About the Kōanga Institute

The Kōanga Institute is a registered charitable trust dedicated to the protection and development of heritage seeds, food plants and animals, as well as the advancement of regenerative systems for a sustainable future. With the distinction of holding the largest heritage seed collection in the southern hemisphere, Kōanga is at the forefront of innovation in the field of regenerative agriculture. Our organisation’s commitment to preserving our cultural food heritage and promoting sustainable practices positions us as a unique and pioneering leader in the industry. Through our efforts, we strive to create a resilient and thriving future for generations to come.

Mission Statement

At the Kōanga Institute, our mission is to inspire, encourage, and support the growth of regenerative self-reliant communities. We aim to achieve this by safeguarding, cultivating, and sharing New Zealand’s rich heritage of food plants and animals. Through extensive research, experiential learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, we strive to promote regenerative systems and the practice of seed saving. By engaging with individuals and communities, we seek to facilitate the adoption of a regenerative culture that fosters sustainability, resilience, and ecological harmony. Together, we can create a future where self-reliance, biodiversity, and the preservation of our cultural food heritage thrive.


Current Positions

Office Coordinator

Office Coordinator

Position Overview: Kōanga Nursery is seeking a full time Office Coordinator to join our team.You will play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of our office,distribution, and retail shop coordination. This position requires exceptional organisational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to efficiently manage multiple responsibilities. The ideal candidate should be adept…

Kōanga Garden Crew Member

Kōanga Garden Crew Member

Kōanga Institute is seeking a Garden Crew member to work with our small, hardworking Garden Crew. Key Responsibility: Requirements: Working Hours & Remuneration ● 40 hours per week ● $23- $24.50per hour – To be discussed, depending on skills & experience. Accommodation: Available: A basic off grid cabin, caravan, on-site at Kōanga with shared facilities…

Kōanga Assistant Garden Manager

Kōanga Assistant Garden Manager

We are looking for an amazing, dedicated, passionate person to join our gardening team. If you think this is you, we would love to hear from you.  Kōanga Institute is seeking an Assistant Garden Manager to work with our Head Garden manager and our small, hardworking Garden Crew. Requirements: Personal Skills & Attributes: Joining the…