The Daily whakapapa - our foundations

The Search Party Charitable Trust is incorporated

In late 2014 we, a group of Te Puke locals, formed The Search Party Charitable Trust, with a vision to see a connected and thriving Te Puke community.

A community space
The Daily cafe opens

With the support of funders and our community we built a community Facility, in the form of a social enterprise café, opening The Daily Café in 2016. We began to use this space as a place for community to gather, especially for our free monthly pizza nights, and our volunteer-based community cooking sessions of ready-made cottage pies for our community. We began to host a collaboration to discuss how our community’s transport needs could be better met, collectively having input on bus route, and doing the background work for St John to initiate a health shuttle service.

New initiative
The Daily help

Three years later in 2019, a new initiative was launched – The Daily Help. We received referrals from community members, community organisations, government departments and health providers to gather volunteers to practically help their neighbours who needed support with their sections and disposing of rubbish. This often-reconnected people with their community and in some cases, this helped people retain their tenancies. Our collaborative work continued as we supported the formation of COLAB Te Puke.

Ka ora, Ka Ako program
Lunches in school

With a new government initiative launched in 2020 to provide Lunches in Schools, we formed a beautiful partnership with the local schools. A commercial kitchen was developed to feed children funded by the government initiative but also those who were not funded. We were able to provide plenty of new employment opportunities for our community. This kitchen became a platform to a more sustainable way of continuing our ready-made food support, and education around food and nutrition. We are also able to direct any overflow of food back to our community. In this year we also changed our name to The Daily Charitable Trust.

Covid-19 response
The Daily response to the pandemic

Our response to the ongoing hardship of the COVID epidemic throughout 2021 and 2022 saw continued value placed on partnership relationships and collaboration. We were able to adapt and respond quickly to an increased need for emergency ready-made meals, keeping our local iwi providers, health organisations and food bank well stocked with ready-made meals. In March/April 2022 we generated 4,000+ readymade frozen meals.

The Daily Food pūtake – the origin or reason for being

Bringing People Together, Working With Others, Neighbours Helping Neighbours

Our café and all initiatives and events are not here for our own gain, but for the gain of the local community.
All of our profits go back into our community and our agenda is to add into what we believe is ‘the best little town in NZ’ in every way possible through our resources, experience and partnerships.
Our focus is on breaking the poverty cycle and filling the ‘gaps’ where many needs fall quietly through. We do this in partnership with other local charities and community groups, choosing collaboration wherever possible.

Our dream is to see ALL of Te Puke connected and thriving.