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.

Rick Thorpe - Organic Farmer

Rick and Liz have been developing their small farm near Whaingaroa for the past decade. They combine permaculture principles with the skills and wisdom they learned from their travels in the Pacific to grow food for their family and friends as well as a surplus to trade locally. Liz's famous pesto is a regular feature of the local Raglan market!


Rick is also involved in organising Extreme Waste near Raglan and in the Community Recycling network. Check out their website: www.xtremewaste.org.nz

Our week in the mighty Waikato saw the return to the Roadtrip Crew of Rick Zwaan who has been away for three weeks on an expedition to the North Pole! You can check out more about Rick's amazing journey here.

The week began in Raglan with a day off at Solscape Eco Retreat. Most of the Roadtrip crew celebrated by going surfing and catching up on emails. Thanks to Phil and the team at Solscape for your warm welcome and support.

On Tuesday and Wednesday Guy and Rick went into Hamilton for another great Inspiring Stories workshop at WinTec. Will connected with the crew at Hamilton Girls High School and the Students in Free Enterprise at Waikato University for Global Poverty Project presentations. Lani and Iain filmed interviews with Rick Thorpe (see above), Heidi Mardon and Vanshika Prakash.

The highlight of the week was our weekend Youth Jam with an awesome group of young people from Tauhara College in Taupo, Te Awamutu College, Hillcrest and Hamilton Girls High schools. The three day retreat was held at the beautiful Te Kauri Lodge near Kawhia and we ran a range of workshops including Global Poverty Project, Climate Change, Adventure Based Leadership, Communication, and web based media. Thanks to Andrea from the Waikato Regional Council and the other teachers who organised and supported the event.

Auckland here we come!

Solscape Eco Retreat - Manu Bay, Raglan

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