About Us

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

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, now extended for an additional year to 2024, 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

SHARAINE STEENBERG

Katikati Taiao Manager

Hi, my name is Sharaine Steenberg, and I am a Community Development Fanatic!

Over the past 17 years, I have been fortunate to live out my passion for vulnerable people through my work in the Community Development sector in various roles and communities. I have worked on different levels, from a hands-on entry-level Youth Worker to an Executive Manager with multiple staff and responsibilities, from a Minister in a congregation to a Social Enterprise entrepreneur.

My love for diverse communities started when I lived in a house for vulnerable teens in 2005. My role was “Housemother” in a place of safety for girls run by Echo Youth Development in Pretoria, South Africa. I learnt that no matter who you are or where you come from, we could collectively learn from one another and grow together. This experience with vulnerable youth also helped me stay in Community Development and not go into full-time ministry after completing my Master’s Degree in Theology, as many of my classmates did.

That decision took me on incredible adventures in Asset Based Community Development and Social Enterprise.

One of the highlights of my career was starting a Social Enterprise called Volition Holdings. This social enterprise was a community-led initiative, with the core business being a Community Recycling Centre (or Buyback Centre as we called it) in the inner city of Pretoria, South Africa. It was a great success, and I fell in love with the idea of doing business for purpose and not for profit.

Additionally, I am a mother of two girls, a boy, a cat and a wife to one 😉. When we moved from South Africa 5 years ago, my family and I settled in Blenheim. We’ll be moving into our new home in Omokoroa soon, and I can’t wait to be part of the wider Katikati community!

If you’d like to get a hold of me, you can on sharaine@katikatitaiao.org

ALAN MAXWELL

Katikati Taiao Community Activator

Alan (AJ) Maxwell (Ngāti Whare, Ngāi Te Riu, Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Ngāi Tūkairangi)  joined Katikati Taiao in January this year as our Community Activator. “Alan has hit the ground running, bringing to bear his experience in community-led development in Featherston which aligns perfectly with our strategic intent here in Katikati’ says Katikati Taiao Chair, Paul O’Neil.

Alan was previously employed as a youth development co-ordinator in Featherston, South Wairarapa, by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington. Alan was credited with making a huge difference in reducing youth offending in Featherston. ‘When I arrived (from Masterton) in 2005, most of the youth didn’t feel very welcome or felt they were part of the community, or even wanted’, says Alan.  He began a youth programme which engaged youth with the community through activities like gardening, working bees and fundraising events for community projects. ‘The minute they felt they were part of the community, all of the trouble stopped. They had a sense of belonging’, says Alan.

Building on this experience, Alan will be focusing his efforts in community engagement and connection with those community groups who are seen to not have much of a voice here in Katikati – particularly youth, Pasifika and working families. If you’d like to get a hold of Alan, you can contact him at alan@katikatitaiao.org, facebook.com/KatikatiTaiao, phone: 0278092615

ARIANA TAHERE

Katikati Taiao Insights and Information 

Ariana Tahere (Ngāi Te Rangi, Tainui).

Ariana joined Katikati Taiao in September last year as our Insights and Information Administrator, to track our community initiative outcomes in alignment with the Katikati Taiao’s strategic objectives.

Ariana brings a fresh te ao Māori perspective, a corporate marketing background, as well as many years of volunteer leadership experience in wellbeing initiatives, both with local iwi and in high deprivation communities in Auckland. Ariana has a talent for bringing clarity to discussions and has already begun simplifying our processes to help us get things done. You’ll see her bright smile in person at our community events; online, building our social media presence; and at the Katikati Taiao Board and stakeholder meetings. If you’d like to get a hold of Ariana, you can contact her at ariana@katikatitaiao.org, phone: 021 549 191

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.

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.

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.

ANNE HENRY

Katikati Taiao Trustee

Tena Koutou and Welcome to our website.

Soon after beginning my study in Social Welfare, I realised that good support and guidance, relevant education and skills were key to moving effectively through the difficulties that life can bring. For the pass 30 + years my work life has been centred in Education, with teaching in the Primary Sector and serving on Board of Trutees in both Primary and Secondary Schools. My underlying edcuational focus started on day one with my 5 year olds. It was to build relisence in students and their families, enabling them to identify problems and develop strategies to over come them. My experience has shown that by developing resilence within the family unit, young people are more likely to withstand and overcome challenges, learn from them, forge their own future direction and succeed with their aspirations.

I grew up in Katikati, when living and work was centred around the Dairy Industry. I am a 4th generation descendant of the ‘Boyd’ and ‘Henry’ families who sailed to New Zealand from Northern Ireland on the ‘Lady Jocelyn’ in 1878 and the ‘Victory’ in 1884. I left Katikati after I finishing college and returned in 2014 to assist my aging parents. Since my return I have been involved here with community led development geared to improve wellbeing for our people and protection of our environment. On my return to Western Bay I enjoyed 4 years teaching in the Senior school at Waihi Beach Primary School. I left to run, and was elected as one of 11 councillors for Western Bay of Plenty District Council. The Mayor then appointment me to represent the Council on the Waihi Beach Community Board. In Katikati my community work is currently serving as a committee member for Katikati Open Air Art, Katikati War Mermorial Hall and I am a member of Saint Pauls Presbyterian Church.

I am very pleased and feel it is a good fit for me to be appointed as a Trustees for EnviroKatikati- Chartiable Trust- Katikati Taiao.

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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

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.

TIKI BLUEGUM

Whirihia te ara ki mua 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.

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.

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.

KATE LOMAN SMITH

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua 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.

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