Food rescue, food waste

Food that is produced for human consumption but not eaten due to waste throughout the food system has negative environmental, social, and economic impacts. To contribute to growing national and global efforts to combat food waste, the office is delving into food rescue and waste for our major project. We’re working with experts and stakeholders across the motu and drawing on international experiences to understand the problem and explore evidence-based solutions to reduce food waste across the food supply chain. We’ll add more content to this webpage as the project unfolds, so visit again soon!

We announced the project back in April 2022. Read Juliet’s reflection.

Throughout April and May we worked with stakeholders, experts, and government to develop a framework to guide the project. Read the framework (PDF, 424KB).

Our reference group

Our mahi will be guided and informed by experts and stakeholders from across the motu, who we are thrilled to be working with. A huge thank you to everyone who has reached out so far. The more the merrier – if you’d like to be on the reference group, please contact