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A place where cultures unite, friendships are formed and stories are shared.

A place where everyone can call home.

We’ve teamed up with our mates at Yalla Yalla Cafe to launch the first stage of Home Kitchen - a pop up restaurant!

There’s more Home Kitchen goodness to come.

We’ll roll out other great taste experiences like cooking classes, catering and fundraising events that support refugee community initiatives here and overseas.

Home Kitchen is a social enterprise focused on empowering former refugees to flourish by providing work and training opportunities whilst showcasing the diverse cultures that exist in the mighty ‘Tron.'

Our profits go towards providing more employment and training opportunities through Home Kitchen and supporting other refugee-led initiatives both here and overseas.


Our Story 

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The Home Kitchen Team

For the love of food! Experience dishes from afar cooked and served with aroha by our passionate team of chefs and front of house team. Creating lots of magic in Kirikiriroa our team members are from origin countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma, Palestine and Syria each team member is passionate about sharing their amazing food and culture with the wonderful people of Aotearoa.

Home Kitchen Team (from left to right) Bkr Alzraiqi, Diaa Alreikat, Ali Alzvaiqi, Tania Jones, Nikbakht Danish, Frozan Aziz & Sofaidar Bin Ilyas. Not pictured; Nawahel Alzinati, Masooma Aziz and Mayssa Sheik Al Ard.

It all started when…


After following the Syrian refugee crisis and volunteering at Kara Tepe Camp in Lesvos, Greece, Tania returned to New Zealand seeking ways to better support those with a lived refugee experience to thrive, here in Aotearoa.

The inspiration for the name, Home Kitchen, came from volunteering with Katerina & Nikos of Home for a Day, a social kitchen supporting the refugee community living on Lesvos. Home Kitchen will run fundraising events to support refugee initiatives both at home and overseas, such as Home for a Day in Lesvos.

feeling the love with yalla yalla cafe


Yalla Yalla Cafe is a social enterprise and operates as a cafe between Monday - Saturday, providing soulful kai to the people of Hamilton.

As part of their vision, to create connections within our community, the good folk at Yalla Yalla are providing the Home Kitchen team with the use of their cafe space, in the evenings  - amazing! Big aroha to the team for giving us a leg-up & helping make Home Kitchen a reality! Visit Yalla for good eats at 198 Victoria Street, Hamilton or view their soulful menu online at www.yallayallacafe.co.nz


Show some Aroha!

Join the Home Kitchen support crew….


The restaurant is just phase one of the Home Kitchen dream….

Once launched, we’ll roll out other great taste experiences like cooking classes, catering and fundraising events that support refugee community initiatives here and overseas. Get amongst it and join the Home Kitchen support crew!


Dine with Us

Come on in and dine with us! At Home Kitchen we're all about creating an authentic dining experience, whether your joining us for a meal with friends, whanau or solo, you can guarantee an amazing taste experience!


Love social media, copywriting or keen to use your skills for doing more good in the hood? Join the Home Kitchen crew as one of our amazing volunteers - we’re looking for creatives, business mentors and individuals passionate about supporting Home Kitchen to thrive!

Partner with us

By partnering with Home Kitchen you boost our impact, whether by donating the over-abundance of your garden, straight up sponsorship or people power. Whatever it is, we’re keen to work with you so we can achieve our mission together, community styles.