Auckland      Tāmaki Makaurau

Check out these "90 second" portraits of great changemakers we connected with during our time in this region. We'll be adding to these in the months ahead so watch this space.

Sam Orchard - Comic Artist

Sam's been drawing since he was a little girl. He is a youth worker, and draws comics about being queer and trans. At the beginning of the year Sam started a Masters degree writing short comics about queer people living in New Zealand. He's hoping the project will become a published resource. He also looks forward to growing a beard, one day.


You can check out more of Sam's art and ideas on his Rooster Tails website.

Whew! We thought our week in Auckland was going to be full on and it was.

It started with a wonderful welcome from Robin Allison and the community at Earthsong EcoNeighbourhood in Ranui. This inspirational cohousing project has been in development for over 15 years and looks better and better each time we visit. It was great to arrive to a potluck dinner and the opportunity to share stories with some of the resident changemakers.

Tuesday saw schools visits, an Inspiring Stories workshop, meetings and a check in with the crew at Auckland Zoo who hosted us during the week.

On Wednesday we filmed several Auckland social entrepreneurs and innovators including Sam Orchard (featured above) and then headed for Takapuna and the YouthworX Community evening. This great event featured 8 inspirational speakers from the local community as well as some of the ReGeneration Roadtrip crew. Massive thanks to Manda Judd and the crew from YouthWorX and to Cam Calkoen from Caribiner for being such a rad MC.

Thursday we headed to Vodafone HQ for Guy Ryan's Inspiring Stories presentation and then to the Zoo to meet up with the Auckland ReGen crew for a pizza and film evening. Thank you to Monique and Tali for all the work you put in to make our time at Auckland Zoo Jam such a great success.

The highlight of the week was once again the Youth Jam, with 25 young leaders plus our crew and the team from the Auckland Zoo it was quite a big group meeting for 2 days at the Old Elephant House. The Jam included the usual workshops and skills sessions but also a fantastic Safari Night Walk around the Zoo and a Bio-Diversity Dance night with DJ team 'Goodlooking Sound System'. It was an epic night and  great way to finish our week in the urban jungle.

Next week Northwards to the Cape!


Earthsong EcoNeighbourhood - Ranui

Earthsong EcoNeighbourhood, Ranui
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