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.
Pinaman Owusu never thought she’d have anything to do with fashion, but now this Ghanaian born kiwi will have the honour of showcasing collections from 6 contemporary African designers & 2 emerging hot NZ based African talents to about 300 guests in Wellington at an event she has been working toward for over three years – the first ever Africa Fashion Festival New Zealand.
How do you get from working in the air force to wanting to help revolutionise the fashion industry? Samantha Jones, founder of a new Wellington business Little Yellow Bird, tells us about her journey doing just that, and her passion behind supplying corporate uniforms that use ethically sourced fabrics and are made under fair working conditions.
Her big message -” Buy less and be thoughtful about what we do buy.”
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.
Lauren Tennent goes to work at Peoples Coffee and she also goes regularly to prison, as it is part of her job to teach women inmates at Arohata how to make good coffee. In this interview find out why this young lady loves this part of her job and the reason why Peoples Coffee want to be aligned with a prison.
Does it feel like every second person you know is now keeping a hive? Cenna Lloyd is beekeeper for her own business Local Flavour Honey and also helps everyone else to keep their bees too. So why is Wellington becoming a mecca for bees, and why would urban honey be better?
Celia Painter and Abbie Krieble are teenagers who have written an illustrated book titled “When Life Gives you Lemons” that aims to help young people suffering from depression. Their idea was to offer a book with advice for young people, that was created by young people. To see their book visit: http://createbooks.co.nz/product/when-life-gives-you-lemons/
Celia and Abbie spoke with Ali on 2 Feb 2016 about creating the book and overcoming their own struggles with depression.
Geoff Simmons, is an economist working for the Morgan Foundation and he is also a big hitter in our conservation world for his involvement in the infamous Cats to Go campaign and Enhancing the Halo. So what is he doing acting in a comedy about to show at BATS Theatre called the The F Word Wellington– that delves into modern feminism in New Zealand?
In this interview Geoff along with improviser and drama teacher Kate Wilson talk about the F-word and why feminism still remains high on the list of difficult stuff we need to address.