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We create projects & programs to support migrants, connect the community, celebrate diversity, and give back as one.
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We are a local charitable trust on a mission to support and empower migrants, unite the whole community, and celebrate diversity in the Queenstown Lakes District, through events and ongoing programs that fill the gaps identified across the community.


WHANAUNGATANGA  |  Sense of Belonging & Connection

TIAKI  |  Taking Care of People & Nature

MANA MANAAKI  Building the Mana of Others, Through Nurturing, Growing, and Challenging

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Our Team

In order to have an inclusive, diverse, and safe community, we always aim to include members of the community, local agencies, and other stakeholders to be part of our vision.

Our small team is working hard to support the community through The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.  Join us!

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Kelsey Powell

Jane of All Trades


"Captain of Compassion"

Kelsey is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who started the vegan blog Craving a Peace and the New Zealand-based company The Kiwi Kit. Both are endeavours that aim to make people's lives better. Craving a Peace helps people through their journey into veganism and The Kiwi Kit helps people move to New Zealand when they're ready to redesign their lives more consciously in a beautiful country with remarkable people.

Kelsey helped to co-create The Kiwi Kit Community Trust to ensure she is always giving back to the local community as a migrant who feels welcomed and accepted by the New Zealand family.


Franco Nobell

Operations Manager

"Community Spark Ninja"

He is a global citizen, originally from Argentina, Franco has been living and working overseas in 5 countries for more than 10 years.


With a Bachelor's Degree in International Marketing and 8+ years experience as a developer and marketing manager, Franco has specialised in cross-cultural projects and startups with a purpose-driven to environmental and humanitarian causes. Nowadays, Franco is deeply involved in the community in the QLD, a place that he loves and chooses to live.

As our "Community Spark Ninja," Franco is a part of The Kiwi Kit Community Trust to empower migrants, build relationships with local organisations, connect with locals, and develop a unity amongst them all.


Dani Mercado

Migrant Support Manager (Volunteer)
"Little Spark Activator"

Daniela, originally from Mexico, is passionate about the quest for human rights and human purpose.

She has a Bachelor of Laws with 5 years of experience working as a lawyer and 3 years in the community. During her legal social service, she realized the lack of information that people have and wanted to create something to help them.


Nowadays, she has been studying human rights and believes that we are way more powerful when we turn to each other and not on each other when we celebrate our diversity.

As our Migrant Support “Little Spark Activator,” Daniela is part of  The Kiwi Kit Community Trust to help build connectedness and resilience as well as to help communities feel more connected in order to find the spark in their lives. 

"Life Is Full Of Possibilities. You Just Need To Know Where To Look."

What We Do

We will achieve our mission by creating and leading event projects and ongoing programs, taking practical actions that make a difference to people's lives in our community.

As a grass-roots movement, The Kiwi Kit Community Trust, aims to grow organically step-by-step, by starting small and following the breadcrumbs of what is needed.


By listening to our community and collaborating with agencies and stakeholders, we can co-create the biggest positive impact the Queenstown Lakes District has ever seen.

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Community Events



Ongoing Community Services

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Thanks for joining our list!

Would you like to make a donation to support our trust?

We are all currently volunteers, so any contribution is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to donate, please use the Paypal button or you can utilise direct transfer to our trust account.  Thank you for your support!

ASB Bank | The Kiwi Kit Community Trust | 12-3405-0053091-00

Contact The Kiwi Kit Community Trust

TEAM LOCATION: Queenstown, New Zealand

PHONE: 021 082 52279

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The Kiwi Kit Community Trust is a registered charity in New Zealand


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