Pomegranate Kitchen is....
We want to focus on what skills former refugees can bring to New Zealand’s society. People from refugee background are involved at all levels of Pomegranate Kitchen, including cooking, admin & design, and our Board of Trustees.
Authentic, quality food
We use organic where we can - we shop locally, our chickens and eggs are free range, and we use authentic recipes and methods from our cooks.
We are a social enterprise - a registered charity which operates like a business. Any profit made is returned to Pomegranate Kitchen.
We pride ourselves on creating amazing food crafted by the hands of authentic cooks.
Hajar Mazraeh - Supervisor
Hajar is originally from Iran and ran a pita bread business as a refugee in Indonesia while awaiting a visa.
Genet Seyoum - Cook
Genet is originally from Ethiopia but has spent some time in Egypt.
Muna Al Naser - Cook
Muna is originally from Syria. Recently she was asked to help design a menu and share her cooking skills with Logan Brown restaurant.
Meet the rest of the team
Fatima Qasim Ali - Cook
Fatima is originally from Afghanistan, and brings a love of cooking to her work.
Nazia and Majed - Cooks
Nazia is from Afghanistan and Majed from Syria. Nazia is studying IT when she is not working at Pomegranate Kitchen.
Nada - Cook
Nada is from Iraq. The sambousek on the menu is her personal recipe.
Rebecca Stewart - General Manager,
Rebecca is a Wellingtonian who loves to eat! She has a background in not for profits, particularly program evaluation, in New Zealand Australia, India and Fiji. Most recently she worked for New Zealand Red Cross
Ange Wither - Co-founder, Chair
Ange is an incredible cook and food obsessive with with a background in organisational learning and development.
Her favourite thing to make just now is sourdough and seville orange marmalade
Hawa Kusama Fitzgerald - Board Member
Hawa is a Kiwi originally from Indonesia. She currently works for New Zealand Red Cross providing support in refugee resettlement. In a former life Hawa ran a large catering company, and still makes elaborate cakes and traditional Indonesian foods from time to time.
Tan Huynh - Board Member
Tan is from a refugee background, and brings expertise in marketing, business development, building sector capability, and capital raising. He is Vietnam’s tallest man (probably) and fluent in Vietnamese. Tan believes that magic happens when people connect over a meal. His favourite dish is Pho, and Pavlova for dessert.
Alex Hannant - Board Member
Alex is the CEO of the Ākina Foundation, and has a focus on social enterprise and leadership in New Zealand. Originally from the UK, Alex’s favourite dish to cook at the moment is spaghetti carbonara.