2020 was a milestone year of transformation for Cultivate Christchurch.


The pandemic not only had a huge impact on our usual operations, but also brought many additional challenges for the youth we support in our community. We knew we had to rise to the challenge and ensure our kaupapa (philosophy, programme) remained sustainable for the benefit of the rangatahi of Ōtautahi (Christchurch).


Our youth interns, team, volunteers, supporters and community stepped up and ensured local whānau (family) could continue to access quality produce at home. We worked around the clock to harvest and pack veggie bags for delivery across Canterbury – and out of the adversity, we grew.

I’m exceptionally proud to present Cultivate Christchurch’s first annual Impact Report, which tells the story of how we’ve built our social enterprise. We wouldn’t be where we are without the guidance of our incredibly knowledgeable Advisory Board.


A huge thank-you to you all for going above and beyond to support Cultivate to navigate the ever-changing landscape of 2020. With the support of our community, our kaupapa (philosophy/programme) is flourishing and we look forward to enabling more young people facing challenges to enter training and employment in 2021.

Ngā mihi maioha (thanks a lot) to everyone who has been part of the Cultivate journey so far.


Ruia ngā kākano o te tūmanako ki roto i te māra o te hinengaro (sow the seeds of hope in the garden of the mind).

Fiona Stewart

Managing Director


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Happy Gardener

"I read the (impact) report in its entirety and was so impressed by your outreach and networking with other organisations and all the lives of the young people you have touched!! And also please that we can help in some small way by supporting you (through buying veggie bags each week)"

Chrissie, veggie gardener



Top five finalist for Gardena Gardener of the Year 2017 

Finalists in AMP Capital People’s Choice Award for Community

Change-maker 2017

Christchurch Civic Trust Awards 2019

Canterbury Hospitality Awards - Outstanding Supplier


Nominees for Westpac Champion Business Awards 2020 and 2021


Finalists - Sustainable Business Awards 2020