Trade School Kitchen

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Monday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Tuesday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Wednesday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Thursday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Friday7:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

SundayClosed.

17 Everest Avenue, Naenae, Lower Hutt

022 341 0287

Described as the ‘living room of the Naenae community’, Trade School Kitchen is a not-for-profit community based cafe doing what it can to give back to its people. It provides a space of belonging and manaakitanga to people from all walks of life and offers training opportunities for people facing employment barriers.

Opening back in 2018, Trade School Kitchen’s intention was to support women who had undergone barista training whilst in Arohata Women’s Prison upon their release. Opportunities were provided, newfound skills could be practised and perfected. The inclusive sphere has now expanded to anyone who has engaged in the justice system, as well as people struggling with their mental wellbeing, and untrained and unemployed youth. There is inbuilt recognition that while certain skills are essential, they need to be complemented by support, encouragement and the space to imagine new possibilities for life - all things which Trade School Kitchen offers.

Having close ties to Common Good Coffee (also a social enterprise supporting community change), baristas continue to hone the art of a silky flat white day in, day out – so their coffee continues to be a source of pride. Foodwise, stand out items include the famous cheese scones, the house made hummus and ruby kraut on toast, and the decadent cakes made by Xenia. Given the desire to keep ethical eating front and centre, it's only natural that the organic sourdough is locally made and the eggs and meat are all free-farmed.

In a world where second chances can be hard to come by, Trade School Kitchen is doing their bit to help people live their lives to the full, to see the community thrive and ensure people are loved and accepted for who they are. Just the way it should be.

Words by Nicole Mudgway & Photography by Anna Briggs

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Location

17 Everest Avenue, Naenae, Lower Hutt

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