About Us

We work to ensure the natural world and the community of Katikati thrive

OUR VISION, VALUES AND WHAT WE DO

Katikati Taiao was established as a charitable trust (EnviroKatikati Charitable Trust – Katikati Taiao – CC54752) on the 14th August 2017. Our charitable purpose is that the depredation of Katikati’s natural world has ceased; its communities are connected and vibrant and happiness thrives. Our intent is to grow connections, increase inclusiveness and build our resilience in Katikati.

In 2018 we signed a 5 year Partnering Agreement with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). Katikati Taiao is the Fundholder and Partner with DIA in support of Katikati’s Community-led development (CLD) activities. CLD is a principles-based approach rather than a service or model. It is a way of thinking and working that is underpinned by five CLD Principles. Click here to learn more about these principles.

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KATIKATI TAIAO PEOPLE

PAUL O’NEIL

Katikati Taiao Chairperson

Paul, with wife Sandy, moved to Katikati from Wellington in 2011. They are proud parents of two sons, both of whom live overseas (sadly).

Paul is a strong supporter of Katikati Taiao’s community-led development strategy, and its current focus on Manu Whenua, rangatahi and the environment.

Paul brings a unique set of life and academic skills to Katikati Taiao. Paul has been a shepherd, fencer, truck driver, freezing worker, civil servant and academic. He has a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics and a Doctorate in Labour Studies. His most recent employment was for the NZ Council for Educational Research researching “learning at work”, with a focus on those in apprenticeship training.

TIKI BLUEGUM

Katikati Taiao Deputy Chair

Tiki was born and raised in Katikati.  Over his working life he has worked as a farm worker, milking cows, a bushman, saw hand, timberjack driver, road works machine operator, caregiver for children at risk in a Primary School and Cultural Adviser for his hapū.

Tiki is in touch with Te Ao Maori and concerned about the future of our next generation, especially with the state of our environment and the economic future.

JENNY HOBBS

Katikati Taiao Trustee

Jenny is a Naturopath and her home-based business Upbeat Health Limited is New Zealand distributor for Biohawk products manufactured in Brisbane. In 2013 she was elected to the Katikati Community Board and served six years, the last three as Chair.  Being involved in Council business immersed her in community development and advocacy and Jenny realised healthy, happy and resilient communities don’t just happen, but are the result of progressive and visionary thinking and actions by many people and groups, prepared to leave their egos at home and work together for the greater good.  Katikati Taiao and community-led development is an opportunity for Jenny to bring her ‘caring-for-people-and-place’ skill-set into this community mix.

MIKE WILLIAMS

Katikati Taiao Trustee

A former Councillor and Deputy Mayor on the Western Bay of Plenty District Council, now a Business Owner and Manager with a Tamarillio Orchard.

Mike is a proven and motivated leader who thrives in team environments.  His skills in leadership, communication and governance have been developed over an extensive career in agriculture, business ownership, property development and local politics.

Mike is motivated to contribute further to his community and is interested in finding a role that speaks to his strengths.

MARTINA BLUEGUM

Katikati Taiao Trustee

Martina grew up in Germany, and lived in a few different countries before settling in Western Bay of Plenty 35 years ago, and in Katikati for the last 7 years. During her working life she has worked as a teacher, sales manager, kitchen hand and caregiver for her own children as well for others. Martina has a Bachelor Degree in Education as well as a Diploma in Tikanga and Kawa and speaks German, French, English and Maori.

Martina is concerned about pollution of our environment, especially deforestation and the health of our waterways,  legacy we pass on to the next generations.

KATE LOMAN SMITH

Katikati Taiao Committee Member

Kate has a passion for nature and the people of New Zealand and believes that their understanding, involvement and leadership is vital in the process of healing New Zealand’s natural places.

As a child, she spent much time in New Zealand native forest with her sister and Dutch immigrant parents who were strong supporters of the Forest and Bird Society.

She has a history of working with communities and schools within the Wai Care and Trees for Survival programs and through this and other landcare projects has developed skills in native forest and stream restoration and ways of working with communities to achieve ‘on the ground’ action to improve outcomes for biodiversity.

A recent ‘import’ to Katikati, Kate is involved in local conservation projects along the Uretara River and at I’Anson Reserve in Te Puna.

KAYE ROBINSON

Katikati Taiao Secretary & Treasurer

Originally from Whangarei, Kaye joined the Katikati Taiao team in 2016, having lived in Katikati since 2005. Kaye had recently returned to NZ after living for 5 years in Norway.  Before that she had spent 7 years in Tasmania.

Kaye has a Diploma in Business (Accounting and Finance) and has many years’ experience working in accounts roles.  In addition, she has over 30 years’ experience volunteering with not-for-profit organisations both in NZ and Tasmania.  In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, whether at home in the garden or experiencing NZ’s beautiful natural environment.

AVRIL MANLEY

Katikati Taiao Committee Member

Avril’s diverse career has been in the fields of health, education and counselling, all of which have fostered her interest in the welfare of local community.

Her Maori heritage gives her a special interest in the basic principles of tikanga Maori that support Maori health, education and general well-being.

She is passionate about helping people work together to achieve ‘ngā moemoea me ngā hiahia’ (their dreams and aspirations).

She is also passionate about caring for the environment both local and global.

While immediate family have top priority, Avril also looks forward to contributing to the on-going development of the already warm and welcoming Katikati community, both its people and its environs.

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WHIRIHIA TE ARA KI MUA

Whirihia te ara ki mua is our cross-sector group of locals and partners who are stewarding our community’s visions, supporting action groups and collective activities in pursuit of the collective Katikati CLD vision.

WHIRIHIA TE ARA KI MUA PEOPLE

TESSA MACKENZIE

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

Tessa Mackenzie has 26 years experience in the community and social sectors, specialising in collaborative family/community driven approaches to social change. She became involved with Katikati Taiao through her Lead Researcher role for Katikati Hearts and Minds in 2018.

Over the period of her career in Aotearoa NZ,  Tessa has worked in grass-roots to governance positions for community organisations and Government agency contracts, including many years as a Strengthening Families Coordinator/Facilitator in Tauranga Moana and Hauraki. Tessa has also represented community in local and international forums around topics such as early intervention for under 6’s, youth violence, alternative housing, and the social impacts of gold mining on community (Waihi).

In terms of academic achievements Tessa holds a Diploma in Homeopathy, Bachelors Degree in Social Policy, and a Post-graduate certificate in Professional Supervision (Social Work & Counseling).

Tessa also brings a broad range of lived experience, including being a grandmother, and the mother of four adult children. She is not afraid to challenge the status quo around social issues and believes we need to move towards a more relational, strengths based way of working, acknowledging Mātauranga Māori and the importance of learning to understand the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi in taking that journey of connection to each other as people, and to the land.

DAVID MARSHALL

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

I retired to Katikati in 2013 with my wife Jill, as we agreed that this was the best place to live where everything grew well, and yet still be within 2 hours drive of Auckland.  I enjoy pottering in the garden when community and family commitments allow.

My career allowed me to travel extensively, working for 30+ years in local and international marketing in the healthcare industry. Earlier I had taught science and maths in Canterbury secondary schools, with a focus on including work experience for less academically engaged students.

Prior to leaving New Zealand we were involved in working with boys, and their families, at risk of expulsion from primary school, and while in Sydney volunteered as a youth mentor to Year 10 students through the Smith Family charity. Since retiring I have become fully engaged in the local community, serving as a Councillor with the WBOP District Council; Chair of the Katikati Community Centre Board, as the regional representative on the Grey Power Federation National Board, amongst other commitments.

I am passionate about social justice and in encouraging people to achieve their full potential. This is why I am committed to providing our rangatahi with more positive support for pathways to employment in our area.

ANNE BILLING

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

I have a passion for projects that address the big issues; in particular issues around social justice and an equitable society. My vision for Katikati is that we have an inclusive community, where people’s needs are met so that everyone can achieve their potential.

I have worked on environmental projects, particularly around waste-reduction and environmental education. I am currently working with Ngai Tamawhariua on a development project, looking 100 years into the future and what Te Rereatukahia Marae could look like. This is in collaboration with Takarangi Research.

I am an avid food grower and love the soils and the climate of the Western Bay of Plenty, which are conducive to harvesting food all year round. My other hobbies include boogie boarding, swimming and escaping into intriguing novels.

JIZZY GREEN

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

I am a passionate advocate for the environment. I’ve been a kindergarten teacher at Katikati Kindergarten, helping to achieve their Green Gold Enviroschool status. I thinks education is the key to achieving solutions to the many problems we face from Climate Change to Healthy Communities, which is why I run workshops on subjects from Saving Turtles to Managing Household Waste.

I was involved in the setting up and managing the Kati KaiWay, an Edible Walkway for the community, between Gilfillan and Fairview roads, to provide free seasonal fruit to local families. In a bid to lessen the need of single use plastic bags at retail outlets in Katikati, I helped facilitate a Boomerang Bag project at Katikati College. Volunteers meet at the Sewing Tech room at the College and sew cloth bags which are supplied to local shops, for shoppers to use, and then return or reuse when next shopping. Every plastic bag saved is a win for the environment.

My husband Mike and I power up our home mostly via sun energy and enjoy growing much of what we eat, on a small section in the heart of Katikati, sharing backyard tours to inspire others to live a Sustainable Life. My favourite saying is; “The greatest threat to our planet is the idea that someone else is going to save it!”

I am so excited about the potential Grow On Katikati has to achieve food security in our town. I love to encourage families and individuals to grow their own food to achieve health and well being and already we are experiencing a greater sense of community connectedness through Grow On Katikati.

BRODIE JOHNSTONE

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

I work for the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) as a Community Advisor and represent DIA in its relationship alongside the Katikati community. While currently based in Auckland, I am originally from Napier but have recently been enjoying spending time in Katikati getting to know the town and its community better. The Community Led Development partnership with Katikati intends to support and encourage the community to define their aspirations for the town and local area and bring this to life.

On the weekends I am a mad cricketer and play for a social team throughout summer and then in winter chase a soccer ball around the park.

HOHEPA HAMIORA

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Te Rereatukahia te awa

Ko Te Rereatukahia te Marae
Ko Ngai Tamawhariua te hapū

Ko Ngaterangi te iwi
Koi Tamawhariua te whare tīpuna

Ko Whakahinga te wharekai
Ko Tutaitaka te urupa

Ko Hohepa Hamiora ahau.

Born and raised in Katikati attended both primary and college before moving to Auckland an enrolling with the Auckland Institute of Technology in Professional Cookery.  I returned to Katikati after 6 years working as a chef in Auckland,  to find myself based in Tauranga.

It wasn’t long before I landed the  Head Chef  position at Casars Bar & Grill  after  a year I decided to make the big move to Australia.  Being the tourist I was , after 2 weeks I found myself back in the kitchen working in some great restaurants and hotels around Sydney. It was 3 months before my family flew over, calling Australia home for the next 22 years.

I have since returned back home after hearing about my mum’s accident which has left her a tetraplegic. Whilst I have been home I returned to Katikati College for a year working as a Kaiawhina Teachers Aid helping with Years 7/8 in the Bilingual Māori Kaupapa Class. My workload has been very busy since returning home, yet I feel the calling was meant to be. Currently I sit as Chairman for the Te Rereatukahia Marae working alongside other entities such as Te Runanga o Ngaitamawhariua, Kahia Sports Club, Te Rereatukahia Kohanga Reo, Katikati Taiao, Community-led Development Programme and the Katikati Community Centre.

Home is where the heart is as they say and with 3 adult children and 8 mokopuna I suppose you can say my life is filled. I enjoy meeting new people within the community and hope I am able to share my experiences with the younger generation going forward. Collectively we can all work together and help all achieve the impossible. Ahakoa ko wa koei? Nō hea koe ?  Ka noho tahi tātou kōrero ai  kanohi ki te kanohi. Mā te tuakana ka ako te teina, mā te tein ka ako te tuakana. It doesn’t matter Who you are? Where you’re from? We are able to sit and talk as one, face to face. The older will teach the younger and the younger will teach the older.

Kia ora mai tātou

CHRIS JACOB

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

Tena tatou katoa – Greetings all

Born and raised in Katikati, I have a passion for community and my people of Ngaitamawhariua Hapu Te Rereatukahia Marae.
Married with two ataahua Beautiful daughters I Currently Manage Tamawhariua Health and Social services and involved in all sides of community.

Raised on the Marae, and living in the Katikati community my core values stem from rich tradition and culture instilled in me by my tupuna, and nurtured by my Parents. I am committed to projects which bring diffrent people together as one to work on positive outcomes that benefit, engage and acknowledge everyone.

I dream of a time where we all come together as one to advance the priorities of all who share this beautiful town of Katikati, this will only happen when we embrace our shared history and accept the past. Only then will we truly be able to walk hand in hand into the future together to create a town that embraces all whom reside here.

As Manawhenua and Host we have a responsibility to those that live here and look forward to walking this journey together.

Tihei Mauriora.

PAUL O’NEIL

Katikati Taiao Chairperson

Paul, with wife Sandy, moved to Katikati from Wellington in 2011. They are proud parents of two sons, both of whom live overseas (sadly).

Paul is a strong supporter of Katikati Taiao’s community-led development strategy, and its current focus on Manu Whenua, rangatahi and the environment.

Paul brings a unique set of life and academic skills to Katikati Taiao. Paul has been a shepherd, fencer, truck driver, freezing worker, civil servant and academic. He has a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics and a Doctorate in Labour Studies. His most recent employment was for the NZ Council for Educational Research researching “learning at work”, with a focus on those in apprenticeship training.

JENNY HOBBS

Katikati Taiao Trustee

Jenny is a Naturopath and her home-based business Upbeat Health Limited is New Zealand distributor for Biohawk products manufactured in Brisbane. In 2013 she was elected to the Katikati Community Board and served six years, the last three as Chair.  Being involved in Council business immersed her in community development and advocacy and Jenny realised healthy, happy and resilient communities don’t just happen, but are the result of progressive and visionary thinking and actions by many people and groups, prepared to leave their egos at home and work together for the greater good.  Katikati Taiao and community-led development is an opportunity for Jenny to bring her ‘caring-for-people-and-place’ skill-set into this community mix.

KATE LOMAN SMITH

Katikati Taiao Committee Member

Kate has a passion for nature and the people of New Zealand and believes that their understanding, involvement and leadership is vital in the process of healing New Zealand’s natural places.

As a child, she spent much time in New Zealand native forest with her sister and Dutch immigrant parents who were strong supporters of the Forest and Bird Society.

She has a history of working with communities and schools within the Wai Care and Trees for Survival programs and through this and other landcare projects has developed skills in native forest and stream restoration and ways of working with communities to achieve ‘on the ground’ action to improve outcomes for biodiversity.

A recent ‘import’ to Katikati, Kate is involved in local conservation projects along the Uretara River and at I’Anson Reserve in Te Puna.

KAYE ROBINSON

Katikati Taiao Secretary & Treasurer

Originally from Whangarei, Kaye joined the Katikati Taiao team in 2016, having lived in Katikati since 2005. Kaye had recently returned to NZ after living for 5 years in Norway.  Before that she had spent 7 years in Tasmania.

Kaye has a Diploma in Business (Accounting and Finance) and has many years’ experience working in accounts roles.  In addition, she has over 30 years’ experience volunteering with not-for-profit organisations both in NZ and Tasmania.  In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, whether at home in the garden or experiencing NZ’s beautiful natural environment.

AVRIL MANLEY

Katikati Taiao Committee Member

Avril’s diverse career has been in the fields of health, education and counselling, all of which have fostered her interest in the welfare of local community.

Her Maori heritage gives her a special interest in the basic principles of tikanga Maori that support Maori health, education and general well-being.

She is passionate about helping people work together to achieve ‘ngā moemoea me ngā hiahia’ (their dreams and aspirations).

She is also passionate about caring for the environment both local and global.

While immediate family have top priority, Avril also looks forward to contributing to the on-going development of the already warm and welcoming Katikati community, both its people and its environs.

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The Community-led Development ‘way of working’ in Katikati is utilising aspects of the Collective Impact and Constellation Governance models.