Kava is now available on Uber Eats

Headlines 29/06/2021

Food delivery giants Uber Eats have reversed a previous decision and allowed an Auckland kava bar to sell its products on the Uber Eats app.

'Four Shells', a popular Auckland kava bar, can now deliver the drink to peoples doorsteps if they live in central Auckland, from 4pm onwards all week!

Four Shells had previously been turned down twice by Uber Eats, a decision which the owners labelled bizzare.

A spokesperson for Uber Eats told the Herald that the company had reviewed their decision and "determined that these products could be sold safely".

Kava is regulated as a food under the Food Standards Code.

Co-owner Todd Henry told the Herald earlier this year that, during level 3 lockdown, they had remained open for contactless takeaway and offered a delivery service that had formed a "pretty substantial" part of the business.

Unlike so many in the hospitality industry, Four Shells has managed to experience growth in the last 18 months, which the owners state is a result of their position as a cultural space.

"As a Pacific space in the city, Four Shells is a reflection and representation of all the beautiful things about the Pacific. Warm, inclusive and relaxed," she told the Herald.

Her husband Todd Henry has also acknowledged concerns that this move could be seen as furthering a cultural disconnect from kava's origins and traditions.

"We have thought about that and our hope with UberEats is that people will see it on the platform ... it's another form of getting the place out there," Henry told the Herald.

"We will include some literature with the products for anybody that orders from UberEats, about our space, about drinking kava and what it is and what it is not.

"I hope people will maybe try it and then come and check out the space. To experience kava in its entirety involves not only drinking good quality kava but in a good space, an inclusive space with good people."