Gizzy Kai Rescue

Gizzy Kai Rescue

Caption: Gizzy Kai Rescue hard at work: Tangiwai Milner-Madden (volunteer), Lauren Beattie (manager), Kirsty Gaddum (volunteer)

From ambitious beginnings in 2016, Gizzy Kai Rescue (GKR) now has evolved into a booming food rescue organisation that has redirected over 57 tonnes of food and are set to conquer even more with its new manager on board.

GKR are a not-for-profit food rescue organisation that operate as a connection between food growers, producers, vendors and local community groups who redistribute the rescued food to those experiencing food scarcity in our region.

A month ago, Lauren Beattie joined the team to continue to help “local support local” as the new manager for GKR through the help of Trust Tairāwhiti funding.

GKR is making waves of impact on Gisborne’s food scarcity and poverty but also its carbon emissions, with the food rescued avoiding being thrown into landfills or becoming animal feed like it otherwise would.

Michele Rodriguez Ferrere and Alena Swannell began GKR planning in 2016 with a dream to gather food and distribute it to those in need.

In 2018 they began collecting kai from donors such as Countdown and Pak n Save Gisborne and finding new homes for it.

Now on a roll, Gizzy Kai Rescue has multiple donors give kai regularly.
Some of GKR recipients include SuperGrans, Maori Womens Welfare League, House of Breakthrough Church, Plunket, SPCA, Te Hapara Family Services, Te Hiringa Matua and Women's Refuge.

Recipients of GKR will often have wrap-around services (already offer help in areas such as counselling, financial advice and support - with a reach that is both urban and up the coast).

Receiving regular food parcels from GKR helps these recipients focus on these other areas of support that they offer and reduce any stress of having to provide food for those they are reaching.

Gizzy Kai Rescue staff are extremely thankful for their donors Pak n Save Gisborne and Countdown Gisborne, Country Foods, Tasty Vege co, Twisted Citrus, Spitfire, Leaderbrand and Abes Bagels.

GKR supporters who also donate kai are Gisborne-Tatapouri Fishing Club, Kate Walters, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Gisborne Painting Services, Spitfire Catering, Integrated Foods, AP Hydraulics, Gizzy Eggs, Country Foods, Tairawhiti Adult Riding Group, Gisborne District Council, NZ Lotteries Commission, Gisborne Refrigeration and Warehouse Stationery.

To become a donor, supporter, volunteer or recipient of Gizzy Kai Rescue, go to