The South Taranaki Whanau Centre (STWC) has hit the mark with their latest course – Nutritional Cooking on a Budget.

Brooke and tutor Helen

“These cooking classes have certainly me made me far more aware of my health and how to look after it on a budget, I use to think eating healthy was something I couldn’t afford. Now I cook more than ever and even my friends comment on how my cooking has improved and is tastier!” says recent participant Brooke.

“We developed three new courses as a result of feedback we received from our community and we’re thrilled with how popular and effective our Nutritional Cooking on a Budget has been,” says STWC Manager Nicky Baker.

Other new courses include Raising Complex Kids and Positive Relationships, which complement the range of other empowerment courses, support groups and anti-family violence awareness work the centre is responsible for.

Funding for these new courses has come in part from a grant from The Tindall Foundation, which is administered locally by Te Karaka Foundation.

“It is great to see that these courses have been developed based on feedback from STWC clients and we believe the potential flow on effects from these course is very valuable for the South Taranaki community,” says Te Karaka Chair Ken Horner.

Responsibility for allocating funding of around $40,000 per year under the Tindall Foundation’s supporting families and social services programme is overseen by Te Karaka Foundation.

Other recipients of this year’s Tindall Foundation funding in Taranaki include: Taranaki Young Peoples Trust, The Parenting Place Inc., Taranaki Womens Refuge, Stratford Parents Centre Inc., Tūtaki Youth Incorporated Trust and New Plymouth Budget Advisory Service Inc.

For information on funding criteria and how to apply visit or contact us. The next round of Tindall Foundation funding closes 31 August.