Beyond Us

Curate exists to help release people’s potential in Jesus, and one way we can do that is
through acts of kindness which show people we believe in them. Beyond Us is our
community ministry which seeks to do just that – going beyond our walls to help release
people’s potential in Jesus.

There are loads of great projects and initiatives you can get involved with – whether you are
keen to volunteer for one hour every now and then, or for several hours every week, we
have something for you! You can even promote your own community project idea, or shout
special treats for local kids in foster care!



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Help Me Help Them is an online platform which allows Curate people to present their community project ideas (ie. a school breakfast club, making over an elderly person’s property, etc), then gather volunteers - and then once their target is reached, finances are released for the project to go ahead. Our heart is to empower Curate people to follow their passions and serve our community!

You can get involved by:

- Submitting your idea for a community project

- Pledging to support someone else’s project

- Helping project leaders create a strategy plan

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Each week we run community dinners in Merivale and Arataki, and soon a monthly community dinner in Te Puke too! These dinners are all about building community by getting to know each other over a free 2-course meal.

You can get involved by:

- Helping with food prep

- Picking up donated food items

- Helping serve food

- Helping tidy up afterwards

- Just coming to eat and chat!

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Each week a team of people lovingly prepare and cook delicious homemade meals, which are then stored in our freezer, ready to go out to people in our wider community – a neighbour, a parent from school, a colleague, etc – who are facing hardship, just to show them we care!

You can get involved by:

- Helping prepare meals each week or from time-to-time

- Taking a meal to someone going through a tough time

- Donating food items/produce 


Coming soon… It’s all about coming together to serve our neighbours and communities by helping with practical tasks like lawn-mowing, gardening, painting, or even baking them a cake or inviting them over for a BBQ. Stay tuned for more details!



Every December since 2015, we have sourced, packed, sorted and given away 1,000 grocery hampers to families and individuals who are doing it tough at Christmastime. We are always blown away by the hundreds of people who join together to help make this a reality for those who would otherwise face a seemingly hopeless festive season – come join us!

You can get involved by:

- Helping with logistics, sorting items or transport

- Serving at the packing and/or pick-up days

- Sponsoring hamper bags

- Organising a fundraiser



This is our annual winter project where we give away over 2,000 Stoney Creek polar-fleece clothing packs to local kids in need. Packs are distributed in partnership with local charities through fun-filled pick-up days with sausage sizzles and face-painting.

You can get involved by:

- Helping with logistics, sorting packs or transport

- Helping with organising the pick-up days

- Serving at the pick-up days

- Sponsoring packs

- Organising a fundraiser


iCanShoutThem is a wish list made by kids in foster care (ie. Judah would like some rugby boots, Indi would like some horse-riding lessons), where items can then be “shouted” by the Curate community. Initially all “shouting” will be done by the Beyond Us Coffee Fund, and eventually Curate people will be able to shout items too.

You can get involved by:

- Buying coffee from Curate on Sundays

- Shouting items (from early 2019)



ICONZ is an action, adventure, activity and values-based programme for kiwi boys, which allows boys to be boys. Run all over NZ, it involves a wide range of action, fun, games, faith, life skills, leadership and competition - all the stuff boys need to become true kiwi icons.

You can get involved by:

- Becoming a volunteer

- Becoming a team leader

- Becoming an administrative assistant

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Community CHristmas Lunch


Every Christmas, people from Curate Whakatane partner with local organisations, businesses and individuals, to organise, prepare and serve a delicious three course meal for hundreds of people in our community. Our goal is to give every person the best Christmas they've ever had! It is always a special time of building hope, togetherness and beautiful relationships.

Get involved:

- Join the team to organise the event

- Help with set up on 23/24 December

- Help on the day 25 December

- Make a financial donation

- Fundraise/apply for grants


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Good Neighbour
This local organisation is doing amazingly good work in our neighbourhoods, through food rescue, community gardens, and practical help.

Open Home Foundation
OHF is a Christian foster care organisation which places children from all backgrounds into the homes of loving Christian families, as well as providing respite care for children with intellectual disabilities.

Volunteer Build
Offers volunteer opportunities for people to build homes and classrooms for the poor in Mexico, Peru, Cambodia, Vietnam, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Nepal, as well as feeding the homeless, delivering aid to orphanages, and visiting prisoners. No prior building experience is required.

Kiwis for South Sudan
Originally from Tauranga, Jono & Destinee Macleod are doctors who followed God’s call to South Sudan where they are part of In Deed And Truth Ministries (IDAT). IDAT provides medical care for children, orphans, widows, expectant mothers, the elderly and disabled, as well as pastoral training to native pastors empowering community owned transformation.

Ruel Foundation
This wonderful organisation ministers to some of the world’s most impoverished children living with treatable medical conditions and physical deformities, by providing them and their families with surgeries, medical care, education and the message of Christ.

Cambodia Charitable Trust
Founded by Tauranga lawyer Denise Arnold, Cambodia Charitable Trust provides free, quality education to vulnerable Cambodian children, especially girls. Education is the largest lever for social change in Cambodia, because it breaks the poverty cycle and opens the door to a bright and purposeful future for each child.