Gizzy Kai Rescue

DATE 1 July 2019    

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Gizzy Kai Rescue in action. Picture by Keepa Digital

The Eastland Community Trust has distributed $231,363 to Gizzy Kai Rescue (GKR) for staff wages over three years.

GKR’s mission is simple: minimise food waste, nourish our community.

 Since October, they have rescued and redistributed 26 tonnes of surplus food and non-food items to community groups for whanau in need, throughout the Tairawhiti Gisborne region.

 GKR have a three-year plan to address the scope of waste and need in-region, to do this they need permanent paid staff to increase redistribution and measure community impact.

 Eastland Community Trust board member Ailsa Cuthbert says, GKR’s application to the Trust included a detailed plan to become self-sufficient, post Trust funding.

 “We are extremely proud to support Gizzy Kai Rescue. Helping our people and our whenua, is a win-win for Tairawhiti.”

 GKR co-founder and treasurer Sarah Punnett says, they are “thrilled” to receive an ECT distribution.

 “The impact of this funding on our region is going to be huge. We will be decreasing landfill by rescuing more food and increasing the well-being of our community, by distributing this food to those suffering hardships.

 “And we will be providing employment,” she says.

 There is a clear need for GKR in Tairawhiti Gisborne, exemplified by growing waitlists for donors and recipients.

 “With funding over three years we know we are definitely here to stay. It gives us the initial financial stability to unleash our potential and build Gizzy Kai Rescue into a more self-sufficient organisation.”

 Around 30 percent of the food produced worldwide is never eaten. Locally, green waste makes up 26 percent of the material entering landfills from Tairawhiti.

 A problematic figure, given green waste is a significant additive to carbon emissions, says ECT chief executive Gavin Murphy. 

“Gizzy Kai Rescue make a big difference in our communities. The main thing are our local whanau and community groups they provide for, however we cannot underestimate their massive contribution to the region’s 2024 long-term plan, to reduce green waste by 40 percent.”

In total, over the 2019 to 2020 financial year, $12 million has been earmarked for distributions by the ECT board. For more information or to apply for funding, head to the 'Seeking Funding?' tab on this website or call 06 867 2640.