Paddock to Pantry Supports Community and the Environment
Delivering a 'neat little store' for the community was a key reason Wayne & Melanie Kennerley purchased the 'Karaka Country Market' to develop what is known today as Paddock to Pantry. It's no surprise then that supporting Sports Clubs, Schools and Charitable Organisations is just part of what Paddock to Pantry does!
Local community initiatives include:
- Providing weekly oranges for all the Karaka Junior Rugby Teams.
- Annual support for local Ag Days at Te Hihi and Karaka Primary Schools.
- Sponsoring the Local School Bus for the Karaka Primary School.
During Covid19 Paddock to Pantry became a key provider of groceries to the local community. Keeping the shelves full of Fresh Produce, Meat, everyday Groceries, Beer and Wine was challenging, but we're very proud of how we helped to make it easier and safer for those who live local.
During this time Mel took the initiative to deliver groceries to farm gates to our more elderly or those with medical conditions.
Wayne, outside of his role of as CEO for the various group of companies that are owned or operated by the Kennerley Group of Companies, uses his time and Business, Marketing and Financial skills on the Interflora NZ board. Interflora has over 200 member florists throughout NZ and the greater pacific. "Established in 1935 this long standing Co-op needed some significant change if it was to continue its mission of supporting florists in the future. I was thankful for the opportunity and support I received to help achieve the change that was needed so that this businesses can not only survive, but thrive!"
In addition to these local efforts, Wayne & Melanie also provide extensive support for charitable organisations such as Hospice, the South Auckland Food Bank, Life Education Trust to name a few.