Our Story

Kākano café and cookery school was birthed little over a year ago as a dream by founder Jade Temepara. Working in the community for over 12 years with mainly whānau/families, she saw first hand where support around health and food could benefit. Having a support and reliable network of friends and whānau was vital but an often missing link. This missing link has created a disconnection in our communities where many skills, skill based learning, connectedness, and precious time learning and teaching have skipped the generations.

Kākano café and cookery school is our answer to empowering whānau and the wider community to reconnect to those missing links, that will help shape the future.

Kākano translates to Seed, and it is our vision to tell the story of your kai starting from where it was grown as seed.

Kākano café and cookery school will be offering traditional kai, served in a contemporary world to showcase our incredible mahinga kai, fresh and foraged local organic and nutrient dense food. Here you will have your tastebuds explode by our carefully selected and traceable kai, telling a story in every bite. If that wasn’t enough, we make sure that your kai is sustainable and as ethically grown, fed and produced as possible. We are the Kaitiaki/guardians of our land, and we want to keep it clean, beautiful and all those in it healthy.

Our cookery school is located in our café and it is transformed in the evening and weekends to cater for basic to skilled cooking abilities. We will also run all of our seminars, workshops, training, reo lessons, and have guests to showcase what our amazing community has to offer. This is where we get to know each other and grow, in so many areas of our lives. There is always something to get involved in to upskill, have fun or bring your company to explore with our events, celebrating our natural world and who we are in it.

Jade Temepara

Jade Temepara

Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Nga Puhi, Ngati Tuwharetoa

Jade Temepara is the visionary behind Kākano café and cookery school and has brought the project to life to create a vibrant and evolving natural world to share with all her Manuhiri/Visitors.

Jade is of mixed heritage being Maori and Paheka and grew up in Murihiku/Southland until the age of 18. From here she moved to Otautahi and has been based in the Hakatere and wider Otautahi areas. Over the last 16 years she has raised her tamariki with husband Wiki and has gained an unrelenting passion for her whānau and community. Jade has grown her own food for her whānau for over 10 years and knows how important the skills, food and healing are that come with that. In that time she has gained value in learning to grow, save seed, cook, preserve, pickle, raw food and ferment on many levels.

Her skills have grown and in 2010 she started an organisation www.handoverahundy.org.nz teaching schools, families, young parents, homes and anyone she could talk into, growing food. Hand Over a Hundy is now in various places around Aotearoa and continues to be a sort after resource in many communities.

Jade has tried her hands at garden design and won awards in the Ellerslie International Flower Show, been a finalist for her work with families, for New Zealander of the Year, won the NZ Gardener of the year, written publications for various magazines and is a sought after speaker around Aotearoa, New Zealand. Now she feels that Kākano Café and Cookery School is where she can pull together all the elements of her experiences and listening to the community over the years.

Kākano to Jade means the potential for what is yet to come. A seed is potential in a shell, but it needs good soil to help it sustain its life and water to grow, and of course nurturing to bring it into its being. This is a representation of what we are going to teach, and how we will connect, we are all part of that process and together can grow in unity, pride and strength.

Jade’s job in the café apart from being the boss, is to do workshops, start a seed saving bank, look after the gardens and engage with Manuhiri/Visitors, do come and say Kia ora! We welcome you to enjoy our beautiful gardens and kai/food.

Ariana Reihana

Ariana Reihana

Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Nga Puhi, Ngati Tuwharetoa

Ariana Reihana is our front of house superstar and is ready to welcome you to Kākano Café.

Ariana has worked with Ngai Tahu Farms where she has found her passion for the environment. It was working here that she learned about the food system and she is bringing that knowledge into her new role at Kākano.

Ariana welcomes you and extends her manaakitanga.

Thank You to Our Amazing Sponsors

Te putahitanga
Life in Vacant Spaces
sift - sustainable initiatives fund
Christchurch City Council