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

MARTINA BEIDA-BLUEGUM

KaiGo Produce Coordinator 

Ko Drachenfels te maunga

Ko Rhein te awa

Ko Tiamani me Wiwi nga iwi

Ki te taha o toku hoa Rangatira

Ko Mauao te maunga

Ko Tauranga te moana

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Ngai te Rangi te iwi

Ko Tamawhariua te hapu

Ko Rereatukahia te marae

Ko Martina Bluegum ahau

Matina is originally from Germany and is of German/French parents. Martina immigrated to Aoetearoa/New Zealand in 1985. Martina lives in Katikati, is a mother of two, and a grandmother of five.

Over the years, Martina has worked in many different roles such as kiwifruit picker and packer, shop assistant, elderly carer, tourist guide on cruise ships, and even primary school teaching.

Martina’s hobbies include gardening, reading, rongoā, and raranga. Martina is passionate about self-suffciency, waste reduction, and the environment.

If you’d like to get a hold of Martina, you can contact her at martina@katikatitaiao.org

SHELLEY ROBINSON

Katikati Taiao Community Activator 

Shelley is a mother of two, a son 24 and a daughter 20. She has a varied background as a teacher, business owner, advocate for disability, and a chef/cake creator.

Shelley’s dream was to set up a social enterprise to aid inclusiveness for people with disability. She is passionate about creating and finding work in our community as well as offering employment and support to set up micro business opportunities.

Shelley believes that everyone is capable and if effectively supported, can reach their full potential. Shelley feels that she is privileged to be working alongside some of these incredible people and she loves what she does.

Shelley says that “there is huge potential in our diverse community to build a strong sense of belonging for everyone”. Shelley loves being involved with the growth and development of our community. She is excited about the proposed Ministry for Disability in Aotearoa and actively participates with all opportunities to enable our people to live the best life they can.

If you’d like to get a hold of Shelley, you can contact her at shelley@katikatitaiao.org

ACACIA DAVIS-PIO

Katikati Taiao Operations Coordinator 

Ko Kapuārangi te maunga

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Tōrerenuiarua te marae

Ko Tōrerenuiarua te whare tipuna

Ko Acacia Tōku ignoa.

Acacia has been a Katikati local for the past 13 years and is super excited to now be working within her community. In 2017, Acacia decided to have a gap year from studying and worked in hospitality. In her year of this type of work, she found that her favourite part of the day was being able to connect and network with all the people that came through the cafe.

Learning this about herself, made Acacia think about how she can create these connections and utilise them in a more impactful manner. Over the past 4 years Acacia has worked towards her Bachelor of Health Science which has given her a board and applied knowledge of the impact of biological and environmental factors of health. Through Acacia’s studies she found a key interest in hauora health and has learnt how to apply her te ao Māori prespective to everything she does.

In Acacia’s spare time, you will see her playing and coaching womens netball, playing squash, or enjoying some quality time with her partner, family and friends.

For general enquires you can contact Acacia at hello@katikatitaiao.org or phone: 022 365 0703 all other enquires can be sent through to acacia@katikatitaiao.org.

KATIKATI TAIAO BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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.

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.

JESSICA WALLACE

Katikati Taiao Treasurer

Jessica Wallace was born and raised in the Waikato area. Jessica is a qualified accountant with experience in public practice and commercial roles. Jessica’s experience as an accountant has lead her to her role as the Katikati Taiao Board of Trustees Treasurer. Jessica has a real passion for getting small businesses and organisations off the ground and reaching their full potential.

In her spare time, Jessica loves to spend time doing DIY activities, baking, and getting active.

ACACIA DAVIS-PIO

Katikati Taiao Secretary

Ko Kapuārangi te maunga

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Tōrerenuiarua te marae

Ko Tōrerenuiarua te whare tipuna

Ko Acacia Tōku ignoa.

Acacia has been a Katikati local for the past 13 years and is super excited to now be working within her community. In 2017, Acacia decided to have a gap year from studying and worked in hospitality. In her year of this type of work, she found that her favourite part of the day was being able to connect and network with all the people that came through the cafe.

Learning this about herself, made Acacia think about how she can create these connections and utilise them in a more impactful manner. Over the past 4 years Acacia has worked towards her Bachelor of Health Science which has given her a board and applied knowledge of the impact of biological and environmental factors of health. Through Acacia’s studies she found a key interest in hauora health and has learnt how to apply her te ao Māori prespective to everything she does.

In Acacia’s spare time, you will see her playing and coaching womens netball, playing squash, or enjoying some quality time with her partner, family and friends.

For general enquires you can contact Acacia at hello@katikatitaiao.org or phone: 022 365 0703 all other enquires can be sent through to acacia@katikatitaiao.org.

KAMAL YADAV

Katikati Taiao Trustee

Kamal was born and raised in India. He first came to New Zealand on a honeymoon with his wife. Kamal and his wife fell in love with this country and have now been Katikati locals for 17 years.  To settle into Katikati Kamal found himself a job at Humes Pack and Cool as a quality manager. His time at Humes taught him that he wanted to take on the challenge of running his own business.

Kamal is now the proud owner and director of Quality Tech Solutions Ltd. Kamal enjoys this business for many reasons but the main reason would be that it has connected him with the local community. Over the past Kamal has been involved with many organisations such as the Lions, Red Cross, and Community Patrol Night Owls. Through his working and volunteering life’s Kamal has grown his community connections so much that he stood in the Katikati Community Board Elections and formed the Katikati Indian Association. Kamals major passions are to connect the Indian community with the wider Katikati community.

In his spare time, Kamal enjoys playing tennis with and mentoring his daughter, writing blogs about automation PCL programming, and spending time with his wife.

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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.

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.

PAUL O’NEIL

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

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.

JACQUI KNIGHT

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member

Jacqui has been with Katch Katikati as Promotions Manager since January 2010 and brings with her 20 years of hospitality and event experience.

For Jacqui it was about returning to her hometown and to be closer to family. Jacqui has passion for her local community and is keen to see it develop and grow. There is so much value in working together and supporting each other in the community.

Jacqui can be found walking along Waihi Beach on her days off, at the gym  or hanging out with friends or family.

JAMES DENYER

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Chairperson

James has lived in Katikati since 2009 and been active in the community in a wide variety of leadership roles. He is currently a Councillor for Western Bay of Plenty District Council through which he is also an appointed member of both the Katikati and Waihi Beach Community Boards. James is a Trustee and the Chair of Aongatete Forest Project and a Board Member for Bay Conservation Alliance.

He is an active member and past President of Katikati Rotary and a former member and Vice President of Katikati Open-Air Art. James has a background in science, obtaining an MChem degree from Oxford, and then worked in corporate finance in London for ten years.

In his spare time, he likes to go tramping and explore our native bush.

MELANIE GROVES

Whirihia Te Ara Ki Mua Member 

Melanie was born in the Waikato and rasied in the Bay of Plenty. Melanies previous life experiences as a past president, sergeant, community and youth director for Rotaract Rotorua and volunteer for Youth Driver Safety has contributed to her passion for community development. Furthermore, Melanie has plenty experience on committees as a member of the Rotorua Hospitality Awards and Rotorua Sustainable Living committees.

Melanie has many qualifications including a Bachelor of Social Science with a double major in Psychology and Human Development, youth worker certificates, and adult teaching certificates. In the past Melanie has worked in youth development, community education, videography, photography, film, radio and much more.

Melanie’s passion is to help others strive towards their goals. In her spare time Melanie enjoys netball, hockey, djing, adventuring, and socialising with friends and new people at different social occasions.

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