Youth Showing Vision of Sustainable
A group of young
Kiwis has taken climate change and the environment into their hands, and
will be holding their own event, entitled 'Auckland's future', at this
year's Sustainable City Showcase.
The youth climate action group, Generation Zero, will showcase their
vision for Auckland as a liveable, low carbon city to the wider public
and business sector at their micro-conference. The event will focus on
setting the scene for a liveable, low-carbon city, and showcase
Generation Zero's vision for Auckland combining their work on the
Congestion Free Network, the Unitary Plan and the soon to be released
At the Sustainable City Showcase, Generation Zero will be using Auckland
as example of a city perfectly placed for all of Auckland to work
together to create a liveable, low-carbon city. They will be joined by
representatives from Auckland Council will also be piloting an
interactive exercise to support the same end, with a focus on practical
solutions to address local needs.
"We want people to take away a sense of hope for the future. We are
witnessing a global shift away from polluting fossil fuels, and as New
Zealanders, we are blessed with the opportunity to move our cities
beyond car-dependence by making our cities much more liveable places
with smarter transport options," says Ryan Mearns, Generation Zero's
national campaign strategist. "We want people - through their voices as
members of the public and their choices as consumers - to put pressure
on the Government to take climate action."
Guest speakers at their event include Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse; CEO of
Eco Store, Malcolm Rands; and leaders of Generation Zero discussing
their vision for Auckland.
Generation Zero works to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport,
liveable cities and independence from fossil fuels. They want to ensure
that the future wellbeing of New Zealand and its people is not
undermined by political decisions made today on climate change and
fossil fuel policies.
Generation Zero has worked this year to establish its vision for
Auckland through two major initiatives. At the start of the year the
group worked to give young people a voice on the Unitary Plan,
advocating for a quality compact city. They also developed, with the
editors of Auckland Transport Blog, the Congestion Free Network, which
is a fully costed, affordable plan for public transport in Auckland.
Their event will be all about setting the scene for a liveable,
low-carbon city, and they want to invite people to bring along their own
ideas of how Auckland can move towards this vision.
The NZ Herald
New Zealand: Organic
Skincare brand Secures Korean Deal
A Nelson organic skincare company has
secured a significant distribution deal with a Korean cosmetics company.
Plantę Certified Organic Skincare has announced a partnership with
Korean cosmetics distribution company Organic Solution Co. Ltd.
Plantę, founded last November by cosmetics and skincare specialist Carol
Priest and her daughters Janelle and Fiona, now has more than 40
stockists, as well as distributor connections in Canada and Europe, and
an e-commerce division.
Mrs Priest said the new deal was the company's largest single order to
date. Securing a Korean distributor was a goal since the company
started, and the deal gave it a brand presence and customer base in
Asia, where the organic market was thriving. The deal had taken about a
year to finalise, and came about thanks to Mrs Priest's personal
relationships with the Korean company.
Plantę was producing jobs for her three daughters, keeping them from
leaving the Nelson region and moving to Europe or Australia like a lot
of their friends had done, she said.
Organic Solution director Sangchan Lee runs a successful chain of day
spas in Seoul. He was in Nelson for the last few days working on the
distribution agreement, said he expects Plantę to be well received by
the Korean market. "We respect Carol Priest and trust in her the most.
That's a very important thing."
She had an esteemed reputation for producing high quality organic
skincare products, so the company was excited and honoured to sell
Plantę on her behalf in Korea.
Plantę was the first "real" organic product his company had seen, and he
predicted the company would become the No 1 brand in New Zealand and
Australia in the very near future.
Mrs Priest has 20 years' experience in the cosmetic and skincare
business. A scientist, she first became interested in organic products
after using them during her OE in the late 1970s. She then spent six
years working for GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals training as a lab
technologist. Using that experience Mrs Priest began formulating her own
skincare products, for herself, friends and family.
Opportunities in the Asian natural & organic
cosmetics market will be featured at the 3rd Asia-Pacific edition
of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. Taking place in Hong Kong on
11-13th November, the summit will give an update
on the global natural & organic cosmetics market as
well as standards. More details are on the
The Global Market for Natural & Organic
Source: Nelson Mail / Organic Monitor
Australia: Demand for
Organic Grains Growing
The owner of the only organic flour mill
in north-west NSW is certain demand for organic grain products is
Craig Neale, owner and manager of Wholegrain Milling Company in Gunnedah,
fears it's too late in the season to secure a good amount of grain from
north of the Queensland border due to dry weather.
Though, having worked up his organics business for twenty five years, Mr
Neale says he's no stranger to a tough economic climate. "It's been a
long, tough journey," he said.
"We're trying to pioneer a market so hence you're outlaying sums of
money with no guarantee of return on them, but we've persisted and since
2002, the market has grown substantially and we're spending a lot of our
energy now expanding to keep up with the growth in the market."
Mr Neale says people tend to turn to organics due to advice from health
professionals or through their own interest.
"We're finding more and more people react to things such as articles
about organics in magazines and we'll find a jump in certain product
lines, for example gluten-free or products high in selenium," he said.
"There is still substantial growth still out there in the organic
industry and the limiting factor is the supply of raw materials.
"Hence that's why we need to be passionate and receptive towards our
growers, because they're the ones that are actually at the cold front of
the organic scene."