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

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

There is a growing number of people using the Wesley Community Food Bank in Wellington, which is New Zealand's largest community fruit and vege co-op. Is this a reflection of a community with growing and concerning levels of poverty? Director David Hanna says it shows an empowered community taking control of their situation, as the Food Bank 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.

Growing pains

In an international benchmark of 24 global cities carried out by global infrastructure consultancy firm WSP, Auckland came an impressive #13 – ahead of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Calgary, and even megacity Beijing. David Kidd, WSP Opus (NZ) general manager client solutions, takes a look at what makes Auckland stand out from the crowd – and where there’s room for improvement. 

Tactical urbanism

If you’ve wandered through Auckland’s Eastern Viaduct recently, then you may have helped shape the future of the city through Panuku Development Auckland's “Urban Lab”. Here, principal landscape architect of the public realm at Panuku Cameron Perkins explains how it's helping test ideas out with the public.