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The Happyzine Eat Local Challenge!

Submitted by on March 15, 2015 – 6:46 pm 3 Comments

 eat local logo CIRCLEYCould you live on a purely local diet for 30 days?

To enter email: charlotte@happyzine.co.nz

Kiwis are being challenged to eat a diet of purely local food, sourced no further away than a 200 km from their homes this April, as part of the relaunch of Happyzine.

People and teams are invited to sign up to the challenge, which is designed to raise awareness about the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown food.

There are two ways to be part of the challenge – you can follow the rules (scroll down), where you keep a food diary, send us some images and a blog or two about your experiences and you could win a massive prize pack (worth hundreds of dollars) of Kiwi made food OR you can do it the chilled out way – and tag along for the journey.  Watch Happyzine and get inspired by other people, send us in the occasional picture or recipe and you could win a spot prize or two from some of New Zealand’s most decadent foodies.

How long?  The challenge runs this April for 30 days.

Why?  Because buying local food brings economic, environmental, and social benefits, and because it’s fresher, you get more goodness with each mouthful.

Screen shot 200 kms from Parliament NZ

Who inspired the idea? Nelson City Fresh Choice supermarket source a lot of its food from within a 200 km radius.  If they can do it, so can you!


Nelson City Fresh Choice displays these signs through their supermarket.


Some useful stuff to know: Official participants are invited to send in photos, recipes and blogs about the highs and lows of their experience at least once a week.

They are also encouraged to receive help from the public, who may want to give them ingredients they find hard to source.

One non-locally grown and produced ingredient such as oats, wheat, something that might not grow locally is allowed through-out the challenge.

Participants are also allowed 5% non-local ingredients in each meal, so people can use salt and pepper and some herbs and spices.

Local support people will be assigned to support and monitor the participants in each region. They can visit at anytime to make sure meals are locally sourced.

The winning team or individual will receive a prize pack of Kiwi made food worth hundreds of dollars.  Stay tuned for the final details of the yummy prize!

To sign up, email: charlotte@happyzine.co.nz

For Official Entrants – the Mighty Fine Print!

Happyzine Eat Local Challenge guidelines:

1.All food must be sourced from within a 200 km radius of your home for 30 days except for a) up to 5% non-locally sourced food per meal – eg to cover salt and pepper b) One non-locally sourced extra ingredient, that can be consumed throug out the entire month, eg a grain.
2.You must be available for a visit – by media or one of the Happyzine eat local experts (we will identify them to you, and we’d need to be in touch about your timetable) through the month.
3.You can participate as a single person, or a group eg a family
4.You can access the food anyway you want so long as it’s legal, safe and kind! Get creative. You can trade, barter, use complementary currencies, kiwi dollars, beg from your friends and family or receive food donations from members of the public who support your mission.
5.We would love it if you would send us photos of your experiences, recipes, blogs, to share with our readers.  This is how we decide who to send the sustainably produced prize pack too (keep reading, this will make sense).
6.You must be prepared to record a list of everything you eat in a food diary that our local expert can look at, including information about where the food was sourced and the miles that each food item has has traveled so we can keep track of your progress. Some of this information will be shared with the public.
7.If you accidentally eat food from beyond the 200 kms you must record the amount of food miles that the food has traveled.
8.You must enter this challenge with the understanding that you are solely responsible for your health and well being. Happyzine doesn’t not take any responsibility for your health or well being – though we will cheer you on and support you as much as we can, in all manner of ways!
9.The winner (though you’re all winners) of the yummy food will: Have the most supportive comments on their blog entries, the least food miles and will ultimately be chosen by Happyzine editors and local experts.  He/she or they  will receive a prize pack of sustainably produced Kiwi made food which will arrive in their letter box in exciting and delicious packages!
10.The challenge starts Wednesday 1st April at 7am and ends Thursday 30th April at 7pm. The winning team or person will be announced Monday 4th May.
11.To enter email charlotte@happyzine.co.nz with a brief introduction to your team and how you intend to make it through the 30 days!

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  • Charlotte says:

    Here’s a great resource to measure radius around your home:
    Note: in NZ 200 km reaches really quite far.

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  • Gilly Stewart says:

    Hi – We run Co-Creationz, an Auckland-based research and evaluation organisation where we work collaboratively to value people and planet. We are currently investigating how to develop participatory models for identifying, measuring and growing sustainable development impacts across the quadruple bottom line. We work with the community, business and public sectors. I’d be really interested in if and how you will be measuring the benefits of your Eat Local Challenge. I think it is a great initiative, and wondering what qualitative and qualitative measures will or can apply to show the impact of your initiative as well as the wider societal, cultural, economic and environmental impacts of eating locally. This is fascinating. I’d love to understand more please, and offer some support if required.

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  • Charlotte says:

    Hi there Gilly, let’s talk! Email me on charlotte@happyzine.co.nz and we can arrange a chat 🙂

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