The Community Celebration and more… an update from Liz.

Liz K

Firstly thanks to everyone who has shared feedback for the evaluation of our community-led initiatives, there is still time to chip in with your point of view either online at or email your thoughts to  Under the KCI tab on this website menu you can find the updated Community Plan, and a summary of all the CLDP local funding.

To celebrate our collective work over the past five years, (and let’s face it, it's been a weird old time!) YOU are invited to a celebration on 12th November.  Those paying attention will note the new date - we are waiting until after the school opening on 19th Oct.  The event will be an evening affair in the new school/community Hall, with time and space for presentations from various projects in Karamea, along with feasting and merriment!

Save the date, dust off your gladrags, this will be a co-created community affair open to all.  A whole spit Lamb has been generously donated, and we will be having the Mother of all Pot Lucks! If you would like be involved in any of the following ways please do get in touch:

  • Planning Team support
  • Volunteer to help out on the night
  • Entertainment (music, performance, sound)
  • Decorations (table clothes, flowers, lights)
  • Bar
  • Bring something to display, on the wall or on a table
  • A brief presentation on stage about your Community-led project or initiative - tell a story or present a new idea

In other news the Karamea Community Inc AGM is on Monday 10th at 7pm at the RSA.  I’m often asked “what does KCI actually do!?” and the answer is: heaps!  It’s a committee of 7 who have been the driving force behind the Community-led Development Partnership (CLDP) that has brought in over $2Million worth of funding from different sources for many local projects over the past five years.  KCI acts as a conduit and fundholder (not as evil overlords!), enabling smaller or emerging projects like Karamea Youth Club and the Ōpārara Reserve project to access the benefits of coming under a registered charity and qualifying for funding.  The KCI committee also supports a community worker (that’s me) to help community-led initiatives in all kinds of ways, it’s not just about the funding.  I have always found the committee supportive and welcoming.  There is thirst and space for new energy around the KCI table so come along to the AGM if this sounds like your cup of tea.

I’ll be stepping aside from the community worker role at the end of December to focus more on home projects, so there will be an opening for some new energy.  We have funding to cover the role for the next year so watch this space, there will be more details coming very soon!

This Spring has seen a burst of energy for various community-led projects.  Here are some hot ones: 

  • Karamea School Holiday Program, free for kids 10+ hosted by Linda Brownie 0220891620.
  • Karamea Area School Opening - 11:30am 19th Oct.  Please RSVP to 
  • Karamea Pop Up Gallery - the next event is a 3 day exhibition Fri-Sun over Labour weekend 21st-23rd with the theme of Fresh’n’fruity.
  • Community Badminton in the new Hall on Mondays at 6:30pm
  • The Monster Ball - this year's infamous Whitebaiter’s ball at Little Wanganui Hall on Sunday 23rd Oct.
  • Karamea Community Gardeners - a distributed network of local gardeners working on kai resilience.  Contact Christine to be added to the group and invited to regular working bees 0272953333.
  • Karamea Dump developments - a new weighbridge and resource recovery shed are coming.
  • Local Civil Defence plans are under review and we are upgrading our community response communications.
  • The Endorphins singing group meets weekly 4-5:30pm at 35 Wharf Road, every voice is welcome and in addition to singing there is a lot of laughing.  New members welcome.
  • Friday evening baking raffles at Karamea Hotel are always popular, with proceeds going to Karamea Playcentre.
  • Soccer Sunday and Community Volleyball will be back after the school holidays, great for wellbeing.
  • … and so much more!

As always, thanks a million to everyone who turns up and chips in, however that looks.  I hope to see you on 12th November.