Kiwi Kai at Nelson Business Awards 2017

Reni and Kiwi Kai Nelson as a finalist in Nelson Business Awards. Unfortunately Kiwi Kai didn’t win their section. But Reni and her team earned lots of respect . Not bad for only opening 4 months ago !

At The 2017 NZ FOOD AWARDS!!!

Kia Ora whanau, We didn’t win our category at last night’s Food Awards. But what an experience! Very glitzy night. I was approached by a number of people wanting to do business with us … The Restaurant Association is keen to look at a way to access our puddings for chefs and caterers across the country; A food magazine is …

Kiwi Kai aims to bring traditional Maori food to the masses in Nelson

Nelson’s Kiwi Kai has gone from being a market stall to a bricks-and-mortar shop bringing Maori kai to the masses. Opening their doors to the public on Wednesday Kiwi Kai launched on Tuesday after a Maori blessing and a kapa haka performance. Kiwi Kai Nelson business manager Reni Wereta-Gargiulo said they were very excited about being able to offer Maori …

Seafood line goes down swimmingly with Kiwi Kai

Kiwi Kai founder Chris Poipoi never wanted to own a shop. Now he’s got two of them. This isn’t an accident however, rather part of his ambitious plans to create a food empire. “My plans are nationwide, Trans-Tasman, then global,” Poipoi said.”I wasn’t interested in owning a shop.” His journey from one outlet on Rotorua’s Amohau St to world domination, …

Nelson woman turns Kiwi Kai passion into tasty business

Kiwi Kai is a Nelson business making waves in the processed seafood industry, turning beautiful New Zealand seafood into delicious fare. Reni Wereta-Gargiulo is the owner, business manager, recipe designer and is in charge of production in her small commercial kitchen at home; in other words a one-woman-business-dynamo. Christmas before last we bought some of her canapes for our staff …

How a Kiwi mother took a risk and opened her own food business – Kiwi Kai

People have a lot of different things to thank for changing their fortunes – for Reni Gargiulo it was raw fish. When Gargiulo’s father lay in Dunedin hospital with cancer she took him raw fish to give him a break from hospital food. “Maori don’t like jelly and sandwiches,” she says. Gargiulo was going to Dunedin once a month and …

Rotorua steam pudding on high demand across NZ

From selling steam puddings at the market place in Rotorua to supplying the whole North Island, Rotorua’s own Kiwi Kai store is sharing traditional Maori food with New Zealand. Kiwi Kai, a Maori takeaway store and Maori food brand, was developed in Rotorua by a local man who wanted his mum’s traditional Maori recipes to live on. It opened in …

Proof in the pudding for Kiwi Kai

A Rotorua Maori food takeaway business is proving a hit around the country, after signing a deal to supply its steamed puddings to a major retail chain. Kiwi Kai’s steamed puddings had already been lining The Mad Butcher shelves from Whangarei south to Hawkes Bay, including 14 outlets in Auckland. The rapid rise of the “addictive” pudding has been so …

Chris Poipoi on Maori TV Kai Time

Rewi from Maori TV’s popular series ” Kai Time” heads to Rotorua to meet up with the new owner of Kiwi Kai, a takeaway shop specialising in hangi and rewena bread. Watch the whole episode here, or jump to 17 min 04secs in to find Kiwi Kai.

Kiwi Kai – My Success Story

Mum’s recipes were taking the fast food market by storm Chris Poipoi, 52, Rotorua. A curious group of tourists gathered around my stall in the busy marketplace . “This is rewena bread” I explained. “It’s traditional Maori food, or kai, as we call it.” “I’ll take some please,” one woman said in a French accent. Gladly, I handed over a …

Kiwi Kai opens in Rotorua

Iconic Rotorua takeaway Joe’s Diner re-opens after being closed for two years. It’s now a Māori takeaway shop called Kiwi Kai and it specialises in Māori kai such as hangi, rewana bread and steamed pudding.

Kiwi Kai in quest to win Maori food market over

The owner of a new takeaway store in Rotorua, specialising in hangi and rewena bread, hopes to turn his business into the “McDonald’s of Maori take­aways”. Kiwi Kai officially opened yesterday on Amohau St, at the site formerly occupied by Joe’s Diner, selling a selection of Maori food including boil-up, hangi and fried bread. Kiwi Kai co-director Chris Poipoi said …

Kiwi Kai takes over Joe’s

A unique takeaway store selling Maori kai has launched in Rotorua with dreams of expansion around New Zealand and Australia. Kiwi Kai is in the building formerly occupied by Joe’s Diner. The store sells hangi, boil -up, fried bread and rewena bread as well as rewena burgers and other palate-pleasing products. Chris Poipoi, one of the five owners, said the …