Local projects, organisations and groups

There's a LOT going on in our small town.
Below is a number of lists containing various groups, committees, boards, social enterprise, projects and community services including those in development, community fundraising, and otherwise keen on people getting involved.
We rely on our community to tell us what’s happening. Email us with your update.

Want to get involved?

  1. Recommended - and it’s free: Set up a login to this website - hit the menu button, log in, set up new account. Whenever new articles, events or services are added, you’ll be notified by email. You could also subscribe to the Karamea Chronicle hard copy or digital format.
  2. There is an informal volunteer army you can get involved with and have some fun - register your name and what you might like to get involved with by emailing us.
  3. Check out the various lists below for new and existing groups and organisations you might like to get involved with or help in other ways


Many of the groups and entities listed below are looking for support / donations / involvement at different times too.

Overall community groups, committees, boards, social enterprise, projects and community services:

This list isn’t comprehensive, we’re sure we’re missing a lot so we need your help - please let us know.  Businesses and individuals offering various services including health & fitness can add their services to the Directory pages on this site.

General Community Organisations and Groups

Karamea Aerodrome Incorporated
Karamea Cemetery Trust (linked with Natural Burial Ground)
Karamea Civil Defence
Karamea Community Inc (KCI)
Karamea Domain Board
Karamea Fire Brigade - seeking volunteers
Karamea Historical Society (Runs Karamea Centennial Museum)
Karamea Information & Resource Centre Inc
Karamea War Memorial Library committee
Little Wanganui Hall Committee

Little Wanganui to Karamea Business Network
Market Cross Business Group | RSA committee
St. John - seeking volunteers

Additionally, by alphabetical order:

Arty Arvo's
Community Sound System & sound tech group
Community Theatre Group
Harakeke weaving Group
Karamea Community Arts Council
Karamea Community Arts Space (Karamea Pop Up Gallery)
Karamea Community Radio
Karamea Community Theatre Group
Karamea Craft Group
Sketching classes with Stu Reid
Te Whare Pora O Karamea (The weaving house of Karamea) 
The Shamrocks Irish Dancing Troop

Environment / Enhancement
Clean Streams Karamea
Karamea Catchment Group
Karamea Waste Management Group
KEEP - Karamea Estuary Enhancement Project
Karamea Rating District - Regional Council targeted rates; oversees rock / flood protection
Kongahu Rating District - Regional Council targeted rates; oversees drain maintenance
Natural burial ground project
Ōpārara Reserve Project
Ōpārara Valley Trust
Ōpārara  Source to Sea Project
Rata Reserve

Karamea Civil Defence
Karamea Community Garden(ers) Club - KCGC
Karamea Seed Exchange at Karamea Ko-op

School / Youth
Enviroschools programme - Karamea Area School
FoKAS - Friends of Karamea Area School (also KAS Community Storage Shed, KAS hall community equipment projects)
Karamea Area School Board of Trustees
Karamea Youth Club
Karamea School PTA

Special Interest
All Breeds Cattle Club
Winter School classes and workshops

Sports / fitness 
Community Volleyball
Karamea Bowling Club
Karamea Golf Club
Karamea Pickleball Club (New)
Karamea Swimming Club
Karamea Swimming Club
Little Wanganui & Karamea Axeman's club
Monday Night Badminton
Soccer Sundays
Note, there are other private enterprise health and wellbeing groups and services; watch the local pages and media for notices.

‘Seeds of sensational’ - ideas and projects either in already development or needing a little helping hand - even just awareness:

Community Garden / heritage tree orchard
Community kiln and pottery classes
Rise’n’Rave - needs keen participants
Skate ramp 
Te Reo classes

Possible options that the community could benefit from having set up / provision for learning

Arts Projects
Business / Organisation Network Group
Community Support Group/s 
CoStarters Business Development Course - DWC. Need 10 participants to set up a cohort
Kai Resilience projects
Mātauranga Māori
Movie Nights
Te reo Māori classes if community demand
Wellbeing Projects

The above lists aren't comprehensive, we’re sure we’re missing some so we need your help - please let us know! There are also businesses and individuals offering various services including health & fitness.

Email us.


Community Projects and Groups