2022 AWARD FINALIST
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Anna is a Hāwea-based singer, songwriter and performer and now children's environmental hero - Waste Free Wanda.
Waste Free Wanda is an interactive show for tamariki inspiring them to care for Papatūānuku, reduce single-use waste, look after waterways and think about what they can do at home. Wanda incorporates playfulness and humour through singing and dancing to make sustainable learning fun.
From just an idea in 2019, Anna has now delivered eight tours in Aotearoa New Zealand which have been viewed by 13,000 children and their caregivers. The show enables children to participate in the arts, introduces te reo Māori and gives practical ways on how to make a positive impact. Anna is passionate about educating tamariki early so they have the tools, knowledge and understanding to create change.
Waste Free Wanda now has a YouTube channel providing music videos that double as educational resources on how to be a waste free superhero. Her newly launched website also offers interactive resources for kaiako, whānau and tamariki.
Anna is currently creating community workshops as an additional way to deliver Wanda’s waste-free messaging.