Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA Pukekohe Manager Monique believes strongly in their cafes role in looking out for the wider community and its locals. Finding it “warming and lovely to be a part of helping others”, Monique says it is the next generation who need positive role models to follow. This is reflected in her charitable work with local schools in the form of fun days, raffles, giveaways and activities for the little ones. Over 500 ‘Star Student’ vouchers have been donated along with
'Keeping it local' is a food trend that has seen increased popularity over the last few years. It's slightly ironic as we are just going back to what our grandparents did in times when it was much harder to ship and fly food all over the world. We ate what we grew and bought food from close by. We were also perhaps much better connected to the community around us. You knew the people you bought from, and talked about where they grew their produce – the butcher, green grocer, the florist.