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Mary Mohawk and Lisa Tohiariki – Maraenui Hub volunteers

Volunteer Week Food Collection Mary Lisa 2

Today’s volunteers in the spotlight are Mary Mohawk and Lisa Tohiariki – two wāhine toa who work tirelessly for their community through the Hub Maraenui’s Kai for Rescue.

Every week they buzz around town rescuing food from local supermarkets and food suppliers and take it back to the Hub Maraenui, where they sort it into kai boxes then distribute it to whoever needs it.

#TeamNapier asked them what drives them as volunteers. Here’s what they had to say:

Why do you volunteer?

Mary: I'm passionate about people. People matter. I volunteer to help make a difference. I like to give back to a cause that I care about.

Lisa: The servitude reminds me of my tīpuna. They were people with big hearts and they looked after their communities. Volunteering through service is a way I can remember them and continue their mahi. I do it for my kids too; I want them to see that helping people has its rewards.

What is the best part about volunteering?

Lisa:  The people, relationships and friendships you make along the way. I feel calm and at peace when I know I've done what I can to bridge a gap – even just a little bridge. I love doing what I do. I look forward to it.

Mary: Connecting and bringing the community and our neighbourhood together. Everyone is welcome at the Hub. It’s where you can catch up with friends, have kai, catch your breath and get support.

23 June 2021

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