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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.

OUR CORE VALUES:

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 registered mental health counsellor at The Therapy Project and a Licensed Immigration Adviser (provisional) at her Aotearoa-based company, The Kiwi Kit.

 

Both are endeavours that aim to make people's lives better and to equip people with the skills and tools they need to navigate their situation with confidence and support.

Kelsey helped to co-create The Kiwi Kit Community Trust to always give back to the local community as a migrant herself who has felt welcomed and accepted along the way in her journey.

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Gemma Peacock

Operations Manager

Gemma is an incredibly active community contributor who is an important driver behind building our connections with organisations and stakeholders that care about migrants.

 

Originally from the Scottish Borders, Gemma's dedicated over 10 years to the Social Service Sector, supporting and advocating for vulnerable people from all walks of life across the world.

 

Gemma is committed to creating more equal opportunities, safer communities and cultivating a deeper sense of belonging for all under-represented people. 

We are so fortunate to have Gemma on our team doing the amazing things she's doing to give back to the community.

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Dani Mercado

Migrant Support Manager
"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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Projects

Community Events

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Programs

Ongoing Community Services

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Upcoming Events

  • Cook Around the World: Fiji
    Cook Around the World: Fiji
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 23 Apr
    Queenstown
    23 Apr 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    23 Apr 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join us for bi-weekly cooking sessions hosted in collaboration with the diverse ethnic communities of Tāhuna. Learn a new recipe whilst celebrating community togetherness! This week we're traveling to Fiji 🇫🇯 This event is brought to you by Happiness House and The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.
  • Cook Around the World: Korea
    Cook Around the World: Korea
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 07 May
    Happiness House, Queenstown
    07 May 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Happiness House, Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    07 May 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Happiness House, Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join us for bi-weekly cooking sessions hosted in collaboration with the diverse ethnic communities of Tāhuna. Learn a new recipe whilst celebrating community togetherness! This event is brought to you by Happiness House and The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.
  • Cook Around the World
    Cook Around the World
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 21 May
    Happiness House, Queenstown
    21 May 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Happiness House, Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    21 May 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Happiness House, Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join us for bi-weekly cooking sessions hosted in collaboration with the diverse ethnic communities of Tāhuna. Learn a new recipe whilst celebrating community togetherness! This event is brought to you by Happiness House and The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.

Past Events 

  • Cook Around the World: Scotland
    Cook Around the World: Scotland
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 09 Apr
    Queenstown
    09 Apr 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    09 Apr 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join us for bi-weekly cooking sessions hosted in collaboration with the diverse ethnic communities of Tāhuna. Learn a new recipe whilst celebrating community togetherness! This event is brought to you by Happiness House and The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.
  • Community Garden Working Bee
    Community Garden Working Bee
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, 05 Apr
    Queenstown Community Harvest Gardens
    05 Apr 2024, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Queenstown Community Harvest Gardens, 6866576, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    05 Apr 2024, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Queenstown Community Harvest Gardens, 6866576, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join the Kiwi Kit Community Trust in the Queenstown Harvest Community Gardens as we work together throughout the year to develop and nurture a fruitful garden. Learn new gardening skills or share your own, while connecting with nature and new friends from the multi-cultural community of Queenstown!
  • Cook Around the World
    Cook Around the World
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 19 Mar
    Queenstown
    19 Mar 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    19 Mar 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join us for bi-weekly cooking sessions hosted in collaboration with the diverse ethnic communities of Tāhuna. Learn a new recipe whilst celebrating community togetherness! This event is brought to you by Happiness House and The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.
  • Cook Around the World
    Cook Around the World
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 05 Mar
    Queenstown
    05 Mar 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    05 Mar 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join us for bi-weekly cooking sessions hosted in collaboration with the diverse ethnic communities of Tāhuna. Learn a new recipe whilst celebrating community togetherness! This event is brought to you by Happiness House and The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.
  • Cook Around the World
    Cook Around the World
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 20 Feb
    Queenstown
    20 Feb 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    20 Feb 2024, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Queenstown, 4 Park Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join us for bi-weekly cooking sessions hosted in collaboration with the diverse ethnic communities of Tāhuna. Learn a new recipe whilst celebrating community togetherness! This event is brought to you by Happiness House and The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.
  • BBQ Party for International Migrants' Day
    BBQ Party for International Migrants' Day
    Sun, 17 Dec
    The Komunal Cafe + MYDC Community Centre
    17 Dec 2023, 3:30 pm – 18 Dec 2023, 8:30 pm
    The Komunal Cafe + MYDC Community Centre, 1/13 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    17 Dec 2023, 3:30 pm – 18 Dec 2023, 8:30 pm
    The Komunal Cafe + MYDC Community Centre, 1/13 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    A nurturing event to celebrate our multicultural communities, migrants, newcomers and community leaders who have given so much to create cultural expression, connection and belonging in Tāhuna this year!
  • Know Your Finances
    Know Your Finances
    Thu, 14 Dec
    Queenstown
    14 Dec 2023, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
    Queenstown, ASB, Shop 47, Five Mile Centre, 20 Grant Road, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    14 Dec 2023, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
    Queenstown, ASB, Shop 47, Five Mile Centre, 20 Grant Road, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    FREE financial wellbeing & money management workshops for newcomers and migrants of Queenstown Lakes District
  • Your rights at work
    Your rights at work
    Thu, 24 Nov
    Queenstown
    24 Nov 2022, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Queenstown, Building 11, Dart House, Remarkables Park Town Centre 12 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    24 Nov 2022, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Queenstown, Building 11, Dart House, Remarkables Park Town Centre 12 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Join us in a welcoming and inclusive workshop to learn and understand, Your rights at work. Presented by our local speaker David Buckingham, an experienced Employment Relations Consultant.
  • "The Great Migrant Brainstorm + Report" at Queenstown
    "The Great Migrant Brainstorm + Report" at Queenstown
    Sun, 25 Sept
    TE ATAMIRA
    25 Sept 2022, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
    TE ATAMIRA, Building 11, Dart House, Remarkables Park Town Centre 12 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    25 Sept 2022, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
    TE ATAMIRA, Building 11, Dart House, Remarkables Park Town Centre 12 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Come and share your current reality, struggles, desires, ideas, and dreams. Our goal with this event is to grow together by listening to your concerns, celebrating our diversity, and empowering the community. Who this event is for: migrants & anyone who cares about and wants to support migrants.
  • "The Great Migrant Brainstorm + Report" at Wānaka
    "The Great Migrant Brainstorm + Report" at Wānaka
    Sun, 18 Sept
    Wanaka Community Hub
    18 Sept 2022, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
    Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wānaka 9305, New Zealand
    18 Sept 2022, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
    Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wānaka 9305, New Zealand
    Come and share your current reality, struggles, desires, ideas, and dreams. Our goal with this event is to grow together by listening to your concerns, celebrating our diversity, and empowering the community. Who this event is for: migrants & anyone who cares about and wants to support migrants.
  • What's your story?
    What's your story?
    Sat, 01 May
    26 Hansen Road
    01 May 2021, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    26 Hansen Road, 26 Hansen Road, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    01 May 2021, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    26 Hansen Road, 26 Hansen Road, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    We believe everyone has a story to tell but often they go untold and unheard. We believe that if we challenge the stigmas and stereotypes and share our stories like an open book, we can create a safe, inclusive and welcoming community for everyone. What's your story?
  • The Great Migrant Brainstorm - Wānaka
    The Great Migrant Brainstorm - Wānaka
    Thu, 25 Mar
    Wanaka Community Hub
    25 Mar 2021, 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
    Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
    25 Mar 2021, 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
    Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
    Come and share your current reality, struggles, desires, ideas, and dreams. Our goal with this event is to grow together by listening to your concerns, celebrating our diversity, and empowering the community in the Queenstown Lakes District to co-create the next chapter of our shared narrative.
  • The Great Migrant Brainstorm - Queenstown
    The Great Migrant Brainstorm - Queenstown
    Thu, 18 Mar
    The Buzzstop Honey Centre & Cafe
    18 Mar 2021, 11:00 am – 8:30 pm NZDT
    The Buzzstop Honey Centre & Cafe, 26 Hansen Road, Frankton, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
    18 Mar 2021, 11:00 am – 8:30 pm NZDT
    The Buzzstop Honey Centre & Cafe, 26 Hansen Road, Frankton, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
    Come and share your current reality, struggles, desires, ideas, and dreams. Our goal with this event is to grow together by listening to your concerns, celebrating our diversity, and empowering the community in the Queenstown Lakes District to co-create the next chapter of our shared narrative.

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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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