SAFE NET Whanau Day

What a fabulous day!

Here are some photos of our SAFE NET whanau day – a meet and greet for the Kaiti community and all the services on offer over the vulnerable holiday period.

Check out a whole lot more on our facebook page.

See you at the mall for our jamz afternoon and Christmas Carols ❤


These flyers just in, a ‘meet the services’ at the Mall tomorrow at 10am; then some laid back sounds in the afternoon, finishing with Christmas Carols in the evening.

And the pool at Ilminster opens on Monday!

New in 2014

Ka Pai Kaiti celebrate a new launch in December 2014

After a quiet year, Ka Pai Kaiti has revitalised itself with new Trustees, a new community space and services, all centred in the Kaiti Mall.

Kaiti Tū Kaiti Ora
8am – 1pm on Saturday 13 December 2014

Summer in Kaiti kicks off with a celebratory event, during the Kaiti Mall markets, at the Kaiti Mall.

Information and stalls with Te Wananga o Aotearoa, YOLO Events, The Design School, East Coast Vibes and Te Papawhariki will all be there to celebrate this unifying event in Kaiti.

The vision for this space, which was previously the Mana Party Headquarters, is to provide a 24 hour 7 days a week community centre for the residents of Kaiti and the Gisborne district.

During the lead up to the 2014 election, the Mana Party and Ringa Tuwhera Trust occupied the site at Kaiti Mall. They provided services such as a Food, Clothing and Furniture Bank, sending out nearly 2, 000 food parcels. They operated a Kaumatua Drop In centre where our elderly could stop in for a cuppa or just a chat. A soup kitchen was provided for the homeless, and advocacy for the needy. The Mana party activators supported various community initiatives, so when the idea of merging with Ka Pai Kaiti was proposed, it seemed like a natural way to grow our joint community services.  Several of the volunteers behind the Mana Party have come on board as Trustees, and Tuta Ngarimu is currently our acting manager.

There will be a strong focus on being available during the 2 week holiday period (Xmas to New Years), a vulnerable time for families. Members of our community will have access to reliable networks, such as Te Kupenga Net Trust, Aged Concern, Te Ara Tika (Gamble-Free Service), and more (to be advised).  Ka Pai Kaiti will have volunteers available throughout the holiday period, should whanau need assistance.


Safe Net Whanau Day
Kaiti Mall, Friday 19 December 2014 9am -1pm
A day to meet and greet all the services available to whanau: Women’s Refuge, Te Kupenga Trust, Age Concern,Gisborne Budgeters & Ka Pai Kaiti.

Christmas Carols in the Mall
Kaiti Mall, Friday 19 December 2014 5pm-7pm
Christmas Carols in the Mall with Te Hamua and Henare Porou.

Kaukau Kaiti Ora is the re-named Ilminster School Pool Project.
This will be run by Ka Pai Kaiti, with the support of the YMCA and Ilminster School. This opens the school pool to the public over the holidays, and gives school-aged children in Kaiti, a safe, monitored, space to swim in. The pool is open every day  from Monday 22 December 2014 to Sunday 25 January 2015, except Xmas, Boxing and New Years Day.

Christmas Shared Dinner
Christmas Day, 25 December, 2pm Kaiti Mall
This is a special dinner for our Kaumatua, Kuia and homeless people in Kaiti. We invite our wider whanau in Turanga-nui-a-Kiwa Gisborne to participate and contribute to our community. Donations can be dropped off to the Kaiti hub, Kaiti Mall, 500 Wainui Road, Kaiti, Gisborne 4010.

Ka Pai Kaiti and Good Karma proudly present YOLO New Years Eve Block Party featuring Sid Diamond
Kaiti Mall, Wednesday 31 December, 7pm – Midnight

There will be an outdoor stage, live bands and DJs, food stalls, a VIP zone for 15-17 year olds, Gladiator Pit and a bouncy castle.

This is a family-oriented event, it is alcohol-free, drug-free, smoke-free and gang patch/regalia-free.

Come along and have a wonderful SAFE New Years Eve with your kids!
These are only a few of the daily activities going on in the Mall.

To stay up to date with Ka Pai Kaiti, please visit our facebook page or our Community Notice Board outside of our Office.
For more information please contact or visit our site

Tuta Ngarimu, Manager
Ph. 062810258, Kaiti Mall, 500 Wainui Road, Kaiti, Gisborne

Melanie Tahata, Chairwoman
Ph. 868 5050 (work) 027 767 6607 (mobile)

Ka Pai Kaiti’s mission

By Kristine Walsh |

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MERE Pohatu was just one of nearly 30,000 people entitled to vote in the last Gisborne District Council elections and, come polling day, she jumped at the chance to have her say.

But Ms Pohatu was among just 52 percent of voters who turned out to tick the boxes in 2007. It was the same at the 2004 election Figures were better in 2001 — 62 percent

Which is why, as a Ka Pai Kaiti trustee, she is one of the forces driving the newly-minted Voter Participation Project.

“Ka Pai Kaiti is building on a long-standing aim of Te Poho o Rawiri Marae and (community facility) Te Reo o Te Iwi Kokiri to get local people out there and voting in local body elections,” she says. “We have to make local decision-making more relevant for young people so we are all actively involved in planning and making our communities more resilient.”

With Gisborne District Council and Tairawhiti District Health Board elections scheduled for this year, the project is gaining momentum with funding secured to pay a Voter Participation project manager.

“It has been great to see the two local runanga support the project along with Gisborne District Council, the Electoral Commission and local residents” said Ms Pohatu, who is also Te Puni Kokiri’s regional director. “We are now able to get the project under way and this new role provides an exciting opportunity for the right person to lead the process.”

Once Ka Pai Kaiti finds a project manager — to be employed on a part-time basis for most of the year — it will be responsible for finding out why people don’t vote, then encouraging them to do so.

Its role will involve studying international research on what works to mobilise citizens who don’t usually vote. And it will also need to design an education and mobilisation campaign “including the co-ordination of neighbourhood workers and volunteers to promote key messages in targeted communities”.

According to Mere Pohatu, there will be a strong focus on targeting young people, particularly those ones who will this year be eligible to vote for the first time.

“We do have some idea about why people choose not to vote,” she says. “Our challenge now is to motivate changes in awareness and attitude.”

Waitangi Day 2010

Celebrating the diversity of the Gisborne community and 170 years of history since the signing of the Treaty in Tairawhiti is the theme of the Waitangi Day event at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae this Saturday.

A full size version of the ‘Tairawhiti Treaty’ taken around the East Coast by William Williams in May and June of 1840 will be a popular attraction with many locals looking for the mark of their ancestors amongst the names on the local version of Te Tiriti.

Since 2001 residents association and community development organisation KaPai Kaiti have been organising Waitangi Day commemorations in Kaiti. “Last year was the first time we had it at Te Poho o Rawiri and all the feedback was very positive” said event organiser Manu Caddie. “The Treaty signing in this region was a critical process that paved the way for British and other foreigners to settle in the district. While there is much debate over rights and wrongs of the past 170 years, the Treaty signing remains one of the major milestones in the history of our area and the basis for the future of all peoples co-existing in this community.”

Mr Caddie estimates close to 2,000 people participate each year in the Waitangi Day event  designed to increase residents knowledge of local history and build a stronger sense of community within Gisborne.

Continue reading “Waitangi Day 2010”

GDC report waters down voter participation project

A staff report going to the full Council meeting this Thursday recommends that GDC does not support the Ka Pai Kaiti Voter Participation Project unless it focuses on the whole city and does not target areas with low voter participation.

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Click here to read the staff report: Voter_Participation_Project_(17_December_2009)

Click here to read the updated project summary: Kaiti Voter Participation Project Summary (12 Dec)

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Ka Pai Kaiti disagree with much of the analysis in the report. We also disagree with one of the recommendations (that the project should not focus only on neighbourhoods with low participation) but, subject to agreement from existing project partners, can agree to accomodate the other (that the project should not use control groups to compare the effectiveness of the approach) for the following reasons:

1. This project is specifically designed to increase participation in particular neighbourhoods that had comparatively low turn out at the 2007 election. These neighbourhoods also have higher proportions of young, Maori and low-income earners. We are interested in ensuring participation rates are more equal across the demographic profile of the city not just about raising participation rates across the board. Voters from poorer communities often have different priorities to others but because they have lower participation rates their issues and priorities are not reflected in the composition of Council. A range of historical and current social and personal issues contribute to the lower participation rates of people from neighbourhoods experiencing higher levels of deprivation.

2. Even if the project wanted to include the whole city there is not enough resource to undertake the kind of work that research suggests is effective and GDC are not offering any funding to support the project – even though they say these issues are important to them.

3. Including other neighbourhoods that had low participation rates at the last election will mean that we will be less able to determine whether or not the project has made any difference because a range of other factors could have influenced the outcome for those communities. However, subject to agreement from existing project partners, we are willing to compromise on this issue and include two other areas that had low turn out at the last election (Mangapapa and Elgin). This will mean that our limited resources are stretched further and the potential impact likely to be diminished but we see it as important that GDC is involved and in a spirit of solidarity with neighbourhoods similar to Kaiti across the city, we are keen to make this happen if residents from those are interested in being involved.

Ka Pai Kaiti are encouraging interested residents and people everywhere to attend the Council meeting at 9am Thursday 17 December and/or contact the Mayor, Councillors, the CEO and/or The Gisborne Herald before Thursday to express support for the project as it stands.

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Contact Details:

Meng Foon (Mayor):

Lindsay McKenzie (CEO):


Nona Aston:

Craig Bauld:

Bill Burdett: (06) 864 8966

Andy Cranston:

Allan Davidson:

Alan Hall:

Roger Haisman: (027) 332 8601

Hemi Hikawai:

Gary Hope:

Atareta Poananga:

Kathy Sheldrake:

Pat Seymour:

Graeme Thomson:

Brian Wilson:

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The Gisborne Herald:

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Useful references:

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