Putake’ is Maori for ‘PURPOSE‘ or ‘reason for being.’ It incorporates the concepts of ‘kaitiakitanga‘ (guardianship and care-taking of our natural resources) and Manaakitanga (hospitality) and whanaungatanga (family).
We are all about these purposes at Kakapo Creek. As a quadruple bottom line company, everything we do is designed to support our children, their families, our community and our environment.
And this isn’t just a cliche. We really mean it. That’s why Kakapo Creek will never be just about profit! We take seriously our responsibility to create a genuine ‘families first’ approach where quality is never compromised for profit.
In addition to our family focused , researched based children’s garden, we donate a minimum of 10% of each year’s profit to supporting families, children and our environment in both New Zealand and around the world, including sponsoring impoverished families in Rwanda, the endangered native Kakapo and our own local community through community workshops and education. We even provide plant based, organic, wholegrain foods in our centre to help our environment.
Read about three specific ways we support our wider community below.
We directly sponsor the education of students in developing countries through the charity, Lighthouse Orphan Foundation. Ian & Kaye founded this charity over 20 years ago and they have directly helped over 70 children in two countries (Russia and Rwanda) finish high school and complete tertiary education. These students are funded directly and are given financial and material support to enable them to gain tertiary qualifications and an escape from poverty.
As customers of Meridian Energy we are partnering with them to support the breeding and repopulation of the critically endangered Kakapo Bird – an endemic flightless, nocturnal parrot found only in a few remote places in NZ. We are gold sponsors of the Kakapo Recovery program led by the Department of Conservation.
Workshops for parents are provided to our Kakapo Creek parents as well as our wider community. These workshops are professionally presented and based on evidence based attachment theory, neuroscience and developmental psychology. They are not only transformational, they are fun and engaging as well.