Janice Lee – Founder, Koha Kai

Janice founded Koha Kai, a not for profit charitable trust that encourages a life of purpose and wellbeing for some of the most vulnerable people in New Zealand. Her aim was to change society’s attitude to disability by seeing the work disabled people do in the community: cooking good food for a gold coin Koha.

The programme has evolved into the ‘Lunches in Schools’ programme in Southland. It offers a way for people living with disability to engage with their community, learn new skills, have inspirational mentoring and a vocational pathway. Koha Kai works with community mental health, district health boards and other medical and disability service providers.  It grows its own produce and sells meals to the wider community.

Through Janice’s vision people are transforming their lives for the better.