Community Programme

The Community Programme takes artists, art and culture to bring rhythms, beats, grooves and dance moves from around the world to the communities and classrooms around Taranaki.

The Community Programme aims to make WOMAD accessible to the Taranaki community through workshops and free community performances.


TSB Community Trust Cook Off

Download the TSB Community Trust Cook off pantry here

Each year, teams of students from Taranaki high schools are invited to cook a dish from one of the top 10 cuisines of the world. The competition takes place in March in the week leading up to WOMAD. 

Jax Hamilton, who shot to fame in her role on TV programme MasterChef New Zealand in 2012, leads a team of judges who select the winning team on the day.

If you’re looking for easy, delicious and fun recipes, then Jax is the mate you want in your pantry.  

With 2 best selling cookbooks under her belt; the face of Countdown’s successful Feed 4 for $15 everyday meals campaign, and a regular spot inspiring viewers on TVNZ’s Good Morning, Jax is all about great seasonal ingredients.  

As a mother and businesswoman, Jax loves to present quick and simple meals that will inspire you to think out of the box; satisfy your family and friends, but mostly to empower you to feel good about creating gorgeous dishes, with personality from your own kitchen.

Coming from London and with Jamaican heritage, Jax is able to pull on a wealth of culinary knowledge, which she blends with kiwi ingredients to create the wow factor, without all the work. A fab, all round modern pioneer.

Maria Ramsay, TSB Community Trust general manager, says the cook-off is a fantastic way for students to be involved in the wonderful experience that is WOMAD and a chance for them to not only learn from an expert like Jax, but also to learn from each other.

Students in the cook off will be tested on a range of criteria such as creativity, presentation, use of ingredients, hygiene and basics like knife skills.

The contest takes place in the Impressions kitchen at the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki.


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