Catherine Hill, Deirdre Marshall, David Laing, Michelle Ducat – Car Free Families

Car free familiesHave you ever wondered how you’d cope if you didn’t own a car? Me too! So in this interview we found four Wellington and Lower Hutt families who, by choice, are car free or nearly car free.

They talk about why, the challenges, tips, and some unexpected benefits of not owning or using their cars.

Many thanks to those who contributed to this interview.

Johanna and Laurie Sanders – here to stay

The Village Market

Father and daughter team, Laurie and Johanna Sanders, have a pretty big vision for the The Village Market out in Lower Hutt. Laurie, the self appointed “Artisan Godfather”, insists that the market is the future, as all businesses start small and the Village Market will enable more of this to happen. Many of our unique Wellington businesses started in a market so I am inclined to agree, but in this interview I found Laurie is so convinced, he is going to leave this as his legacy for the Hutt community. The Village Market is here to stay.

The Sew Good Cooperative Mums – a common unity

SewGood_CUP_20141128_6040These are the Mum’s from The The Common Unity Project Aotearoa Sew Good Cooperative at Epuni School in Lower Hutt. Of all the stories B-Side Stories has done, this one is possibly the most powerful, Why? Because their story is a community led response to the economic and social pressures facing a huge percentage of our country. These women are doing it for themselves.

After founder Julia Milne has taken a few awards this year as the Overall Winner at the Wellington Airport Community Awards and the Sustainable Champion at the NZI Sustainable Business Awards for her work and vision on the project, we thought we’d go and have a chat with the Mums to see what the best things about the year were for them…..and it wasn’t what we thought.

If you think these women were doing an awesome thing please vote here as they are in the running for a grant that will really help their Koha Kitchen come to life.Closes Dec 11 so please do it today. It takes two clicks.

Thanks to Virginia Woods-Jack ….Photographer