With a population pushing five million, there are many community groups in Melbourne feeding people in need.

One group is distinctly Māori called 'Melbourne Tautoko Whānau'.

Volunteers say helping people brings them joy, but it also saddens them to see the number of people seeking their help continues to grow.   

Aside from feeding people, this group takes in homeless people, and they also advocate for Kiwis who may not know their rights and legal eligibilities.

But regardless of ethnicity or identity, Melbourne Tautoko Whānau will feed anyone.  

And while they may be far from the motherland, their guiding principles like manaakitanga (hospitality), building relationships and compassion are as Māori as it gets.