The Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust

Located on the Kāpiti Coast, The Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust have been supporting the local community for years. With their marae suddenly inaccessible due to Covid-19, the trust quickly implemented a new operating model to ensure they could engage with and support their community.

Their committed team have been working around the clock to connect and check-in with their Iwi members. Throughout lockdown, they have undertaken regular needs assessments of their kaumātua and the most vulnerable whanāu in their region, looking at food and heating requirements, ensuring access to medication and medical appointments, and offering free flu vaccinations.

Along with delivering hundreds of food packages and firewood, the team also created a wealth of resources to provide connections, support and information. This includes the launch of an 0800 number and a virtual space for whanāu to connect, care for one another, practice karakia, waiata or just to see the people they know and love!

A $3,000 grant provided vital support and connections for local whanāu.

To find out more about The Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust visit: www.teatiawakikapiti.co.nz

Kaibosh

Operating in Wellington, the Hutt Valley and the Kāpiti and Horowhenua districts, Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation.

Linking the food industry, and their food donors, with community groups that support people in need, Kaibosh distribute up to 30,000kg of food each month, which is the equivalent of 85,000 meals.

As an essential service during lockdown, the Kaibosh team worked hard adapting their services to ensure good food still reached our communities. Forced to temporarily pause operations at their Hutt and Kāpiti bases, as well as their volunteer programme, their small crew of staff have been doing all of their mahi from the Wellington branch, and trying their best to service our regions from there.

The team have been moved by the outpouring of help from the community at this difficult time, but are all too aware of the challenges they will continue to face over the weeks and months ahead.

A $2,500 grant ensured good kai reached those who needed it.

To find out more about Kaibosh’s response to Covid-19 visit: www.kaibosh.org.nz