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Our vision: Lower Hutt – NZ’s healthiest people

Hutt real food heroes inspire the next wave of food innovation


What happens when experienced real food heroes get together with a new batch of enthusiastic locals to work on our local food network? This is a recipe that the ‘Hutt Real Food Challenge’ will make on Saturday 25 February.

For some of our neighbourhoods, access to fresh healthy food is limited. We all want more fresh and affordable food to be available in the Hutt Valley to make healthy choices easier for everyone. And we need your help to do it.

The Hutt Real Food Challenge is designed to find and develop local, innovative and creative solutions to address some of Hutt Valley’s food issues. We’re looking for local foodies, entrepreneurs, change makers and team players to come together for a one day food mission. The all day event provides a platform to explore and pitch ideas to make a real difference in our food system. Successful teams will be invited to a follow up support series to help turn their ideas into reality.

Julia Milne is one of the local food heroes who is lending her experience and expertise to the Hutt Real Food Challenge. “I’m really glad to be supporting this innovative event. At Common Unity we are growing a number of community enterprises – from a bee collective to community gardens. We have so many ideas still to share. This will be the perfect place to come along to make some of them a reality”

Leading by example, Julia with the help of the Common Unity Project will be catering the event including the launch dinner on Friday 24 February.  Students from Epuni School have been out planting the salad greens this week.  

Neville Chun is another local food hero that will be inspiring the next wave of food innovators. Neville’s sourdough started as a hobby and has blossomed into a business that supplies four local retailers and a regular following of teachers and families from Rudolf Steiner School Raphael House.

“I just love making organic sourdough. I’ve baked more than 24,000 loaves and I’m still learning. I’ve kept my principles the same as when I first started, using the best quality and freshest organic ingredients.”

Imagine if we had more amazing local ingredients and more passionate locals like Julia and Neville to make them into healthy and nutritious food for our families.

If you have an idea to help improve our local food, or want to meet some new friends to work with we want to hear from you. The event is free for individuals with affordable business options too. Register to reserve your place at .

The Hutt Real Food Challenge is brought to you by Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Hutt City Council and social enterprise incubator Enspiral.


For further information contact Natalie Hormann, Hutt Real Food Challenge 021 038 1665