Onward and upward at Kaiti mall market

THOUSANDS RAISED: Kath Porou and husband Henare have been acknowledged for running the Kaiti Mall market for the past five years and raising more than $10,000 for East Coast schools. Ka Pai Kaiti have taken over running the market and the new owner has a vision for a “significant lift”. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

It was the end of an era for the Kaiti Mall’s Saturday market this week.

For the past five years, Kath and Henare Porou have been running the market and raising money for East Coast schools. Saturday was their last day.

They have handed the reins over to Ka Pai Kaiti, which will now run it.

Mr Porou said the idea to run a market started when the earlybird flea market used to run at Alfred Cox Park.

“People over this side of the bridge wanted to go but it was too early, especially in the winter, and they would not change the time.

“People were looking for something to do to raise funds for their grandchildren or clubs, so we started the Kaiti Mall Market — it was a spur of the moment decision.”

“I used to collect puha and watercress and needed somewhere to sell it, so we approached the owners, the Foon brothers, and they allowed us to trial a market. It grew from there.”

The Porous charged $5 a stall and over the past five years have distributed just over $10,000 for the 20 schools from Kaiti up to Potaka. The money was audited through the Mayor’s office.

The market runs every Saturday from 7am to midday and is much more than just a fundraiser.

“It brings all our community together — the pakeke (seniors) from all cultures come along, Tongan and Samoan pakeke too.”

It attracts all sorts of sports clubs, with the Waiapu Rugby Club showing up for fundraising at times.

As well as food and produce, arts and crafts, there are plant stalls and knitted jerseys offered for sale.

Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu said the Porous deserve recognition for their “awesome tireless mahi”.

“Every Saturday, rain, hail or storm, they have been out there.”

New mall owner Georg Winkler said he was looking forward to working with Ka Pai Kaiti, which had taken over running the markets with a lot to offer.

“The vision is for a significant lift in the market, complete with music and entertainment.

“This is all in the early stages. However, Ka Pai Kaiti has the experience and ability to make this not only a huge market for the community, but Gisborne as a whole.” Mr Winkler said.

It was the end of an era for the Kaiti Mall’s Saturday market this week.

For the past five years, Kath and Henare Porou have been running the market and raising money for East Coast schools. Saturday was their last day.

They have handed the reins over to Ka Pai Kaiti, which will now run it.

Mr Porou said the idea to run a market started when the earlybird flea market used to run at Alfred Cox Park.

“People over this side of the bridge wanted to go but it was too early, especially in the winter, and they would not change the time.

“People were looking for something to do to raise funds for their grandchildren or clubs, so we started the Kaiti Mall Market — it was a spur of the moment decision.”

“I used to collect puha and watercress and needed somewhere to sell it, so we approached the owners, the Foon brothers, and they allowed us to trial a market. It grew from there.”

The Porous charged $5 a stall and over the past five years have distributed just over $10,000 for the 20 schools from Kaiti up to Potaka. The money was audited through the Mayor’s office.

The market runs every Saturday from 7am to midday and is much more than just a fundraiser.

“It brings all our community together — the pakeke (seniors) from all cultures come along, Tongan and Samoan pakeke too.”

It attracts all sorts of sports clubs, with the Waiapu Rugby Club showing up for fundraising at times.

As well as food and produce, arts and crafts, there are plant stalls and knitted jerseys offered for sale.

Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu said the Porous deserve recognition for their “awesome tireless mahi”.

“Every Saturday, rain, hail or storm, they have been out there.”

New mall owner Georg Winkler said he was looking forward to working with Ka Pai Kaiti, which had taken over running the markets with a lot to offer.

“The vision is for a significant lift in the market, complete with music and entertainment.

“This is all in the early stages. However, Ka Pai Kaiti has the experience and ability to make this not only a huge market for the community, but Gisborne as a whole.” Mr Winkler said.

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