Koanga Institute Tunnel House Fundraiser

$6,200 of $6,000 goal
Given by 36 generous donors in around 6 months

Help us fund a new tunnel house for heritage seed production


For over 30 years, the team at Koanga Institute have been developing and nurturing a precious collection of over 800 types of NZ heritage seeds. These seeds are important historically as they are part of the heritage of Aotearoa but also going forwards as they represent a biodiverse collection of food plants adapted to local soils and climates. As we move forwards into uncertain climate conditions having a bio diverse collection of food plant varieties available will greatly increase resilience and food security.

Unlike commercial seeds, Koanga seeds are selected for qualities gardeners are looking for, such as long cropping season, great taste, nutrient density, disease resistance and suitability for organic biological growing systems, and are also suitable for home gardeners to save seed from.

We grow large amounts of seeds each year and unpredictable weather conditions are particularly problematic for seed collection. Periods of very wet weather can seriously impact production, sometimes resulting in complete loss of seed if the wet weather occurs around seed harvest time. In addition some types of plants, particularly tomatoes and lettuces, produce more quality seed more reliably if they have a rain cover.

As climate change continues to disrupt our weather patterns, it is of extreme importance that we not only continue to preserve seed biodiversity but that we also increase the amounts of seed that we produce to make them accessible to Kiwis nationwide. A tunnel house will protect our seed crops from the elements, ensuring our seed biodiversity is protected for generations to come.

The tunnel house will be used mainly to grow New Zealand heritage varieties of lettuce including Odell's, Lightheart, Half century, Mignonette, Finger Lettuce, Webb's Wonderful, Batavian Red, and Tree lettuce, and tomatoes including Kings Gold, Hawkes Bay yellow, Alma, Ponsonby Red, Dalmatian Oxheart, Wonder, Watermouth, Small Sweet Orange, J Walsh yellow and more.

As a Charitable Trust finding the capital to purchase a suitable tunnel house is difficult and we greatly appreciate all contributions to assist us.

About us

Koanga Institute is a Charitable Trust that is well known as New Zealand's primary heritage seed saving organisation. For over 30 years Koanga has saved and made available heritage food plants from around Aotearoa. Koanga also aims to inspire, educate and support people towards a more regenerative way of living.

Use of funds

The funds will be used for purchase and installation of a suitable tunnel house from Redpath (http://www.redpath.co.nz/), who have generously given a discount to assist us.

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Latest update

December 2018 - Almost there with our target!  6 December 2018

We have raised just over $5600 of our $6000 target and want to give a big thank you to everyone who has helped so far.

The tunnel house frame is now up and the extra $400 still to be raised will help to pay the people who have worked so hard to achieve this.

We have an unexpected additional $1000 required due to fees to the council so we'd appreciate it greatly if people could donate beyond our target to raise this extra amount.

Thanks so much for all of your contributions - we appreciate all of you!

Special thanks to Centrality (https://centrality.ai/) for their business sponsorship of our project.

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Jane on 10 Dec 2018
Nearly there - good luck with getting over the line ;)
Nicola on 10 Dec 2018
Keep up the amazing work Kay and team!
Noel Armstrong
Noel Armstrong on 09 Dec 2018
Best wishes for a bounteous 2019

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