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January 2021

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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.
Alan I'm married to Kat (17yrs) we have three children, Lani (12), Jonah (10) and Sereniti (9). We have family here and have been visiting the area since 2011.
I have worked in community/youth roles since 2015 and am very passionate about local solutions for local issues.
I have connections to the area through my father to John Lee-Faulkner and Ruawahine, and I'm looking forward to reconnectiong with that part of my whakapapa.
Ariana joined Katikati Taiao in September as the Insights and Information Administrator. Ariana brings a fresh te ao Māori perspective, a corporate marketing background, many years of volunteer leadership, experience in wellbeing initiatives both with local iwi and in high deprivation communities. You’ll see her bright smile in person at community events; online, building our social media presence, and at the Katikati Taiao Board and stakeholder meetings.
We are excited about a new service coming soon for our Katikati young people.
The Youth Employment Coach role is to support young people’s wellbeing and to guide them on a pathway to achieve success in education, training and employment.
The Employment Coach will:
  • Provide mentoring and coaching to support young people to find employment
  • Work together to develop the young person’s confidence and skills
  • Help young people identify goals and create a plan to work towards achieving them 
Whirihia te ara ki mua is our cross-sector group of locals who are stewarding our community visions, supporting action groups and collective activities.  We are linked to Katikati Taiao who have partnered with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to further the community-led development (CLD) way of working in Katikati.  We are all involved in community-focused work or activities in some capacity.
The Youth Employment Coach role has been developed under the “Positive Pathways for Rangitahi “in partnership with Tamawhariua Health and Social Services and the Katikati Community Centre

If you can help please phone Lez - 027 504 1191
The wonderful team at Tamawhariua want you to know about a great service that is available to everyone and bonus - it's FREE

HBU Clinic – Free Doctor (Starting tomorrow – Tuesday 19th January)
This service is available every Tuesday’s at 6pm
No appointments needed

 111 Main Road, Katikati.
07 549 0760
A HUGE THANK-YOU to the Ethnic Communities Development Fund
who have approved a grant of $5,000 to go towards the
2021 Katikati Festival of Cultures - Saturday 6th March
A big shout out to the Lions Club of Katikati who have donated $1,000 towards the Festival of Cultures AND $2,000 to the Katikati Community Centre
Thank you to Humes Pack-N-Cool who are sponsoring Festival of Cultures to the tune of $1,000
Sneak a Peak at the Wise & Wonderful Christmas Trip
We hit the Katikati Bird Gardens first for morning tea and a wander around the grounds followed by a scenic tour of Omokoroa and a delicious Lunch at the Skippers Restaurant in Omokoroa.

A HUGE THANKYOU to St Joans Trust for funding this amazing day! 

BIG thanks to Countdown Katikati for their donation to our Xmas lunch
Another HUGE THANKS to St Joans Trust and Countdown Katikati for making our awesome Christmas Events possible!
We are always in need of volunteers, so if you can help, please come in and talk to our volunteer broker.
Isabel is at the Community Centre every Thursday from 1pm to 4pm.
For more information call us on 07 549 0399 or send an email to

45 Beach Road, Katikati 3129
Phone:  07 549 0399


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