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About us


Our mission is to rescue surplus food that is good enough to eat but no longer good enough to sell and redistribute it within our communities.

Our Team

Christina McBeth

Christina has been passionate about social issues since she was a child and has always liked volunteering. She found her passion for helping others, sustainability and hate of waste created the perfect platform to start this food rescue initiative. A mother of 3 boys and trained as a Chiropractor, she is happily married and living in Havelock North

Jo has always been passionate about the environment, loves the outdoors and as a  physiotherapist. Her role of caring for the wellbeing of people in our community has always been her heart. Volunteering for an organisation that prevents food waste and provides nourishment for people was exciting. Jo is married with 3 adult children and one moko. She has lived in Hawkes Bay for 33 years and loves the lifestyle and cultural mix the Hawkes Bay offers.

Rachel Graham

Rachel is a Fielding native who moved to Hastings in 1997 and has lived here ever since.  Married with 2 boys, Rachel and her husband discovered Nourished for Nil on Facebook and thought it was something they wanted to be a part of. No-one should be hungry here when there is such an excess of abundant fresh food. Rachel loves the fact that at Nourished anyone and everyone is able to get food, without judgement or shame.

Nikki Gardner

One of the original members of N4N, Nikki Grew up in Taupo and moved to the Hawkes Bay with her children in 2007, so they could go to school here. Nikki has spent much of her life trying to do her bit for Mother Earth by composting and recycling. Her dream would be to see society change from being a throwaway to a reuse and fix it society. There is so much waste food around, and being part of Nourished means Nikki can address this on a larger scale

Profiles to come

Louise Saurin

Louise has lived in Hawkes Bay for 5 years and is a Mum and part-time Lab Scientist.

She is inspired by food rescue initiatives around the world and is increasingly aware of the number of people in our community who are going without food. She paired up with Christina and together Nourished for Nil was born. Louise would love to see a change in attitude to food waste and waste in general and wants our community to lead by example, taking care of our environment and taking care of each other.

Brian Lawrence

Brian is a born & bred Hastings boy who retired after working 50 plus years for Railways in July 2017 and wanted to do some voluntary work. When Brian was growing up in the 1950’s – 60’s there was food waste, especially at orchards & market gardens. The opportunity to join Nourished for Nil and contribute towards a zero waste of food policy hit home that food waste is still an ongoing concern.

Blair Graham

Blair grew up in Hastings, married to Rachel Graham a N4N volunteer liason, father of two teenage boys, loves music and custard squares. His wife Rachel thought it would be good to get involved with N4N so Blair came along and loved it. The cause and the people make this an awesome place to be and a great way to help the community. Its a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of this venture, long may it continue.


We are a local non-profit organisation whose sole aim it is to rescue surplus food and redistribute it to the local Hawke’s Bay community. Our team is comprised of committed volunteers whose shared passion is reducing waste and helping others.


Interesting Facts

According to the World Resources Institute, Oceania (that is us NZ) and the USA are the most wasteful countries in the world. We throw out more than 500 calories of food EVERY SINGLE DAY.

That is 33% fresh fruit & vegetables, 27% leftovers, 15% packaged and long life products, 9% drinks and frozens, and 7% take-a-ways.
In NZ alone 2015 stats show the average household wastes $563 of food, totalling over $872 million a year.
Add to that the staggering 20-40 percent of fresh fruit and veggies that never even make it to the shelves because they don’t fall within consumer standards.

Every year, consumers in industrialized countries waste almost as much food as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (222 million vs. 230 million tons)

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year approximately 1.3 BILLION tons – gets lost or wasted
Food waste that goes to the landfill breaks down and produces methane gas.

This is 21 more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
Far too little food is recovered or rescued and that is where Nourished for Nil comes in.

Nourished for Nil targets Food waste that is good enough to eat but not good enough to sell or is surplus to requirement. It is that simple.

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
– Pericles

Latest News

Sponsor Spotlight: Melt & Co

Nourished for Nil's food rescue mission wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our food sponsors.  One of these being Havelock North icecreamery Melt & Co. Melt

“If you are ashamed of going yourself for this type of handout,, think of a neighbor, who is unable to take advantage of ‘nourished for nil” and go check it out for them. I saw kids giggling over a cream bun, workmen enjoying a yummy sandwich and some, who hesitated for a long time on the other side of the street, before having the courage to see for themselves.

The volunteers wore gloves when handling food, which was kept cool and fresh in chilly bins. They were LOTS of smiles.

Spread the good word: this is a wonderful venture.”

E. Knausenberger