New South Taranaki cooking class cuts the mustard

Mastering nutritional cooking on a budget is a course that has hit the mark for the South Taranaki Whanau Centre.

Brooke Symes has been cooking up a storm at the classes and says they have made her far more aware of her health, and how to look after it on a budget.

“I used to think eating healthy was something I couldn’t afford,” she says.

“Now I cook more than ever and even my friends comment on how my cooking has improved and is tastier!”

 Brooke Symes (left) and Helen D’Ath (right)

South Taranaki Whanau Centre (STWC) manager Nicky Baker says this course is one of three new ones on offer.

“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,” she says.

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

Te Karaka Chair Ken Horner says the foundation oversees the allocatation of about $40,000 in funding per year under the Tindall Foundation’s supporting families and social services programme.

“It is great to see that these courses have been developed based on feedback from STWC clients,” Horner says.

“We believe the potential flow on effects from these courses is very valuable for the South Taranaki community.”

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 email The next round of Tindall Foundation funding closes August 31.

  • Te Karaka is Taranaki’s community foundation connecting generous people with the people, projects and charitable causes making a real difference in the Taranaki community.
  • The Tindall Foundation is a philanthropic family foundation established in 1994 by Sir Stephen and Lady Margaret Tindall.
  • Opened in 2001, the STWC is part of Taranaki Safe Families Trust, and is responsible for running courses, facilitating support groups and advocacy for the empowerment of families and whanau. You can follow the STWC on Facebook.