Welcome to Home Kitchen - an eatery showcasing the best food our diverse former refugee community has to offer.

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

Be a part of the story

 
 
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PledgeMe Campaign Update - We did it & it’s all thanks to YOU!

Together, we raised $31,206 - exceeding our goal of $30,000! A huge thank you to everyone who supported us in achieving our goal, we look forward to sharing Home Kitchen with you early 2019!

At Home Kitchen we're all about creating an authentic dining experience, whether your joining us for a meal with friends, whaanau or solo, you can guarantee an amazing taste experience! We'll run group Cooking Classes, either from Yalla Yalla Cafe or the comfort of your own home. Learn about different cultures, share stories and indulge in the beautiful diversity that exists right here in Hamilton. 

We also care about showcasing other talents within the former refugee community and supporting refugee-led initiatives both here and overseas - this means you can expect future fundraising events and unique one-off dining experiences.

As a social enterprise, our profits will go towards providing more employment and training opportunities through Home Kitchen and supporting other refugee-led initiatives both here and overseas.

We’re raising $30,000 to help get us started in early 2019 - all those hard-working dollars will go towards setting up the pop up kitchen and launching our cooking classes. We are aiming to start with a team of six members from a range of diverse cultures, creating a unique dining experience. We also need practical items such as fridges, cooking equipment, food, menus, uniform - all the things you’d expect from an eatery!

Help us make an impact and Pledge today.

 
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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.

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Show some Aroha!

Join the Home Kitchen support crew….

 
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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!

 

PledgeMe

Help us achieve our goal of $30,000.

All those hard-working dollars will go towards setting up the pop up kitchen and launching our cooking classes. We’ve got amazing rewards that you’ll love - head over to our campaign page and get pledging!

Volunteer

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.

 

Our Story 

 
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The Home Kitchen Trust

The Home Kitchen Trust team is a collective of passionate individuals who have experience working directly with former refugees resettling in New Zealand. Our vision is to create experiences where people can come together, connect over diverse dishes and learn more about what makes each of us unique as well as, united.

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

We are in the process of hiring other members of the team who will help shape the values and experience of Home Kitchen....watch this space for new faces!

From left to right, Victoria Ferero (Community Advisor), Camilla Carty-Melis (Trustee), Tania Jones (Trustee) & Jason Penny (Trustee).

From left to right, Victoria Ferero (Community Advisor), Camilla Carty-Melis (Trustee), Tania Jones (Trustee) & Jason Penny (Trustee).

It all started when…

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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

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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

 

Press

 
 
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Home Kitchen aims to help Hamilton's former refugees

Waikato Times article, by Jo Lines-MacKenzie, Dec 07 2018

While still in its infancy, the social enterprise aspires to become an authentic dining experience that will help refugees gain employment experience and get more involved in the Kiwi way of life.

Home Kitchen is the brainchild of Tania Jones who was inspired while volunteering at a refugee camp in Greece last year.

 
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Waikato woman uses food to help refugees integrate into New Zealand culture

Newshub article by Wilhelmina Shrimpton, 01/12/2018.

They say home is where the heart is and if that's the case, then there's a lot of heart in the kitchen of one Hamilton cafe.

"Food is absolutely a universal language - I think if you look across many different cultures, food is a constant," former Red Cross volunteer Tania Jones told Newshub.

 
 
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A kitchen celebrating former refugees

RNZ report by Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:48 pm on 13 December 2018

A Waikato social enterprise aims to tap into the culinary skills of recently arrived refugees to establish a pop up restaurant.

Hamiltonian Tania Jones met some of these refugees when she was volunteering in Greece. When she came home she decided more needed to be done to support those refugees living in her community. Tania has set up a PledgeMe campaign with the aim of raising $30,000 for the Home Kitchen project.

 
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The heartbreaking image that spurred a Hamilton woman to help refugees

New Zealand Herald article By: Belinda Feek, a NZ Herald reporter based in Hamilton

The shocking photo of a three year old Syrian refugee washed up on a Turkish beach broke hearts of people around the world.

For Hamilton woman Tania Jones, it not only broke her heart but it inspired her to go help the influx of refugees landing on the shores of Lesbos in Greece.

"Like everyone else I was watching the Syrian refugee crisis unfold. That image of the boy that was found drowned on the shore and that got my attention and I spent a year or so going 'what can I be doing'."