At Just Kai we research supply chains to find and promote slave free choices.
We're a group of Kiwis trying to encourage other Kiwis to buy food they're confident wasn't produced by slaves. Why? If no one buys slave-produced goods, then that's one less reason to enslave people in the first place. It's one way we can all help to end Modern Slavery.
Our focus is the three foods where slavery is most common, which are fish, cocoa and sugar. We produce buying guides on food with a high risk of slavery in its supply chain, particularly fish, cocoa/chocolate and sugar. Subscribe to our blog or Facebook page for updates and to receive seasonal guides such as our annual Easter chocolate guide.
Our founder, Heather, is available to speak at churches, community organisations and events, particularly in the Auckland region.
Heather is the main researcher for Just Kai and also speaks at events and runs our Facebook and Twitter pages. She started Just Kai after learning about the terrible abuses some people suffer to produce our food: she felt called to be part of the solution. Outside of Just Kai she enjoys baking, handcrafts, cycling and swimming.
Christine works with Heather to turn the detailed research notes into quick summary guides. She started helping with Just Kai to learn about ethical business operations and how companies can address human rights risks. Outside of Just Kai (and her day job as an analyst), Christine enjoys reading, playing guitar, occasionally cooking, and hanging with family and friends.
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Grace has been passionate about slavery ever since childhood when she first discovered the work of William Wilberforce and the Clapham Sect. Grace discovered Just Kai whilst she was volunteering at Tearfund's Justice Conference in 2022. Eager to get involved, she contacted Heather, and within a couple of months she’d joined the team. Outside of Just Kai, you'll find Grace tiki touring around the world, visiting family and friends.
Barbara has begun to help Heather with the research side of things, checking company information and websites. She spent several years in central Africa, has visited many countries in Asia and having seen the conditions in which so many people live, believes that our food should not come to us at the expense of others’ freedom. In her spare time she enjoys singing, reading, being with grandchildren and walking.
Martin maintains the Just Kai website as well as providing moral support to Heather, his wife. He grew up in S.E. Asia and sees Just Kai as part of helping the kids he grew up around have better opportunities in life. He works as a software engineer, is heavily involved in his local church and loves riding his bike for transport.
The work of Just Kai is also made possible by Anna Seccombe, Sarah Woodfield, Heather Woods, and Grant Taylor who help out at events and check labeling of products in the wild.
Since starting Just Kai we’ve had the opportunity to share at a bunch of events, including The Justice Conference, Fairfield conference, Devonport Ethical Christmas Market, and church services.
- quoted in Stuff: "The nasty surprise hidden in your fish this Christmas" | Dec 2022
- Good Magazine: "Where does your tea come from?" | May 2022
- quoted in Stuff: The worst 'ingredient' in chocolate Easter eggs is illegal for children | April 2022
- collaboration with Tearfund: Spilling the beans - the bitter truth of chocolate | April 2022
- fair&good guest post on ethical chocolate | December 2021
- fair&good guest post on can big companies be ethical | October 2021
- fair&good guest post on ethical food certifications | September 2021
- fair&good guest post on ethical seafood | June 2021
- fair&good guest post on ethical supermarket shopping | March 2021
- Tearfund mailout on Easter Eggs | Apr 2020
- Baptist Mag interview with Heather | Feb 2020
- Tearfund mailout on Christmas treats | Dec 2019
- Panel discussion of Worker Exploitation at the Justice Conference | September 2022
- Interviewed on Radio Rhema | August 2022
- Interviewed on Radio New Zealand News | April 2022
- Hosanna Avondale Baptist | November 2020
- 4Cs (a senior citizen support organisation) | August 2020
- Ponsonby Baptist Church | July 2019
- Fairfield Conference | March 2019
- Radio Rhema Interview | Nov 2018