki Makaurau.

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Built Environment - Taiao hanga

Planning lower carbon urban spaces, infrastructure and buildings.

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Te Puāwaitanga ō te Tātai

Ensuring Māori communities are resilient, self-sustaining and prosperous.

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Communities and Coast - Ngā hapori me te tahatai

Preparing our people for our changing climate and coastline in an equitable way.

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Economy - Ōhanga

Developing a regenerative economy underpinned by kaitiakitanga.

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Energy and Industry - Te ngao me te ahumahi

Creating a clean energy system that supports low-carbon lifestyles.

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