Love Food Hate Waste NZ

New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food which is thrown out uneaten.  This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country.

Put another way, we throw away 122,547 tonnes of food annually, enough to feed 262,917 people or 4.5 times the population of Porirua for a year.

Bread is the most wasted food item, with 20 million loaves thrown away each year – and that doesn’t include the bread we throw to the birds!

Image showing different types of bread.

“Bread is one of the top ten products thrown out!”

Porirua City Council is part of a national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to help Kiwi families to waste less food. 

For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money, visit

Contact Us

For more information on how to reduce food waste, contact Dee Jones, Zero Waste Co-coordinator on

Links to more information

See also our Waste Minimisation page for information on our Waste Minimisation plans and strategies.