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About us

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” - Napoleon Hill


 Our story

Founded in 2020 by local entrepreneur, Giri Prashanth, CommKit is short for ‘Community Kitchen’ and was born from seeing local produce, such as lemons, going to waste within the community. Hence the lemons in the CommKit logo!
Today CommKit has grown into an online, supportive community app made up of passionate local producers that offer a variety of richley authentic products and services, native to the Hutt Valley. Built and run out of a love for our community, CommKit has made it possible to support local, for everything you need.

We’re passionate about supporting locals.

Here’s why:
  • It helps the local economy; every $1 spent locally creates 2.7 times more value.
  • It increases the interaction among neighbors, helping to build trust and effectively building a safer community to live in.
  • It benefits the environment and decreases the need for as much plastic used in shipping.
  • It supports locals to leverage their passion projects, skills, talents, and experiences. It creates a financial safety net for their families and a happier, healthier outlook on life.

Today, CommKit is a growing community with a range of authentic foods, goods, and services. Together the individuals that make up the CommKit community help build stronger ties within the local region, and create a great experience for everyone involved!

Giri Prashanth, Founder

Local entrepreneur and engineer, based in Upper Hutt.

With over 20 years of experience building IT solutions, he is passionate about creating innovative ways to solve everyday problems and bridging the gap of technology inequality.

Founder and Director of Genibyte Solutions, Giri helps to build fit-for-purpose, best-in-class IT solutions for SMEś, communities, and local households. He focuses mainly on product strategy, development, training, support, and customer acquisition.

Giri has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication from the University of Madras. He also is a supporter of the local farmer's market - Koro’s Market, Vice President of the local taskmaster chapter, and a FLINT (Future Leader in Tech).


Gurjit Barry, Co-Founder

With more than two decades in the international wine and hospitality industry, Gurjit is a natural when it comes to building partnerships. An excellent communicator with numerous accolades and awards to show for his contribution and showmanship.

Our go-to guy for community partnerships and vendor engagement across New Zealand. Say, "Wine" and you are sure to get his attention.

Gurjit BARRY is the lover of all things fermented. His love for New Zealand Pinot Noir and a rack of lamb are world-renowned. When he is not coaching football, playing badminton, cycling in the countryside, or tasting wines, he can be seen enjoying a chilled IPA.