We gave Melissa Firth a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Again Again, a sustainable coffee cups on-demand system which has recently been introduced in Auckland, following its Wellington launch. Here, Firth talks about how the social enterprise is improving the way we go about reducing waste, while still maintaining our high coffee intake.
Isthmus’ original plan for the Wellington waterfront at Kumutoto composed two key spatial moves: to push the city out and let the sea in. Now, over a decade on, the project is nearing completion. The latest phase of work – North Kumutoto – extends the laneway, tracing the historic sea wall past new commercial buildings. And while the precinct has evolved since its original plan, it still explores the relationship between land and sea. Findlay Buchanan talks with Isthmus CEO Ralph Johns about the new additions.
Earlier this year, architecture organisation ADEDU put out a call for students and professionals to redesign the Band Rotunda at the Oriental Bay Pavilion, a site that has sat unoccupied since an earthquake in 2016. Now, the first prize winner has been announced as Russia-based Stanislaw Michalowski’s Wellington Wave design. Plus, the jury were impressed by several other strong international contenders.
The world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, Zealandia, opened its doors in our capital city almost two decades ago, and since then, its existence has helped see the city’s native bird population explode – and encouraged people to do their bit in their local ecosystem, with National Geographic calling the city an ‘ecological triumph’. We talked with its manager of conservation and research Dr Danielle Shanahan about how the park is changing people’s perception of conservation, while helping balance Wellington’s urban needs with its ecological needs.
Wellington's Cuba St will be getting a rainbow crossing next month to coincide with the birthday of one of the city's most iconic transgender activists, Carmen Rupe. This follows a campaign by local Wellingtonians that gathered nearly 3000 signatures backing the idea of a rainbow crossing.
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.