An Auckland Indian takeaway restaurant is being praised after offering free food to those in need.

Paradise in Sandringham has installed a cupboard full of food with a sign above saying: "Free food for people in need".

In the cupboard are containers filled with rice and curry meals as well as bananas and apples.

Labour politician and former television host Tamati Coffey posted a photo to Twitter throwing his support behind the move.

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"This Indian takeaway shop on Sandringham Rd just made me smile and feel good about humanity. #Paradise", he wrote.

Coffey's tweet has already been shared more than 100 times and attracted hundreds of reactions.

"This is giving me all the feels. Call me an idiot but is Paradise the name of the establishment? I would like to buy a meal there in support", one person wrote.

Another said: "Oh wow - that's my local, and this must be new! So, so cool. Might have to have dinner there tonight".

Paradise is known for its wide range of Indian and Chinese cuisine. Photo / Paradise
Paradise is known for its wide range of Indian and Chinese cuisine. Photo / Paradise

Paradise was rated in the Top 10 Cheap Eats in Metro magazine in 2015 and 2016.