Café Korero is a sustainable café from the fit out to the food provided, and it all comes from their connections in the community.
Located in Ranui Community Centre, the recently renovated café now provides free recipes and seed packets for visitors to take home. Recipes and seeds are donated from local people and the nearby community garden. Café Manager and Ranui community garden coordinator, Buffie Mawhinney makes an effort to include produce from the garden in the café menu, and seeds come from the garden “It is a privilege to share the gifts such as local produce, seeds and recipes with those who visit the café,” says Buffie.
Buffie has made the seeds and free recipes a focus in the café and maintained the cafes sustainability focus by framing the seed and recipe giveaways it with a beautiful recycled frame and mural of the sea. “It reflects the whole area from West Coast Te Henga to surrounding areas, Waitakere, Swanson, Ranui and Henderson” says Ms Mawhinney.
West Auckland local Kate Guy, has been involved with sourcing recipes and keeping the café fully stocked week by week. “The ability for whānau to provide home grown food as our grandparents did really appeals to me” says Kate. Kate has sourced nutritious recipes from friends and whānau and each seed packet has a recipe relating to the vegetable, using on hand ingredients to provide meal ideas.
“Seed saving and sharing are great ways to connect to the wider community and we would be happy to receive more seeds to swap and share” says Kate.
The ideas have been enthusiastically received by many people enjoying the café and community house.
The movement aims to involve the many diverse cultures in the Ranui community. Terereaorangi Wanoa, a West Auckland resident and student at Unitec has added to the mural and put inspirational words in Te Reo Māori to show her support- ‘He wairua o Te Henga mai Waitakere maunga’ (The spirit of Te Henga from Waitakere ranges).
Recipes feature family favourite dishes from Māori, Samoan, Jewish, Italian and European cultures. The seeds and recipes are designed to offer the community a simple, healthy way to grow vegetables.