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Lessons from New Zealand's largest fruit and vege co-op: how the community is taking charge

Empowering communities

Lessons from New Zealand's largest fruit and vege co-op: how the community is taking charge

After noticing a growing number of people using the Wesley Community Food Bank in Porirua the community responded by starting what is now New Zealand's largest community fruit and vege co-op. Director David Hanna says it shows an empowered community taking control of their situation, as the Co-op is distributing nine tonnes of affordable fruit and vegetables into 1400 homes every week and giving people the opportunity to come up with their own solutions to the problems caused by poverty and high levels of debt. Here, he explains a report the organisation did with Deloitte called Making Good Sense: Evidence and Lessons in Community Innovation and how it is helping their community thrive.