Kia ora and welcome to Katikati Taiao

Taiao” is the Maori word for the natural world and everything in it. Katikati Taiao’s vision is that the depredation of Katikati’s natural world has ceased; its communities are connected and vibrant, and happiness thrives.

Our community-led approach supports our communities and hapū to achieve their hopes and goals by working together, building on strengths, encouraging wide participation, developing local leaders, evaluating progress and celebrating achievements.


Katikati Taiao has entered into a partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), as part of the Community-led Development Programme (CLDP).  The intention of CLDP is to support and work with the community – allowing people to envisage the Katikati they would like to see.  By encouraging a collective approach, we hope to support the community to bring their dreams to fruition.

 “Community-led development strengthens the vitality of communities by activating and weaving the contribution of everyone connected to a place/whenua, and it happens when a community comes together to achieve a shared vision.”  sourced from Inspiring Communities


We want to discover the ways you can help shape positive change within our community.  Check out our current projects, follow us on FaceBook, come and talk with us, attend our community events and tell your friends what we are up to.  We also welcome any donations, that would support any of our current projects.
The Hearts and Minds of Katikati research project was conceived by Katikati Taiao and supported with funding from the Lotteries commission. The Hearts and Minds research aimed to provide an understanding of the social connections in Katikati, that is, how the various communities in Katikati live and work together. The reason why the Hearts and Minds research sought this understanding was the desire by Katikati Taiao to see strengthened social connections in Katikati so that all communities within Katikati could thrive. This research has been the catalyst for several new and exciting projects in Katikati.


  • Katikati on way to becoming inclusive community

    A truly inclusive community which respects and celebrates diversity is among Brodie Johnstone’s aspirations for Katikati, and he believes the town is well on the way to achieving those goals. “I feel really lucky to [...]

  • Community-led development roles exciting job opportunities

    An exciting opportunity to help Katikati progress is being offered through two new Community-led development (CLD) roles now open to applicants. “The CLD Team, Whirihia te ara ki mua, needs dynamic people to support the [...]

  • Project will nurture much more than seedlings

    More than vegetables will grow from the seeds planted at Te Rereatukahia Marae as part of a new Mana Whenua project.Hohepa Hamiora and Chris Jacob of the marae and Anne Billing of Katikati Taiao who [...]

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2 days ago

Katikati Taiao

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7 days ago

Katikati Taiao

What is CLD?
Community-led Development is a way of working together in a place to create and achieve locally owned visions and goals. CLD strengthens the vitality of communities by activating and weaving the contribution of everyone connected to a place/whenua.
📸 credit: Grow On Katikati

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1 week ago

Katikati Taiao

Last Friday we had Ruud Kleinpaste ("the Bugman") in Katikati sharing his wisdom to young and old!

What a day! What was your highlight if you came along?

Grow On Katikati & Katch Katikati Inc

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