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.
Wayne Poutoa - Porirua City Councilor
Fa'amatuainu Wayne Poutoa is a well know community leader in Porirua. He is the founding director of the Streets Ahead 237 project that supports people in the Porirua Community. He been a finalist for the Wellingtonian of the Year Award and was part of the Vodafone Foundation World of Difference programme.
For more information about the Streets ahead 237 initiative check out their Facebook page.
Welcome to Wellington and the end of the 2011 ReGeneration Roadtrip!
And what a week it was. Community dinners, a regional Youth Environment Jam, and three more awesome changemaker interviews. Guy, Laura and Rick had a great time with the final Inspiring Stories workshop of the tour. Check out the Inspiring Stores blog for more info on this great project.
The grand finale for the Roadtrip was our four day exhibition at the Academy Fine Arts Gallery on Queens Wharf. The exhibition featured over 60 photographs, 15 regional artworks, 20 short films and animations, as well as quotes and stories from the people we met over the 15 weeks of the project.
It was great to see so many friends and supporters at the opening night and over the weekend. Thank you to every one of the nearly 600 people who came along to see the exhibition as well as the guest speakers and workshop hosts.
The ReGeneration Roadtrip would not have been possible with out the support of many people and organisations. The ReGeneration Trust would like to acknowledge The Tindall Foundation, The Todd Foundation, The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation, The Ministry of Youth Development, The Community Trust of Southland, Inspiring Stories Trust, Southland District Council, Dunedin City Council, Marlborough District Council, Puke Ariki Museum, Waikato Regional Council, Auckland Zoo, Northland Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, and Creative Communites Wellington.
A project like this relies on a huge amount of generosity in all directions. We would also like to thank everyone around New Zealand who put us up in their homes, gave us discounts, feed us, loaned and gifted us artworks and showed around their part of the country.
Finally, the ReGeneration Trust would like to thank Guy, Iain, Jill, Josh, Rick, Saskia, Tim, and Will for being such awesome ambassadors for the future. It has been a pleasure working, travelling and learning along side each of you. We wish you every success with the exciting projects you are all working on for the rest of 2011!