In 2020 the mahi began to fit out our whare
In 2020, when the first lockdown hit, we started thinking of ways to keep our business afloat. With all of our catering bookings canceled and limited options we explored the possibility of opening a shop. We had always dreamed of taking the leap one day, but one day became today.
With determination and courage we created a menu and tested it within our community and recieved an overwhelming response! We sold out almost every night, so we immediately started looking for a space to set up. One thing lead to another and before we knew it we were in a hui with Richard, a beautiful Godly man and very well known leader in Aranui who founded Crossroads Youth with a Future; and Tepaki his right hand man and now leader of Crossroads.
The café that once was Café 53 was vacant, however they were not looking to lease this special, beautiful space to just anyone. Richard's heart and vision was for the people, and the vision of the board, for this space, was very much community focused. As I shared my heart with him and the dreams that God had placed within me the doors began to open.
The dreams, visions and plans grew and we could see the many possibilities on the horizon coming into fruition. Having a café/space ment that we could put the wheels in motion on the many kaupapa that we had in mind. With the help of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Wave 11 we were able to begin renovations. It took around 7 months to complete the mahi. It was an incredibly testing time of accelerated learning and growth. Having the support of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was a game changer, we were so blessed to be apart of Wave 11 and recieve the awhi that we did, the hand that we needed to get up and get going.
So many whānau jumped in to awhi, it was the most amazing effort. We transformed the space into our own, got verified and registered with the council and opened the doors in April 2021. The rest is, well not history because it's been a rollercoaster ever since! With various challenges, lockdowns and mandates we have shifted, swiveled and changed directions in line with what we believe to be right, and safe. And we will continue to make the best decisions we can with our values at the core.
We are so incredibly grateful to be here. We are so incredibly thankful for all of the love and support from our whānau, friends and community. Without out them, we would not be here! And that is one of the reasons we so deeply believe in the power of community.