Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre threw a party on Sunday 17 July to award life memberships of the organisation to five special people. Around 50 guests attended the event, which was generously sponsored by Harcourts Cooper & Co Beach Haven.
Jenny Christianson founded the Kaipatiki Ecological Restoration Project (KERP) back in 1997, when she began to weed and speak up for Witheford Reserve in Birkdale. Joining her in the early years was Roy Pyle who served as Chairperson on the committee for eight years.
In those days, KERP operated out of Jenny’s kitchen and then a cupboard in Kaipatiki Scouts Den, before moving to an empty childcare centre in Lauderdale Road in 2000, from where Kaipatiki Project continues to operate with support from Kaipatiki Local Board.
About a decade ago, volunteer Helen Wakefield, (who sadly wasn’t able to be at the party), laid the foundations for the not-for-profit’s future – negotiating and securing major funding agreements with the Ministry for the Environment and the ASB Community Trust (now Foundation North) – vital financial support that survives to this day.
KERP became Kaipatiki Project, and the theme of strong women at the helm continued with leadership, guidance and commitment from Charmaine Bailie and Tabitha Becroft, who have both served as voluntary board members during their long associations with the organisation.
Photos: Helen Wakefield (Morton) received her Life Membership gift separately.
L to R Tabitha Becroft, Roy Pyle, Jenny Christianson and Charmaine Bailie at the party.