crave collective

what's behind this whole thing? 

Crave Café is owned by a collective, a neighbourhood ‘whanaungatanga'* if you will. Some years ago, a few of us got together and decided we wanted to make Morningside a better place to live. We asked the locals what the neighbourhood needed most and addressing social poverty was top of the list. So we chipped in and started Crave where all of our profit goes towards the community - now we all get to live and work in the best of places. Seems like a good time to us.

One of the basic cravings of humanity is to connect with each other. We think that outstanding coffee, superb food and engaging conversations in locally-crafted spaces are a brilliant way to show ‘manaakitanga’** to all.

We’d like to thank you for supporting this community and making our neighbourhood a better place to live, simply by living a little with us.

Happy days.

#morningsideforlife #somegoodinourhood

* relationship, kinship, sense of family connection through shared experiences; provides a sense of belonging.
** ‘hospitality’ - includes welcoming, kindness, generosity, respect and support, especially to those visiting.

our new cafe: the back story

Crave 1.0

Crave 1.0 first opened 7 years ago in a tiny 20 seat space. The Collective wanted to try and create a space where neighbours could connect, get to know each other and create a sense of belonging to our neighbourhood. 

Crave 2.0

After 2 years, Crave 2.0 opened as we punched the giant hole in the wall and pushed into the Nana’s lounge space, over doubling the cafe in size. We established a stage area for events, installed a PA and created an upstairs bar and meeting area. The huge custom community table was a physical expression of the values of connection that underpin the reason for Crave’s existence. 

We had 5 glorious years of engaging with the wonderful Morningside locals in that form of Crave (even on some crazy busy, super cosy days!) and on Monday 26 September 2016, after months of planning, renovating and painting up a grimy old tyre warehouse, we opened...

Crave 3.0

'The new Crave', as it has been coined, is a brand new cafe space located across the road from our old haunt, on the corner of Morningside Drive and McDonald St. It was 18 months in the making (though many more years in the dreaming) and we are proud as punch of it. 

And ridiculously grateful too. Thank you to the amazing Morningside community - individuals, families and businesses - and many who come from much further afield  so support us as together we make Morningside a better place to live. 

a little clip

Watch a brief explanation from Nigel and Blue about how Crave came about and what we're trying to do as part of the Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference hosted by Auckland Council.

Community Initiatives

Everything we do, we do in the hope of creating community… from coffee to street parties to creative soirees.

We exist to knit people together, to offer someone a seat, and to usher in a sense of belonging. Here are some of the ways that we do that:

Street Parties

Twice yearly Crave hosts a street party that consists of free food, free coffee and free love with the intention of helping our neighbours connect with each other. We think the world can be pretty severe sometimes, but that a cup of tea and a good neighbour might just be the remedy to this. Keep watch on our Facebook page for more details of the next street party.

Creative Soiree

A celebration of all things creative, this intimate gathering consists of people sharing something they’ve been working on recently, whether it be baking, writing, photography, or some inspirational reading. The Creative Soiree is a place to know and be known.

Kingsland Cooking Class

Hosted by the classy Cottles, Kingsland Cooking Club is a place to bring your fine wine and learn how to cook scrumptious food that will appease any palate. Open to all ages and diets, Nige, Cathie and Blue open their homes to you and your friends and demonstrate how to cook even the trickiest of dish!


Mad for Change is an eclectic group of people who are as diverse and as miscellaneous as possible but who all have a common purpose.

Twenty keen people decided to get together to make a difference in the world!

MAD for change is an Auckland charity inspired to make a difference in the world by helping Freedom businesses offering employment opportunities to women trapped in Kolkata's sex trade.

We aim to engage our community in social justice, to help empower women in India to find meaningful opportunities in life and escape a cycle of poverty and degradation.

Get MAD about it!

We are all from different backgrounds with a common goal to create community and help Freedom businesses. 

October 2013, 15 of us traveled to Kolkata India and met and visited with kiwis making a difference supporting women to find hope out of the sex trade.

We were inspired and impressed at their dedication and determination to make a difference in the lives of others. We plan to engage and support these businesses through ongoing fundraisers and visits, and to share their stories so we to can make a difference and bring about change. By creating new business projects in conjunction with kiwis working in India, we can kickstart healthier work opportunities for women. These women are like your sister, mother, daughter, aunt or friend. They too have the right to freedom, empowerment and dignity.

To achieve this we need to build community support from New Zealand, educate others about what’s happening for women in India and how New Zealanders are MAD for Change!

Our goal is to engage our community with inspiring ideas and a vision to share a world without slavery in any form.

Read more about Mad for Change