Who are we? Ka Pai Committee

The Ka Pai Committee oversees the strategy and governance of Ka Pai Carterton Community Led Development Programme.  Collaborative and engaged, each committee member was selected to ensure that the voices from across the Carterton district were heard.  We've got people from community groups, council, DIA, education, faith based, iwi,  local business, retirees, rural and youth.  And guess what... they're all Carterton locals, living or working in our community. 

Peter Veltkamp
Chair
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My partner Brendan and I moved to Wellington in 2003 and our permanent move to the Wairarapa came in 2014, as we already owned a “weekender” in Carterton, it seemed the obvious path to take. Since then I have been working from home, as Ask Peter Visual Communication Design and co-own 3Mile co-share space in High St.

David Parr
Menzshed/Retiree
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"I represent the growing group of retirees settling in Carterton. I am involved as secretary with Menzshed, U3A as newsletter editor and a board member wtih Hospice and my wife is also part of several community groups. 

My aim is that the completion of community projects under the Ka Pai banner will confirm to residents that Carterton is a great place to live, where they feel connected to their neighbours and  part of something worthwhile." 

Amber Craig
Mana Whenua
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Amber is a descendant of Muaūpoko, Rangitāne o Wairarapa, Kahungunu Ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Tara and Ngāti Rarua.

Amber has worked across many high profile corporate technology organisations in Aotearoa for over a decade designing solutions and strategies.

Her recent calling is back to her turangawaewae in Wairarapa and embracing te ao Māori. She has worked towards being vocal and active on how we break down colonial structures especially in technology spaces to ensure this world is left better for the generations to come.

Jo O'Donnell
Business Owner
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Carterton enthusiast, business owner, identity and dynamic speaker, JO has been part of the Ka Pai journey since the outset, returning to the committee in 2022 to help facilitate the partnership exit and plan for Ka Pai 2.0

Glenda Seville
Carterton District Council
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Winnie Mahowa
Department of Internal Affairs
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"I am excited to be the Community Advisor from the DIA who works closely with Resilient Carterton in the Ka Pai Carterton Community Led Development Programme. Under this partnership, I am looking forward to supporting the Carterton community as they come up with a plan that will enable them to work together to achieve their goals. The wide representation on the Ka Pai Committee ensures that all the sectors of the Carterton community will be able to actively participate in the Programme."

Cimone Grayson
Community Facilitator
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"This is an opportunity for everyone who associates with Carterton to gather up our ideas and turn them into a shared vision for our community.  With new ideas, fresh eyes, a 'can do' attitude and a willingness to connect with all people from across the entire community we'll create something awesome." 

Lucy McKenzie
Community Facilitator
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"I am excited to get to know our communtiy better so we can develop a plan that truly captures a thriving future Carterton.

The partnering of the DIA on this project provides an amazing opportunity for our community to access the advice and funding needed to get projects big and small off the ground and running."