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It is hard to believe it is almost Christmas.  It has been an action packed 2018 for Love Local and we look forward to what 2019 brings.  In the lead up to Christmas a highlight was Shelley and I attending the Able Christmas Luncheon.  It was a privilege to be invited and the vibe of community and support in the room is what Christmas is all about, far more so than my terrible Santa impersonation. 

It has been a pleasure to get to know and work with some of the agencies that support our community this year and we look forward to doing this even more in 2019.  Keep in mind that we provide low cost fruit and vegetables to those in need in our communities and you are welcome to refer candidates to us.

We continue to have positive feedback from customers regarding our meal planning and recipes, so it is great to hear you are enjoying this new offering.  Based on this feedback we are likely to continue this into 2019, so thank you for taking the time to communicate with us – we are listening. 

We had a fantastic response to our recent survey and look forward to applying your feedback into the ongoing improvement of the Love Local service and look forward to some exciting developments for 2019.

Just a reminder that we will be taking a break over Christmas, so your last delivery will be Wednesday 19 December, resuming Wednesday 16 January.

Have a wonderful holiday season, stay healthy and take care of those around you.

Louise and the Love Local team.

Ida and Fleur horsing around!

Ida and Fleur horsing around!


What is your name?  While everyone calls me Fleur, my full name is Springbrook Sunrise Flirt, but that is a bit of a mouthful.
I am a 15 year-old Welsh mountain pony.

What is your role with Love Local?  I’m a volunteer, mostly involved in quality control and waste management.  The team inspect the produce that is being delivered to our customers, it is normally all excellent quality, but from time to time, any apples and carrots that don’t meet their high standards are delivered to me, and I dispose of them in an environmentally friendly manner.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you?  I can sleep standing up, or lying down, also my hooves are made of the same protein as human hair and fingernails.

How long have you been involved?  My owner became the Operations Manager in January 2018 and I have been performing my voluntary role since then.

What led you to be involved?  “Led” ha, great pun.  I have a passion for the community, but it is mostly my greedy pony appetite that keeps me in the role.

What is most rewarding?  The fantastic access to top quality fresh fruit and vegetables.  While the apples and carrots are a big reward, I have also tried pears and kale.

What is your favourite saying?  “A horse is a horse of course of course”.


Some tips from Love Local Trustee Lauren Richardson, who is a dietician.

It seems that the Christmas period is a showcase of the amount of food we have access to in our society! We struggle to stay away from it at times, but here are some helpful tips to help with keeping things relatively healthy over the silly season.

 If you are having a buffet, survey all the options before you start loading up your plate. This will help you choose your preferred options rather than loading up on everything at the start.

  • Choose a smaller plate.

  • Eat slowly and mindfully.

  • Choose non-food based gifts for friends and family.

  • Always add some veg to easily get those beneficial nutrients in.

  • Eat regular meals - if you let yourself go hungry, you are more likely to fill up on high fat snacks which can add up.

  • In a similar vein...beware of the cheeseboard! These can be very high in fat, but the amount we eat so easily slips away on us.

  • Give leftovers away.

  • If you are bringing a plate, make sure yours is the healthy one.

  • Remember there are extra calories in alcohol we often don’t think about.

Above all, enjoy the Christmas period and remove the guilt around any foods you choose to eat!


Love Local delivers locally sourced (where possible) fruit and vegetable bags to customers in Southland. This is super convenient and great value for our customers. Our primary charitable activity is our 'Healthy Whanau' scheme, which supports those in need with access to low cost fruit and vegetables.


Buying your fruit and vegetables from Love Local puts money into local businesses and provides healthier outcomes for those in our community that most need it. This will grow in proportion to your support!

If you are not a customer yet and would love to join Love Local, you can order directly from our website or phone us on (03) 928-5073.