Kaitahi Bayswater – 2nd Birthday – September 2019…

Wow, Kaitahi Bayswater celebrated it’s birthday in style this month with 200 people coming together to share a meal made from rescued food. We hope everyone enjoyed the delicious kai that Brianna and the team of volunteers put together. Food that would otherwise have been wasted, mostly supplied by our marvellous friends from KiwiHarvest and transformed. So many people to thank. The dinners would not be possible without the very generous donations of time, skills and energy of a large number of local people.

Kaitahi Bayswater is a free, people powered feast that is all about bringing the community together to share a meal made from rescued food. Dinners take place on the third Tuesday of the month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Bayswater School Hall. Everyone is welcome! This is a local initiative supported by the Bayswater Community Committee, the Devonport Peninsula Trust and Shore to Thrive.

Particular thanks to our old friends from Aru Waihirere Kapa Haka who came back to perform at one of our community dinners for the third time. They were incredible. Tu meke! Thanks also to Ines, Tash and the impressive tamariki of Whanau Wai at Bayswater School who helped with food preparation through Monday and Tuesday morning. We saw several new whānau coming along as a consequence of the children clearly having gone home and encouraged their parents to come and taste the veggies they’d enthusiastically prepared! I’m sure that was the best tasting broccoli they’d ever had!

Despite the large numbers the vibe was friendly and relaxed as always. Thanks to our regular Kaitahi crooners, Paul and Joe, for entertaining the crowd throughout the evening.

We conducted a wee exercise during the evening asking visitors to stick a pin in the map to indicate how far they’d come to feast. The bulk of visitors come from less that 2km away to join the feast.

Thanks to Martin & Bron from KiwiHarvest, the two fabulous volunteers who dropped off rescued food for the feast on the Monday morning.

21 Kaitahi Bayswater dinners have taken place since September 2017 feeding roughly 2280 diners. Over 120 local people have volunteered their time to cook and help. The dinners have diverted about 4 tonnes of food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

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