TAKA Trust seeks to provide tamariki with more experiences and opportunities to enhance and grow their talents.
TAKA Trust seeks to provide tamariki with more experiences and opportunities giving them access to sports, technology, cultural events, modern learning and the arts - things which should be accessible to all New Zealand tamariki. We aim to make this a reality.
Our focus is on the North East area of Lower Hutt (Naenae, Taita, Pomare and Stokes Valley). We are very proud of our tamariki with their skills and capabilities and we want to be able to provide opportunities that will enhance and help grow their talents.
TAKA Trust has partnered with Ride Holidays who continue to share our kaupapa and raise funds for brand new bikes and helmets for schools. The bikes continue to be enjoyed by many tamariki and with our generous partners, more tamariki will be able to enjoy the gift of riding.
Ride Holiday’s target for 2018 was originally 25 bikes for one school. They ended up providing new bikes to both Taita Central Primary and Randwick Primary Schools.
In 2019 bikes were supplied to Tui Glen, Naenae, Pomare and Pukeatua Schools. 2020 was a big year (despite Covid) and we supplied bikes to Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Ara Whanui in the Hutt, and then provided bikes for no less than 4 more schools - Baird’s Mainfreight in Otara, Natone Park, Cannons Creek in Porirua and Koraunui School, Stokes Valley.
Despite lockdowns and international shipping problems in 2021 the momentum kept going with bikes going into Glenbrae Primary in Auckland, and Te Kura o Hau Karetu in Upper Hutt-Heretaunga.
2022 has already been massive with bikes already delivered to Petone Central Primary, Arakura, St Michaels and Epuni in the Hutt. As well as Auckland school – Jean Batton primary. 5 schools so far for 2022. With more to come.
To ensure the new bikes remain in safe working order for the tamariki we also formed a small group of volunteers to visit schools and undertake a bike maintenance programme. We visit up to 10 schools a year. Not just the schools we’ve supplied bikes to but any school that needs help.