Fairtrade pops up in Wellington

19 May 2015

A pop up shop celebrating Fairtrade has been a roaring success! Hear all about it – and why you should drop by before it ends this Friday 22nd May.

Wellington became the first Fairtrade city, and capital, in the Southern Hemisphere in 2009. Since then, it’s been celebrating fairtrade-releated events, particularly over Fairtrade Fortnight, celebrated this year from 8th May until 22nd May.

Josephine Salisbury Mills from Fair Trade City Wellington is behind the pop up Fairtrade shop on Wellington’s Tory Street which has become a hub for events and Fairtrade awareness-raising over the fortnight. “Most years we just run a few different events in various locations, but this year we thought it might be cool to create a tangible space that people could come along to and check out, where they could interact and learn about the fair trade movement. We wanted to create a place that people could stumble upon by accident, the idea being to extend our reach beyond our database and connect Wellingtonians to local fair trade suppliers and businesses”.

The space, which is usually a community open source gallery, has continued to host its usual groups throughout the fortnight, along with the pop up Fairtrade shop. The pop up has hosted coffee tasting with Fairtrade fanatics and member Peoples Coffee, hosted a Fairtrade bake off over the weekend, had Fairtrade tea tastings and lots of giveaways thanks to local businesses like Commonsense Organics.

This week the space will hold a Bananagrams game night, with All Good Organics supplying treats and prizes, and some Thunderpants/All Good Organics philanthropants to give away, as well as a screening of the documentary Black Gold on Wednesday. All events hosted at the pop up are free.

The space has been decked out with Fairtrade products and information, including Fairtrade-themed artwork from local artists, Karma Kola, Peoples Coffee, tea and bananas for koha and comfy couches to relax on and read books about the fair trade movement.

To find out more about becoming a Fairtrade business click here.