Kaitahi Bayswater – September 2017…

Kaitahi means shared food, eating together. It’s also a monthly community dinner that is all about bringing people together to share a meal made from rescued food. These dinners have been running in Point Chev for the past two years. They’re now taking off in Bayswater too! Kaitahi Bayswater is a partnership between Shore to Thrive, the Bayswater Community Committee, the Devonport Peninsula Trust and the Little Village Grocer.

The first Kaitahi Bayswater Community Dinner was at the Belmont Park Bowling Club on Wednesday 13th of September. A free, people powered feast that brought 60 local people together for kai and some korero. A lovely atmosphere and delicious dishes. Brianna Parkinson from the Little Village Grocer, Sue Story & the rest of the kitchen crew did an incredible job. As some of the food was rescued on the day of the dinner some dishes were dreamed up and created on the spot.

Kaitahi was originally set up by Sophie Barclay, a Point Chevalier resident inspired by Australian organisation Open Table. Sophie was motivated by wanting to live in a connected community where people know their neighbours and help each other out. After visiting the Kaitahi Point Chevalier dinner in July we were convinced that this was an initiative that would be hugely popular in Bayswater. Initial indications would suggest there is definitely ahem… appetite for it.

Many, many Thank yous!

Many thanks to our wonderful friends at KiwiHarvest who supplied most of the food. They’re a food rescue organization that collects good food before it goes to waste. They distribute it to a number of community organizations across the North Shore. On the North Shore they are coordinated by the lovely Janice Blomgren and sponsored by the Takapuna North Rotary Club. We also received bread from Wild Wheat. Thanks additionally to the Belmont Park Bowling Club, New World Devonport and the Devonport Community Recycling Centre. Thanks as well to all those local residents who pitched in to give the event such a warm and welcoming vibe. You can check out more photos from the event here.

We will be running future dinners from 5.30pm – 8.30pm on the third Wednesday each month. Should be lots of fun. Hope to see you there…

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