Community Events and Fundraising

If you are preparing, selling or serving food at a community event or for fundraising the food must be prepared safely and be suitable to eat. Most people preparing and selling food at community events do not need to register with NPDC but we recommend using the My Food Rules tool on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website to make sure you do follow any necessary rules or requirements.

Even if you do not need to register it is still very important that all food is suitably prepared and safe to eat. MPI manages food safety requirements and have fact sheets on their website that will help you follow safe food practices. 

Activities and groups that probably do not need to register:

  • Selling food for fundraising less than 20 times a year. Fundraising activities include sausage sizzles, raffles and charity events.
  • Sharing food with others at sports clubs, social clubs or marae where food is not the purpose of the event. For example, providing nibbles at a bowling club games night or serving food at a tangi.
  • Selling food once in a calendar year at an event such as a local fair.
  • Home-based childcare providers who prepare food for children in their care.
  • Small accommodation operators who provide food to less than 10 guests.
  • Growers selling unprocessed, home-grown fruit and vegetables directly to consumers, such as at farm gates or farmers markets.
  • People who sell only manufacturer pre-packaged foods that don't need refrigeration or freezing, like packets of biscuits or cans of food. 
  • Commercial fishing operators providing meals to their crew.
  • Clubs, organisations and societies where members produced food for other members at events or gatherings held and attended by members and where the trade in food is not the purpose of the event.