Fundraising and Community events

The Food Act 2014 sets out the requirements you need to comply with if you're making and selling food for fundraising, want to sell food at occasional events like markets and fairs, or are serving food as part of a club or society.

Food Act registration

What you have to do to comply with the Food Act 2014 depends on the circumstances.

Check out My Food Rules for the food safety requirements for fundraising & community events.

You don't have to register under the Act if you're selling food:

  • to raise funds for a charity, cultural or community group less than 20 times a year
  • provided by members of sports clubs, social clubs or marae – where food is not the purpose of the event
  • once in a calendar year at an event such as a local fair.

However, you will have to register under the Act if you're:

  • fundraising more than 20 times a year
  • catering events at clubs, or selling food at club bars or restaurants
  • bartering or exchanging food commercially
  • selling food commercially at fairs, markets, or community events more than once a year.

All sold food must be safe to eat

For resources about being food safe and food safety tips, please visit MPI - Fundraising & community events page.

Further Information

For more information about how the Food Act will apply to your fundraising or community event, please visit MPI - Fundraising & community events page.

This page also provides information about food prepared on a marae, donating food, giving away food as promotional material, and homekill and recreational catch.

Event organisers should contact us directly as there are also other requirements to consider such as applicable bylaws, recreation ground hire, building consents (marquees), alcohol licensing, noise and traffic management. Please call us on (03) 433 0300.