Plastic Free July champion, Flo McNeill, has instigated Welly’s first official alternative system to the plastic bag, the Paekākāriki Bag Bank, in an effort to support her whole community on the road to becoming plastic bag free. Flo talks about how, the challenges and wins in this interview.
In the spirit of Plastic Free July, Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince are about to bring you an evening of information about living Zero Waste… Wellington-style. In this interview Hannah and Liam share about the Zero Waste Movement’s key principles, pioneers and we glean a few tips on how to live like they do- WITHOUT a rubbish tin.
Emma Giesen, hasn’t seen much of the daylight saving hours as she spends most of her summer championing our cities creative culture. She is one of the backbones behind Wellington’s most coveted festivals, the New Zealand Fringe Festival and CubaDupa, which run back to back.
In this interview she talks about why she works so hard to keep Welly at the top of our creative game and the exciting addition of up cycling art zones, Junk Monsters, bike powered dance acts, Bicycle Valet parking, which is all just the tip of the ice burg of all the fun stuff about to happen at Cuba Dupa next weekend.
In this interview we chat with the Kiwi innovators behind a wasp-killing bait, an Iwi-led restoration project from Tolaga Bay and a new-generation native lizard monitoring system from Wellington based EcoGecko Consultants Ltd. They have each been awarded $25,000 from a WWF New Zealand grant to recognize their contribution to innovation in conservation.
The awards, now in their second year are a celebration of Kiwi innovators whose ideas look set to make a real difference in the fight to protect our special places and wildlife.
I have recently had the pleasure of meeting Peter Gilberd, founder of the Woodridge Planters, a community planting group based in Northern suburbs of Wellington. They were recognized for the massive work they have done with an highly commended award in the Wellington Airport Community Awards. The Woodridge Planters are also part of a riparian tree planting project with the Million Metres Streams and are crowdfunding to plant out 400 meters of one of Welly’s few streams, the Belmont Stream. However through the simple act of planting trees, it is clear this is having a huge effect not only on the environment but on the entire Newlands community.