Flo McNeill – the first bag bank

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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.

http://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/Our-District/on-to-it/sustainable-communities/paekakariki-bag-bank/

http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince- plastic free and beyond

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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.

Plastic Free and Beyond: Living Zero Waste in Wellington

Find out more about the event https://www.facebook.com/events/1588953981402827/

Plus more on living plastic free

Plastic Free July Challenge http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/the-challenge.html

 

Wellington – a Fair Trade City

 

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Wellington has been a Fair Trade City for over five years! In this episode of B-Side Stories, Laurie and Laura visit some businesses that bring fair trade values to life.

You’ll hear:

Wellington Chocolate Factory – http://www.wcf.co.nz/

All Good Bananas and Karma Cola – http://allgoodorganics.co.nz/

Stories coffee – https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/661693826/

Trade Aid Wellington – http://www.tradeaid.org.nz/index.php

Commonsense Organics – http://www.commonsenseorganics.co.nz/

Emma Giesen – creative capital champion

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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.

http://cubadupa.co.nz/

Eco friendly  http://cubadupa.co.nz/category/eco-friendly/

To use the Valet Bike Parking http://cubadupa.co.nz/?s=LEISURE

To Volunteer https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hsEpBopaOx5yWYQQnm908uwgh2hH3PxdpnSxn0poNTw/viewform

Mel Beirne, Tim Packer, Linnea Lindstroem – can gardening save the world?

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We are always told that planting a food garden could save us money, But now I am hearing that gardening could save our world? Really?

So in this interview we talk to three of Welly’s most well known gardeners,Linnea Lindstroem of Edible Oasis and workerBe oasis, Mel Beirne from Brooklyn Orchard and Garden trainer for Garden to Table, and Tim Packer of the Innermost Gardens who discuss how gardening just might do that.

 

http://www.innermostgardens.org.nz/

http://edibleoasis.net/

https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynFoodGroupNZ/

https://www.facebook.com/WorkerBeOasis/

Innovation for Conservation

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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.

 

http://www.wwf.org.nz/what_we_do/community_funding/innovation/

http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2003261-135/award-for-iwi-led-tolaga-project

https://www.facebook.com/EcoGecko-Consultants-Ltd-341875135846155/?fref=ts

Peter Gilberd – The Woodridge Planters

Peter Gilberd Woodridge 1I 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.

https://www.facebook.com/Woodridge-Planters-131786613520768/timeline/

http://www.woodridge.org.nz/

http://millionmetres.org.nz/open-project/belmont-stream

Toby Chappell – the skate for hope

Tony Chappell IMG_5391Toby Chappell, is the founder of the charity Skate For Hope. After skateboarding saved him from suicide, he believes that skateboarding can also save the lives of others. So while skateboarding from Cape Reinga to Bluff from November 2015 to January 2016 he will be visiting schools, churches, skate parks and youth centers to tell his story and encourage others to stand their ground and take action against mental health issues. He is an incredible young man, who is having amazing things happen to him after deciding to put as much effort into living instead of into dying.

For more on the give a little campiagn https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/skateforhopenz

For more on the gig this saturday https://www.facebook.com/events/1478646092452296/

http://www.skateforhope.nz/

Hannah Milward – the beats for nepal

Hannah Milward Screenshot_2015-07-27-09-10-10-1 Independent Welly nurse, Hannah Milward, is the reason for the Beats for Nepal fundraiser happening on the 28th of August at Meow. Unlike other fundraisers for Nepal, this one is to actually help Hannah to go and volunteer her skills in the medical and dental camps there at the end of this year. Hannah has a passion for humanitarian work and has already volunteered her skills in Cambodia for three months. But does she really know what she is in for in Nepal?

Ready Sett, one of the Welly bands playing at the fundraiser play live opening and closing track.

https://www.facebook.com/events/908858392538619/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ready-Sett/1476318199307367?fref=ts

Fathia, Mohammed and Kate – world refugee day

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Fathia escaped the war in Yemen with her two babies, to then spend 12 years as a refugee family in Ethiopia waiting for a new country. She had never heard of new Zealand but after requesting a “peace country” she and her family arrived in Wellington about 10 years ago. To celebrate World Refugee Day New Zealand we will have a chat with Fathia, her son Mohammed and Kate Miller, their volunteer support person about their experience of settling into Wellington. The answers are not what I thought and every kiwi needs to hear this.

“Wellington is one of five main centers that accepts refugees and currently we take twice our National share” Murdoch Willliams

http://multiculturalnz.org.nz/World+Refugee+Day+2015+in+New+Zealand

if you think we could take more refugees into New Zeaand.http://www.doingourbit.co.nz/

To meet more Refugees in New Zealand https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/refugee-services/get-to-know-me/