about Kind.

KIND is located within the heart of Morningside.

Morningside used to be an urban concrete jungle. It was primarily an industrial area, making it a very grey place to be. Literally. A place of concrete and iron and a place with little social connection or belonging. While Morningside has come a long way in the last few years, we would love to see it become even more green.

KIND, a mostly vegan café in Auckland, is the newest neighbourhood venture which aims to make the neighbourhood a better place to live, work and socialise. KIND aims to do its bit to make sure that this growing community is a healthy one,

in every sense of the word. We want to see grey turn to green. We want to share healthy living practices, to plant and maintain more trees, to encourage new and established locals to be healthy, active, and connected.

While KIND has a number of owners, the majority of KIND is owned by the Crave Collective (KIND is Crave’s little sister). The Crave Collective exist to make Morningside a better place to live and part of that is to make the neighbourhood greener and healthier. KIND exists to move this forward. This social impact is the reason KIND exists.

Morningside used to be an urban concrete jungle. It was primarily an industrial area, making it a very grey place to be. Literally. A place of concrete and iron and a place with little social connection or belonging. While Morningside has come a long way in the last few years, we would love to see it become even more green.

KIND is the newest neighbourhood venture which aims to make the neighbourhood a better place to live, work and socialise. KIND aims to do its bit to make sure that this growing community is a healthy one, in every sense of the word. We want to see grey turn to green. We want to share healthy living practices, to plant and maintain more trees, to encourage new and established locals to be healthy, active, and connected.

While KIND has a number of owners, the majority of KIND is owned by the Crave Collective (KIND is Crave’s little sister). The Crave Collective exist to make Morningside a better place to live and part of that is to make the neighbourhood greener and healthier. KIND exists to move this forward. This social impact is the reason KIND exists.

Meet the team

Cathie Cottle

Cathie has always had a passion for teaching. She loves being able to really make a difference and influence others to grow and change. She’s also passionate about being kind to the earth and looking after our natural environment. This makes her a pretty ideal person for the manager of KIND.

When Cathie came to Morningside over a decade ago with her husband Nigel they both hoped to impact the neighbourhood for the better. Cathie did so as a primary school teacher, and Nigel, along with eight others, started the community-focused social enterprise Crave.

Cathie’s 22 years of primary school teaching came to a halt last year when she, backed by the Crave collective (which has now grown to be a team of eighteen), opened the next chapter of hood-bettering social enterprises, KIND cafe.

KIND leans more to the sustainable side of things. It’s been created to help inspire kindness to the earth, to ourselves, and to others. So it seems Cathie’s path of educating others for the better hasn’t changed much after all.

As the manager of KIND, Cathie’s excited to help others develop in a different context. The philosophy of being kind to yourself, to others, and to the environment has inspired every aspect of the KIND enterprise. Cathie has helped create a space that honours this – on visiting you’ll immediately get the vibe.
Overflowing with plants, KIND intentionally makes you feel as though you’re outside (outside is where the food is grown, after all). The menu has been crafted with a focus on sustainability, being 80% plant-based. The intention is to inspire others to eat real food, and to know where it’s come from.
After all the work put in to reaching this point, Cathie finally feels the KIND mission is on the way. She’s got big plans for workshops and incentives to inspire others to be kind, helping Morningside become more healthy, green, and sustainable. The journey has just begun.

Heather Sulzberger

One of the first things you notice when you walk into KIND is the abundance of beautiful, thriving foliage. There’s over 100 plants inside the cafe, placed on tables, in pots on the ground, and hanging from the ceiling. And then there are all the plants outside. You may have caught yourself wondering whose job it is to water all this greenery, because damn are they doing a good job.

In all honesty, it’s no one’s ‘job’ to look after these plants. It’s Heather’s absolute pleasure. Every day, Heather comes in an hour before opening to water and nurture each plant before she starts her work day.

Heather is the first to admit that plants are the main love in her life (except for a few lucky humans) and she’s passionate about the earth and our environment. That’s what makes her a perfect fit for the cafe.

During opening hours you’ll see Heather behind the counter, making delicious coffees and keeping everything ticking along like clockwork. She’s worked for the collective for several years, beginning at Crave before carving her niche in KIND.

Heather believes KIND will bring positive change to the community by inspiring others to be kinder to themselves, to one another, and to the environment. Even if it’s a modest progression, Heather knows first-hand that once you’re on the kind-buzz, it’s hard to get off. In her words, “once you care, it’s hard to un-care”.

James — Head Chef

Raised on “meat and three veg”, an ex-army radio operator and devout fan of the LFC, James doesn’t fit the mould you’d expect of a plant-based aficionado. But James isn’t really a fit-the-mould type.

After six years in the army, James knew it was time for something new. He had a horror of being stuck behind a desk, so he decided to give chef training a go. And at chef school he discovered just how much he loves to cook.

James’ pre-KIND career saw him cater to the insatiable appetites of some of the biggest names – AB De Villiers, the All Blacks, St George Dragons, and Melbourne Storm.

He eventually found his way into the welcoming arms of Crave. But Head Chef of the busiest café in Morningside wasn’t quite enough. When asked to take on the new project of cooking for KIND, he snaffled the challenge right up.

James’ specialty is his ability to create high-quality, visually glorious, and utterly delicious meals at high speed. He credits this to his team, made up of the best cooks he’s met in his cheffing journey.

James is sure that the future of food is a sustainable one. He knows that means eating mostly plants. But, never one to turn down Gran’s roast chook, he’s also passionate about creating a menu that welcomes all palettes. And we’re pretty passionate about that, too.

Siri Sriamporn – Head Barista

If there’s something Siri wants to achieve, she’ll do whatever it takes to get it. Regardless of how big or small that something is, or what others have to say about it.

When Siri was 13, the ‘something’ she wanted was a taste of coffee. Placed next to the Milo on the tea shelf, her mother’s instant blend was the one thing she wasn’t allowed. This, of course, made it the very thing she had to have. With a bit of hard work, Siri achieved a sneaky sip (please don’t tell her mother) – the first of many sips to come.

Siri’s coffee-related ambitions reappeared about five years ago, this time with much less sneakiness required. While she was working in a café part time to support her studies, a lucky break saw Siri thrown into coffee making.

To many, university is the best path for any college graduate. But it takes more than someone else’s opinion to deter Siri from her chosen path. When others doubted her decision to put her studies on hold in lieu of a career as a barista, she did it anyway.

Due to a tendency to ‘geek out’ on her passions, Siri’s career progressed in record time. You can now find her as Head Barista here at KIND – extracting and cupping your perfectly executed coffee.

Outside of her career, Siri is passionate about equal rights, F45 workouts, and laksa. She is also extremely passionate about sustainability, aspiring to live a zero-waste lifestyle and following a relaxed plant-based diet.

In the context of how Siri lives her life, KIND is the perfect fit. She loves that she can talk openly about sustainable practices, and hopefully influence a few people along the way. She also loves that the other team members share her philosophies.

Inspired by anything in action that speaks louder than words, Siri believes KIND’s approach to plant-based eating and sustainability is the best way to help promote change. After all, it’s not about people doing it perfectly. It’s about everyone doing their bit. Even if that just means remembering your Keep Cup.

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