May 2018 Newsletter


Founding trustee Rochelle Francis cuts the cake, celebrating 5 years!

Founding trustee Rochelle Francis cuts the cake, celebrating 5 years!

The Love Local team have been busy during May.  We have celebrated turning five with the addition of many new customers. We have also attended some great events in Invercargill, such as the Community Expo and Southland Interagency Forum.  It has been fantastic to network with other like-minded agencies in Invercargill and spread the Love Local message. 

A big thank you to everyone that came along to celebrate our fifth birthday with us.  It is a fantastic milestone and wonderful to see such strong public support.  Thanks also to The Pantry for hosting us.  It is a pleasure to be able to work alongside a fellow Invercargill social enterprise.  If you are currently a Love Local customer and would like to be able to source other grocery items from a supplier that supports our community, please check out The Pantry on Grace Street.  A special thanks to Taylor Made Cakes for our yummy cake!

I would also like to acknowledge the founding trustees (Scott and Sara Westbury, Rochelle Francis and Nathan Surendran) for having the vision to establish Love Local five years ago.  It is a fantastic organisation, one that we are all proud to be involved with as well as having a great positive impact on our community.

Stay healthy!

Louise Duffy,

Operations Manager

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April 2018 Newsletter


Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith, second from left, representing New Zealand in Table Tennis

Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith, second from left, representing New Zealand in Table Tennis

Firstly, a BIG congratulations to our Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith.  I mentioned last month that she was off to represent New Zealand in Table Tennis at the New Zealand Veteran Champs.  She has done a fantastic job with a bronze medal in the over 40's teams and was part of the winning New Zealand team against Australia.  This has secured Shelley a spot in the
NZ team to travel to the Australian Veteran Champs in October. Great work Shelley!

The team at Love Local are delighted to confirm the recommencement of delivery of our charitable bags to support the Bluff community.  We would like to thank Tyron Strongman, the team at Bluff Bus Service and the Eagle Hotel for working with us to help make this happen.

May is also going to be a big month for Love Local, as we will celebrate our fifth birthday.  We are proud to have been helping the Invercargill community for five years, so are holding a celebration.  This will be a family friendly, community event - so please join us at The Pantry on Sunday 20 May, between 1-3pm.  We are running a children’s colouring competition alongside this event.  If you know someone that would like to participate, entry forms can be downloaded at or email if you would like the link sent direct.

We would also like to celebrate our fifth year, by expanding the good that we do in our community. If you love your Love Local delivery, please tell your friends and share the love.

Stay healthy - Louise


Operations Manager, Louise Duffy

Operations Manager, Louise Duffy

Each month we will be introducing you to one of the dedicated team behind
Love Local.  This month we are catching up with Louise Duffy.

Where were you born?  Wyndham

What are your hobbies? Dog agility, taking my daughter horse riding and following my partner’s musical endeavours.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you? As a young child, I had an imaginary friend.

What is your role at Love Local? Operations Manager

How long have you been involved? Three months (since Jan 2018)

What led you to be involved?  I saw the role advertised on Facebook and it looked like a great organisation to be part of.  Luckily for me, the interview process showed we were a great fit for each other.

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the Love Local team?  Achieving all of our aspirational goals in a short time, with a small budget.

What is the most rewarding? Achieving all of our aspirational goals in a short time, with a small budget.  It is also a great feeling to be able to apply my previous business experience to an organisation that is focused on improving outcomes for the community, rather than profit.

What is your favourite quote?   “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” A Polish saying that is a great reminder to avoid unnecessary drama.


The Fab Four!

As we’ve had a bit of an Antarctic blast lately, I thought it would be a great time to discuss what you can eat to help keep the bugs at bay for you and your family over the cooler months. I present to you ‘the Fab Four’ - a few key nutrients that can lessen your chances of catching a cold or flu.

Vitamin C must be the first thing we all think of when we’re sick - plenty of fruit and vegetables!  Your body doesn’t store vitamin C very well, which is why it is so important to eat your 5+ a day, each and every day. Including plenty of coloured fruit and vegetables in our diet is one of the best things you can do to prevent illness.  These foods have antioxidants that are important for fighting infection.

 Zinc is one of the most important nutrients for optimal immunity. To boost your zinc levels, you could increase your intake of lean meat, chicken and seafood and/or eat more healthy dairy products, eggs, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables.

Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin.  As the sun will be more scarce over the coming months, it pays to choose foods with vitamin D, such as dairy products or oily fish, like salmon and sardines.  It may also pay to look into a vitamin D supplement.

Probiotics are important for our gut health.  This plays a role in our overall health and immunity. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir can be good, but plain old natural yoghurt does the trick too!

So, when the shivers or sniffles start to arrive, I hope you’re reminded about ‘the Fab Four’ - giving health to your core and helping you do more!

 Feel free to email me with dietitian-related questions or if there’s something you’d like to know more about at


We are going to be celebrating five years of providing easy access to fresh, local fruit and vegetables for the people of Invercargill. Everyone is welcome to mark this special milestone with us.

Sunday, May 20th
1pm - 3 pm
The Pantry, 133 Grace Street.

This is a free event with child friendly activities. Fun for all!

March 2018 Newsletter


Wow, I can’t believe March is almost over.  Although, after such a super summer we can’t begrudge the shift to autumn temperatures.  If your vegetable patch is starting to slow down with the cooler temperatures, then it is a great time to increase your Love Local delivery.

Love Local has had a fantastic month.  A couple of highlights have been working with the
Red Cross Invercargill branch to provide a welcome pack of Love Local fruit and vegetables to new refugee families; as well as starting collaboration with Awarua Whanau Services as a distribution hub for our Healthy Whanau bags.

I would like to thank the many customers that provided feedback on our upcoming price change.  This will come into effect on 28 March 2018, affecting the prices of bags delivered from 4 April 2018.  It was positive to hear that you will continue to see great value in our produce offering.  While it is always regrettable to pass an increase onto customers, following five years of operation at the same price point, it is a step we needed to take to ensure our sustainability.  We appreciate your understanding.

Also, on a personal note, I would like to wish the best of luck to our Service Co-ordinator Shelley Smith.  At Easter she heads to Taupo to compete in the New Zealand Veterans Table Tennis Championships. She is representing New Zealand in a test match against Australia and will be competing in the individual events as well.  She has been training exceptionally hard and I know she will do us proud!         

Stay healthy - Louise Duffy, Operations Manager


Each month we will be introducing you to one of the dedicated team behind Love Local.  This month we are catching up with Shelley Smith.


Where were you born?  I was born in Auckland and moved to Southland in 2006.

What are your hobbies?  Competitive Table Tennis, collecting everything and anything interesting, home renovating and classic cars.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you?   When I was a teenager, my family entered the ‘Black Object’ competition with Radio Hauraki. We made a massive papier-mâché Gorilla that stood over 6 foot tall. We won a $25,000 jet boat for our efforts! 

What is your role with Love Local? Part Time Service Co-Ordinator

How long have you been involved?  Since January 2018

What led you to be involved?  When I saw the Love Local role advertised, I did some research and instantly knew that I wanted to be a part of this wonderful team.  I also have my own Mortgage Advising company in Invercargill (Shelley Smith Mortgages).  My two roles go hand in hand as I know I can make a difference in people’s lives in more ways than one.  Helping to put a roof over people’s heads, and providing affordable healthy food to my awesome community!

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the Love Local team?   No challenges, just exciting opportunities waiting to happen!

What is the most rewarding?  Being able to support local businesses and helping to choose the healthy produce that goes into the Love Local bags.

What is your favourite quote?  “Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then they beat you with experience.”


Buying a Love Local bag is a great way of budgeting as you will know exactly how much you spend each week!  With constantly fluctuating fruit & vegetable prices, we do the price control for you. 

As you may already be aware, effective 28 March 2018 (for deliveries on 4 April) there will be a price increase as below:

Fruit bag:              $11.50
Small bag:             $19.50
Regular bag:         $29.00
Large bag:             $39.50

If you have an automatic payment set up, can you please amend your payments from 28th March.  If you ever need to cancel an order, or put your order on hold over a holiday period, please let us know at least a week before your scheduled delivery date.   As well as weekly orders, we also have fortnightly and monthly orders available.


As well as providing customers with healthy fruit and vegetable bags, Love Local collaborates with local charities such as the Red Cross.  

Such partnerships enable us to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to people in need in our community.  One such initiative is providing free fruit and vegetable bags to new refugee families to Invercargill.

If you would like to support this initiative, donations can be made to: Love Local (Kiwibank) 38-9014-0854331-03, with the reference Red Cross.


The Healthier Choice

Healthy eating can be hard. Especially when there are a million messages flying at us from all directions about what we should be eating. And how. And when. And where.  I thought this month I would share with you the “Healthier Choice” initiative I am currently working on. This is a small label for cafe owners to place next to food items that are healthier with the aim of making healthier eating easy. The key to this is in the word healthier. “Healthier” menu items may not necessarily tick all of the boxes of being the perfect food to eat for good health. However, the menu item may be slightly healthier in the way that it was cooked or the ingredients that were used. Being humans and eating everyday (hopefully!) means that the healthy changes we make to our eating and drinking do make a difference, but on the other hand can lead to weight creeping up on us!

In broad terms, when I look for healthier foods I am looking for more fruit and vegetables, more whole-grains, more nutrient rich foods, and less sugar, salt and fat.

Healthier habits:

·         Choose a grainy bread.

·         Swap from white to brown rice.

·         Add an extra vegetable to the meal.

·         Have a fruit based dessert or piece of baking.

·         Use a little less oil when cooking (a good rule of thumb is 1 tsp per person.)

·         Switch from coconut cream to coconut milk or a ‘lite’ version.

·         Enjoy two pieces of chocolate instead of six.

·         Have a small handful of plain nuts instead of a muesli bar.

·         Halve the amount of muesli you usually serve yourself and use plain oats or Weetbix to make up the volume.

These are just a few examples of many! If you have any healthier tips that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you.




Students signing up for their Love Local fruit and vege bags at SIT O-Week.

Students signing up for their Love Local fruit and vege bags at SIT O-Week.

Welcome to the first ever Love Local newsletter.  We have decided that providing a monthly newsletter is a great way of keeping you up to date, as part of the Love Local community.  We have had a great start to 2018 and hope you have too!  Community funding has enabled us to start the year with two new staff members, Louise Duffy as Operations Manager and Shelley Smith as Service Co-ordinator.  Combining their skills and fresh ideas, along with Riki (Packaging Supervisor) and the trustees’ experience and enthusiasm, we are looking forward to a great year.  Louise and Shelley are learning the ropes and looking forward to growing Love Local, enabling us to help more people in need.

Most recently the team have been at SIT O-Week, encouraging students to sign up to eat more local fruit and vegetables.  We ran a giveaway over this period, so congratulations to Pratibha Sharma, who will this week enjoy a free vegetable bag, as our lucky winner.  As SIT is a hub for weekly drop-offs, it is cost effective and convenient for students to sign up, so spread the word to any students that you know.  

We have really enjoyed being out in our community, spreading the message that Love Local is good for you and good for our community, so be sure to let us know of any upcoming events that you would like to see us at.

We have also been fortunate to move into new premises, so are thankful to the Southland Table Tennis Association for their support in providing a venue from which to conduct our packing activities.

We hope you enjoy browsing our first newsletter and until next month – stay healthy.



Each month we will be introducing you to one of the dedicated team behind Love Local.  This month we are catching up with trustee Cam Richardson.

Where were you born?  A town literally called ‘High Point’ in North Carolina, USA.

What are your hobbies? Coming up with detailed start-up ideas, singing/guitar/drums, mountain biking, public speaking and social sports.

What is something people are surprised to find out about you? Throughout high school, I was fairly well-known because of my ability to beatbox – if you don’t know what that is… Google it!

What is your role at Love Local? I’m a trustee with my wife, Lauren, and specifically interested in the digital, scalable and marketing functions of Love Local.

How long have you been involved? One year now! Wow!

What lead you to be involved? Lauren and I have had a dream for a while now to deliver products that make healthy eating easier and cheaper. She has serious skills in nutrition and dietetics, and I like developing organisations. When we found Love Local, we knew it was a great fit!

What is the biggest challenge in being part of the Love Local team?  So many ideas and opportunities, so little time.

What is the most rewarding? We love getting a bag each week, and knowing similar bags around the city are helping people to eat more healthily, and in some cases – actually having a decent meal. That’s cool!

What is your favourite quote?  “Act local, think global.”

A FRIENDLY REMINDER for our happy and healthy customers to make sure that you leave your empty Love Local bags at your collection or drop off point on Wednesday mornings.  That way we can collect them and replace them with ones laden with fresh fruit and veges!!  Love us… love the environment.


Hey, I’m Lauren! I trained as a dietitian with the hope that I would be able to make a positive impact against this obesity epidemic we find ourselves in. That might be a bit too intense and ‘big picture’ for the average Joe, but I seriously believe making fruit and veges more affordable and available on a local scale is part of the answer! By receiving Love Local bags, you are already doing something right – together we’re eating and learning to better prepare local produce! With this brief article, I hope to share with you:

  •          Nuggets of knowledge I have gained in my research
  •          Nutrition tips that won’t break the bank
  •          A dietitian’s spin on topical issues

 As an introductory week, I thought it would be a good opportunity to let you know why you have made an excellent product choice from a dietitian’s point of view. Southlanders (and Kiwis in general for that matter) eat quite a bit of meat. In fact, if meat-eating were an Olympic sport, we would only just miss out on a podium finish. The meat itself does have good nutrients (iron, zinc, B-vitamins and protein) for us, however we do need to be mindful about how much we are eating. Meat contains a lot of saturated fat (the ‘bad’ fat that can contribute to heart disease), so eating too much can put you at risk for heart disease. There is also evidence to show eating too much meat can contribute to certain types of cancer. How much is too much? The World Health Organisation has recently recommended 455g of red meat per week – at the moment we’re eating about 3x that! I’m not saying you need to be vegan or vegetarian, but by aiming for even one or two meat free days a week, you are making a positive difference to your health. Another bonus to meat-free meals is you don’t have to worry about getting the meat out of the freezer - what a win! Hopefully you’re getting an idea about why this is such a passion point of mine. Feel free to email me with dietitian-related questions or something you’d like to know more about at



  • Veges are ready to go in for winter maturing. Cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli and silverbeet planted now will give you plenty to eat for the winter.
  • Time to dig your potatoes and store them for the winter.  Hessian bags make excellent storage bags as they breathe and keep the light out.
  • Fruit trees are starting to ripen. Pick the fruit before it falls or the birds will get to it before you do!


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

Ideas for where we go with this!

We've put in a lot of effort to get where we are, but we haven't stopped moving.

We want to be responsive to our community of customers and volunteers ideas, to help us identify and shape future changes we make.

To assist us in that process, please submit your ideas and vote for others via our ideas management portal here:

We'd love to hear your thoughts! If you've any other feedback, please email, or call us on 03 928 5073 (local call) and leave a message. 

Love Local Charitable Trust Launches Fruit and Veg Box Scheme in Invercargill

Love Local is, you guessed it, a local initiative! It's a charitable trust that delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to your door. Not only that, it support low income and unwaged families by providing fresh fruit and vegetables at a subsidised rate.

Nathan Surendran, a spokesperson for the Love Local Trust board, staffed by the founding volunteers, said “The Trust was born from a group of friends wondering how to do something in Southland that would be of benefit to the community. We discussed encouraging healthy eating and fruit and veg box schemes were brought up”.

“We then found there is not a lot of fruit and vegetable grown to supply the local markets in Southland” says Mr Surendran. “The growers we have identified are pleased to find there is another route to the local market for their products; however we are always interested in hearing from more growers”. The Trust's goal is to have 50% of all produce from local producers within the first year. “It’s an ambitious target but we will be giving it our best shot” says Mr Surendran. “Longer term, we want 100% local, and this will involve more growers into the marketplace, particularly to produce over the winter months under cover.”

Love Local is a community program and is reliant on support from you as a customer, and potentially as a volunteer, or even a grower, to generate the benefit to the community that they believe possible. “When you look at the global picture, it's clear that we're not doing anything novel or controversial. There's a huge shift towards communities participating more in their local food supply, with a proliferation of food box schemes, community supported agriculture cooperatives, etc."

If you would like to buy a box on a one off or regular basis, to volunteer with Love Local – primarily to help pack and distribute boxes, or if you're a grower interested in supplying us, contact us on 03 928 5073, via email:, or fill the contact form on our website at

You are also invited to help spread the word via social media – please like and share Love Local's Facebook page at


Press: For more information contact:

Nathan Surendran of Love Local on

Phone: 03 928 5073 or 021 209 6286

Web: or