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March 2021

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Allan pictured with board members Irene & Anne

Below is a message from the Community Centre Board
It was with great regret that the Board accepted Allan Wainwright’s resignation as Centre Manager in January. Allan brought a fresh approach and enthusiasm to the role, building a great team, and significantly lifting the profile of the Centre in Katikati and throughout the District. His community leadership through the COVID-19 lockdown was inspirational.
Allan left for his dream job in Wanaka and we wish him every success as he injects his enthusiasm and skill to the Central Otago communities. Our planned community farewell for him was unfortunately undermined by COVID – much to his relief. However, staff and Board were able to farewell him in a quieter manner.
 In appreciation of his outstanding contribution to the Centre Allan was presented with a voucher for an adrenaline adventure in Central Otago, plus a unique commemorative sculpture carved by Garry Webber. The sculpture was created with moss agate stone from the Canterbury region and set on a matai wooden block sourced from the Kaimai Ranges. Garry viewed this piece as a symbolic reference of Allan's time in Katikati and the exciting new venture that awaited him in the South Island.  
The Board wishes Allan every success in his new career.

Management of the Centre
A new Manager, Pauli Surtees, who is currently working with the Ministry of Education will commence on April 12th and we will have more about her in our next Newsletter. However, the Board is excited and confident that Pauli will build on the great foundation that Allan has provided to take the Centre to a new level in our community and district.
In the interim, the Board is very grateful that Zinta Krumins has volunteered to provide support to staff on a part-time voluntary basis. Zinta has retired to New Zealand after a successful international career that culminated in being the Country Manager for a significant UK company. She is also supporting the Centre with strategic planning.
Great News! 
Whilst the event planned for 6 March had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 Level 2 restrictions, the organising committee are working towards rescheduling the event at a later date.
Keep an eye out on Facebook & the Katikati Advertiser for updates.


for you and your baby

Connect with other new parents & their babies as you explore parenting & children’s development in a safe, facilitated environment.

30 Week programme starting Wednesday 24th March 9.30am - 11.30am

This programme is for babies born from August - February
(We take older babies than stated on the booking site.)

Visit for more info

Melody Lamb

Kia ora  my name is Melody and I am the new Youth Employment Coach at the Katikati Community Centre. I have recently relocated to BOP from Wellington and live with my two daughters and miniature Schnauzer in Tauranga.

Part of my role here will be facilitating the government approved youth employment program, Licence to Work,  and assist the rangatahi of Katikati, Waihi beach and surrounding areas,  build and implement the soft competencies and employment skills business leaders have said they want young people to display.

I am excited about engaging the rangatahi and wider community and together achieving positive outcomes related to employment readiness and permanent local employment opportunities. Please feel free to contact me if you have any enquires.

Fiona Powell
I’m the new part-time Digital Communications Manager for the Katikati Community Centre. I also work part-time for Katch Katikati and Katikati Open Air Art, and for the past two years working for SuperGrans.
I went to Katikati College many years ago and moved back to Katikati three years ago. I love living and working in our fabulous little community.
In my spare time, I’m learning NZ Sign Language – here at the Community Centre!
Angela Wallace - Community Connector
I’m a Bay of Plenty local and grew up in Tauranga, now living on a lifestyle block in Pahoia with my husband James and two children Grace (8yrs) and Jimmy (7yrs). My previous role as founder and manager of Awhina House (transitional housing for homeless women) gave me unique insight into some of the challenges faced by people in need seeking support and the barriers to accessing it. It’s my hope that I can be a bridge to help people access the support they need. I love to bring people together and believe in the power of community to build relationships and support those who are vulnerable. In my weekends I enjoy getting outdoors with my family, stand up paddleboarding and curling up with a good book.

Check out the details of Angela's Role Below
The wonderful team at Tamawhariua want you to know about a great service that is available to everyone and bonus - it is FREE

HBU Clinic – Free Doctor (Every Tuesday)
This service is available every Tuesday at 6pm
No appointments needed
111 Main Road, Katikati.
07 549 0760
Please like and share with anyone you know who may be in need.
Living costs keep going up and many are finding it tough. The food bank is well stocked and ready to help
Just ring the number and call ahead so they can arrange the parcels.

Donations Welcome


If you can help please phone Lez - 027 504 1191

A HUGE thank-you to Lottery Community Grants who have granted $40,000 to Katikati Community Centre to be put towards the operational costs of running the Centre. 
Lottery distributed $1,223,619 to the community in the Bay of Plenty/Gisborne area in this funding round.

Katikati Community Centre has been chosen as one of eleven beneficiaries to receive funding from DMS Charitable Trust.
Kiwifruit growers are invited to donate one or two cents per tray packed with DMS and DMS Progrowers Ltd match donations dollar for dollar.

The trust has kindly donated $5,000 which will be put towards our youth programmes.

This Support group, held at the Chrome Cafe, is for parents and carers of any aged child that has a disability or health impairment.

Come have a coffee on us and meet other parents of children with different abilities in a relaxed and informal environment. You can drop in for as long or as short a time as suits you.

See you there!

The Chrome Cafe
3 Wharawhara Rd
Katikati 3178

Jane Ford | Regional Coordinator Coastal Bay of Plenty

027 808 3945 | 0508 236 236

Moving from Incorporated Society Charity to a Charitable Trust

At the SGM in September 2020 a resolution was unanimously passed by members that “That the Executive Board be authorised to proceed to establish an Incorporated Charitable Trust under the Charitable Trusts Act with the same community objectives and vision as the Society and to register that Trust under the Charities Act for the purpose of taking over the operations and assets of the Society in the event of a winding up of the Society.”
This process is ongoing, and the Board have been involved with Zinta Krumins to workshop the transition and draft an initial Trust Deed. Once this exercise is completed later this month the draft will be sent for legal review prior to calling an SGM to gain input and approval of the membership.

David Marshall
Chair on behalf of the Executive Board.
Irene Curnock, Nicky Austin, Anne Henry, David Marshall

45 Beach Road, Katikati 3129
Phone:  07 549 0399


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