What's Up Wednesday

Bicycle Junction’s New Community Hub!

Calling all cyclists! Wellington institution Bicycle Junction is on the move, and they want their new community hub to be bigger and better than ever.

Bicycle Junction started up four years ago, in the heart of Newtown. Its name came from the hope that the shop could be “a junction point in people’s lives where they are introduced to life by bike.” The team behind the shop see it as a place where everyone, cyclist or not, can be warmly welcomed, and become part of Wellington’s vibrant cycle-culture.

And as part of their mission to make Wellington a cycle-centric city, Bicycle Junction are moving and growing – and asking for your help. They’ve always supported their community, but now they want to build a retail and cafe space that can transform into a community venue by night, to give more back to the city and support even more people doing cool stuff.

To find out more about why you should be getting into gear with this campaign, we had a chat to community activator Catarina:

How are you finding the campaign so far?

We’re very excited about our crowdfunding campaign because it gives us a chance to take community engagement a step further. We’ve been pretty involved with various events in the past but when your community actually puts money up to help you realise a dream, that’s real validation.

What motivated you to reach out to your crowd?

We think our crowd is behind us 100%. And we don’t consider our crowd just to be cyclists. In fact, we don’t really like that word. We prefer people on bikes. But we also think pedestrians, coffee-lovers, students, families, and anyone who is in the area would love a bike shop/community hub like ours nearby.

What do you have planned for the rest of your campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

We’re excited to bring on reward partners such as Garage Project, Karma Cola, and other yummy goodness. We’re also working on a few ways to remember the old shop in Newtown. And finally, Dan wants to do some crazy stuff on a bike so stay tuned for what that might be! He’s nuts so this is really going to be outrageous!

Anything else you’d like to shout out to your crowd?

We love the new spot we’ve chosen and we will sorely miss Newtown but we don’t want this to be just a shop that only serves Te Aro (although Marion and Ghuznee will be THE place to be now!). We want to be ALL of Wellington’s bike shop and serve a growing community of people who want a more liveable and vibrant city.
We know how generous the people of Wellington can be and we hope they’ll continue to share that generosity through our campaign!

To support Bicycle Junction and get their wheels spinning, get pledging right here.

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AgWomen Global

365 days. 365 women. 365 stories of influence.

AgWomen wants to celebrate the stories of women who help to shape the primary industries. So for a whole year, they plan to share a story a day, across their Facebook, Instagram and website, all culminating in a coffee table book containing the different profiles. They’ve already got over 100 names signed up, and have written and edited 30 stories, which they’ve begun sharing!

But to progress to the next step they need your help – so we chatted to “Agvocate” Chelsea Miller about why you should be supporting this ambitious project:

Why do you think this campaign is important?

We’ve created this initiative on the premise that no longer the theory of ‘tall poppy syndrome’ is a negative one, rather creates an opportunity to celebrate success and share the stories of women who help to shape the Primary Industry. It is about celebrating these women’s contribution, encouraging the next generation to follow in their footsteps and connect a global community of like-minded people who can celebrate their successes together. So often women’s stories are forgotten and we are about bringing them to the forefront, so others are inspired to lead, make change, and understand that they are an equal in a partnership which is heading in the same direction.

What motivated you to reach out to your crowd?

There are many organisations out there helping to educate women and bring them together in a social context, but so often their stories aren’t shared beyond their own communities. We want to change this with AgWomen Global. Not only do these organisations have rich AgWomen stories, they believe in our values and what we’re trying to achieve so wanted them to feel as though they are part of a bigger journey. This is another way they can support women and give them the confidence to excel, so that’s why we reached out to them for support through a PledgeMe campaign.

What do you have planned for the rest of the campaign?

We are starting to pull together the coffee table book from around June, ready for release in March 2018. There is a plan to get some more dynamic content produced to showcase some of the AgWomen stories, but is funds dependent. Ultimately though, MORE INSPIRING STORIES 🙂

Anything you want to shout out to your crowd?

A huge thank you to those who have already supported us, from pledging, through to wider communications to their networks, to those who’ve given names and stories for us to share. Without our crowd we couldn’t possibly deliver inspiration to the women of the world who are involved and want to be involved in the Primary Industry. We would merely be a name with no content. 

Our team thanks you for allowing us to share your success – you all inspire us every day!

To support AgWomen and help them keep on sharing success, pledge to their campaign right here.

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Running on Sunshine

Pakaraka Permaculture are passionate about growing real food for their community. They believe that the future of food is in small-scale local production – and they want to be a market garden of the future. But in order to get there, they need your help!

While the garden is already operating sustainably, the team want to reduce their ecological footprint even further, and get their gardens running just on sunshine. This means they need to purchase a solar power system, run a cool room, and deliver produce with an electric car. All of these steps cost money, which is why they’re reaching out to their crowd – and offering everything from sun salutations to strawberry runners in return! We had a chat to gardeners Yotam and Niva about why you should be getting on board:

Why do you think this campaign is so important?

Everyone eats, so they way our food is grown is everyone’s business. We felt that Running on Sunshine is a great model for what is possible and achievable. If we work together as a community on sustainable solutions we can change the future of food production.

What motivated you to reach out to your crowd?

Crowdfunding allows us to engage with people, involve them in how we grow the food, and allow them to contribute by helping us become even more sustainable.

What do you have planned for the rest of your campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

We have very cool rewards giveaways donated to us that we will release when we reach special milestones, so stay tuned! We will be hosting a farm tour on the 16th of April, which is a great opportunity to come and ask any questions you might have about the campaign. Registration is by email.

Anything you’d like to shout out to your crowd?

We are so blown away by the response to the campaign!! We think the world is ready for a food production revolution, and we are blessed to take part of it with all of you.

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A Slick New Website for the Zero Carbon Act!

The world is getting hotter. And in a global climate where world leaders are turning away from the climate change challenge, New Zealand needs to lead the way in reducing emissions. We need a new law to put NZ on track to zero carbon by 2050: a Zero Carbon Act.

This is the goal of Generation Zero, a nationwide organisation of young people who advocate for a future beyond fossil fuels. The Zero Carbon Act campaign is their biggest, boldest national effort yet – but they need your help to get it out to the public.

With your pledges, Generation Zero can build a new website for the Zero Carbon Act, and ensure that it has a public mandate for cross party support. We had a chat to Gen Zero member Rosalee about why you should be getting on board.

Why do you think this campaign is important?

Because climate change is such a big challenge! We need to reduce our CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050starting right now, which means we need to see all political parties working together. We were inspired by the UK Climate Change Act, and have taken it upon ourselves to draft a Zero Carbon Act for New Zealand – the solution we need for meaningful action on climate change. The ZCA is a framework that demands transparency, cooperation from all political parties, and intergenerational fairness through long term planning and action. We’re releasing the blueprint via a brand new website very soon!

What motivated you to reach out to your crowd?

We need an awesome website that can serve as the main communication tool as we spread the word about the Zero Carbon Act. We’re paying professional web developers BlueTwist (look them up – they’re awesome) to create it for us, but because we want it to be super slick and a wee bit fancy, we needed some extra cash to pay for it!

What do you have planned for the rest of your campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

We’ll keep the video updates coming, and we’re looking forward to making a video shoutout for everyone who chose the social media shout out reward. In terms of the wider campaign, after we unveil the Zero Carbon Act blueprint, we’ll be doing everything we can to get the word out there and build momentum for cross-party support – perhaps even a nationwide bike tour! So stay tuned for that!

Anything you want to shout out to your crowd?

Thanks so much for getting us this close to our goal! You all rock and we couldn’t do this without your support – just a little bit further to go. As well as sharing our PledgeMe page, you can also check out ways to get involved and stay in the loop with the wider ZCA campaign at www.generationzero.org/zca

To get involved and help get our emissions down to zero, check out Generation Zero’s campaign page right here.

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Dash Rail – Canterbury Commuter Trains

Finding commuting into Christchurch impossible? Having a tricky time travelling around Canterbury? Dash Rail wants to end all of this, with the first community-owned commuter rail operation in the country. And they want you to help them get there.

Dash Rail is noticeable right off the bat, because its campaign target is huge – $1.8 million, to be precise. But for the team behind the project, they have high goals because those are the ones worth reaching for. The Dash Rail team aren’t doing this by halves – they already have plans drawn up for routes, services and timetables. All they need now is the money to get this plan on track.

We had a chat to Tane, who’s behind the project, to hear more about his ambitious plans.

Why do you think this campaign is important?

The stresses of a daily commute in a car during peak hour are unneccessary. And Cantabrians are stressed. The suicide rate has doubled. When I left for Melbourne the city was vibrant and happy, when I arrived home is was dismal to say the very least.  The experience of living overseas gave me a better appreciation for public rail and the difference between commuting with stress and commuting with social media instead and relaxing. Which is a net loss of 10 hours (ish) stress a week.

What motivated you to reach out to your crowd?

The motivation to reach out is multifaceted.  As the generations are changing and the youth are more well travelled than their predecessors, I’m continually bumping into people that have used trains overseas while on OE’s and have wondered why they aren’t being used in Christchurch as everything is built next to the railway lines!!! They need a voice.  And as the rollingstock for such a service is available in Auckland and so cheaply. This has become a race between us (Cantabrians) and Mozambique.

Anything you’d like to shout out to your crowd?

We’ll keep getting out there and spreading the message. Thank you all for the great support so far and please keep sharing and spreading the good word.

To help this campaign keep chugging along, head over and pledge right here.

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Double the Quota

In June 2013, the team behind Doing Our Bit launched a campaign to double NZ’s quota of refugees – a number that hasn’t increased in 29 years. While the campaign has gained an amazing amount of support, this September is the last chance before 2019 to pressure the government to substantially increase the quota. Doing Our Bit are determined to make it happen – but they need your help!

Doing Our Bit launched their PledgeMe project so that people who are too busy with work or other causes can still contribute to the #DoubleTheQuota campaign. And within a day, the campaign reached its funding goal! But there’s still time for you to pledge – so we had a chat to organiser Murdoch Stephens to find out why you should be getting involved.

Why do you think this campaign is important?

In a time of Trump New Zealand needs to take a strong stand on the values that we hold dear. This campaign is about resourcing our supporters to tell all election candidates that refugees are welcome in New Zealand, and that we wont become meek in the face of tyrants. We’ve been campaigning to double the refugee quota or almost four years. On a practical note, the campaign represents the last chance before mid 2019 to pressure the government to increase the refugee quota. It really is now or never.

At the most transactional level, increasing the refugee quota is important to me because refugees have already provided so much benefit to New Zealand. The history of refugees in New Zealand has been one of innovation, struggle, and success. If not for us taking small numbers of refugees – and we’ve never been a world leader, and won’t even if we double the quota – we’d never have the same coffee culture, developed by former refugees from Central Europe, nor would we have that much-loved recipe for Vogels bread, which was bought here by a former refugee.

At the broadest level, a fair refugee intake is about the universal application of human rights; it’s about whether if you’re fleeing violence or persecution you have the right to have your case for protection heard, or whether you want to build walls and push people back to misery and death. The quota is particularly important as it provides a way out for the most vulnerable, people who are trapped in neighbouring countries where they risk arrest and are mostly prevented from doing the simple things in life like going to school or working.

What motivated you to reach out to your crowd?

Two things: we wanted to connect to the massive range of people in New Zealand looking for a tried and tested way of assisting refugees. PledgeMe allows us to see connect to those willing to engage in the campaign, whether that’s helping out with $10 or $1500 or even just signing up to help (there is a form on the page). The funding from those who sign up and pledge will give us a base of resources to push towards the 2017 general election. So we’re really using PledgeMe as a platform to connect with our supporters as much as to fund the campaigning over the next six months.

We’ve never asked for funds before because we mostly used volunteer time and were lucky enough to have some private sponsors last year after the peak of the refugee crisis in the media. This year we weren’t able to get those funds but were desperate to make sure the campaign was done to the standard we’ve met in the past. While volunteer time is still our main resource, a few thousand dollars can be stretched really far for grassroots charitable trusts like Doing Our Bit.

What do you have planned for the rest of the campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

On the final day of the campaign we’re hosting a telethon style party at 17 Tory St in Wellington from 7-10pm counting down to the closing of the PledgeMe page. We’ve got Wellington’s Mayor Justin Lester opening it up with Ibrahim Omer, music from Ruth Mundy, and readings from Emily Writes, Brannavan Gnanalingam and Marianne Elliott and more. We’ll be livestreaming it via our Facebook page for everyone unable to make it.

Anything you want to shout out to your crowd?

Massive thanks to those who pledged in the first 24 hours. We reached out first goal in that time and we’re so very grateful to all those people who made that happen. Now we need to push on to our stretch goals to make for a really powerful campaign. All our budget details are on the page and you can rest assure that we’re making the funds stretch as far as possible. It’s also worth remembering that what will really take this campaign over the line are volunteers – if you can pledge, great; if you can’t, then still sign up to help – we’ll need all of the voices we can get.

To help double the quota and do your bit, get pledging to Murdoch’s campaign page right here.

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The Ōtakarō Orchard Project

Since the earthquakes shook the city apart, the local food resilience movement in Christchurch has been gathering momentum. In the event of supply chains becoming disrupted, supermarkets carry only three days worth of food – so community gardens become more important than ever. And in a time when up to 40% of Cantabrians struggle to have access to the food they need, community gardens become a necessity.

Enter the Ōtakarō Orchard Project.

The project has three parts: an edible park, a local food information centre and cafe, and a dome to serve as an indoor food production and education space. The team behind Ōtakarō Orchard want to create New Zealand’s first urban food hub – an oasis in the city producing tonnes of food each year for their community. But they need your help to do it!

Since 2015 the project has received over $300,000 in public donations and grant funding, but they need an extra $60k to get the first stage of the landscaping done. In return, they’re offering everything from a vegetable bouquet to a tree named after you! But in case you wanted to find out a little more before you got pledging, we got in touch with Chloe, the project coordinator:

How are you finding the campaign so far?

love being able to share this project I’m so passionate about with our community so that’s been a joyous process! We’ve had a really great reception so far with lots of people excited about the project and members of the business community coming on board to offer more rewards and in-kind support for the construction of the park. So although our rate of pledges will need to pick up in the coming weeks, we’re feeling really optimistic we’ll reach target.

What do you have planned for the rest of your campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

We’ll be releasing more exciting rewards and also video clips of people from Christchurch and beyond telling us why they’re excited about the Orchard. Then I think we’ll also have a great wrap party!

Anything you want to shout out to your crowd?

The thing that’s going to make this campaign a success is if we can reach the people who want to take the higher rewards – naming planters ($5000), trees ($1000) and bricks ($250). This is important for meeting our funding goal, but also in the park feeling community-owned once it is built. We want as many names on it as possible! So if you know a person, group or business that might like to make a donation at this level then please phone or write to them to tell them about this opportunity! Many thanks in advance.

To find out more about the Ōtakarō Orchard Project and get a tree named after you, check out their campaign page right here!

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Bikes Welcome

Jan 25

Are you a shop looking to attract a new crew of customers? Or a cyclist just looking for somewhere safe to store your cycle? Well, businesses and bike-lovers alike should be paying attention to the grand plans of Bikes Welcome.

Bikes Welcome is a charitable trust focused on making businesses more bike-friendly, because regular bike use is great for people, health, business, communities and the environment. They want to help businesses recognise and value their cycling customers, and help councils, bike-users and businesses connect and work together to create change. The first step? Better bike parking.

They’ve already received some grant funding, but they’re turning to their crowd now to help roll out their plans all across NZ. If they hit their target, then they can design, print, and post window stickers out to Bikes Welcome businesses, to signal to cyclists which shops are on their side. The more money they raise, the more great, cycle-friendly things they can achieve. And what’s more, they have some fantastic rewards on offer – everything from Thunderpants to Pic’s Peanut Butter!

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We wanted to find out more about why you should be getting in gear with Bikes Welcome, so we had a chat with team member Jo:

How are you finding the campaign so far?

This is day one, so nerve wracking would be one answer!  Others answers would include: inspiring (thanks awesome people), exhausting (yes, there is a lot of work involved, and why did I decide to do this in the school holidays? it just confirms that I’m kind of nuts).  It has also been stretching (taking me outside my comfort zone) and stimulating (learning new things and meeting new people).  But I’ll go back to nerve wracking because this is a big huge leap of faith, faith that there are enough people out there who believe in what Bikes Welcome want to achieve, faith that we can connect with them and inspire them to be part of it.  Yep, in the words of the late George Michael, ‘you gotta have faith’.  Faith…… and a wonder-woman costume.

What do you have planned for the rest of the campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

I’d like to summon up creative genius and add a cool reward for bike users who want something that makes the statement ‘yes, I bike’.  Not sure what it will be yet…. all suggestions are most welcome!  And it is just possible I’ll drag out the wonder woman costume again if I need to shake things up.  Maybe I can get people to pledge for me NOT to wear it?  And I’d like the #yesIbike tag to take off, so look out for your chance to have a play with that.

Anything you’d like to shout out to your crowd?

Thank you!  Thanks awesome people for helping spread the word and supporting Bike Welcome, for your faith, ideas and feedback, positive words and wisdom.  And thanks to my understanding kids and husband for all their support.  And in the words of Dr Seus’s Lorax “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  So keep on being the change you want to see in this world.

To find out more about Bikes Welcome and act on the words of the Lorax, take a look at their campaign right here.

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Women Who Get Shit Done

dec-14

It’s hard to fund an event with “shit” in the name. But that’s not about to stop this crew.

In June of this year, the first “Women Who Get Shit Done” unconference was held in Wellington. Women of all backgrounds from all over the country came together to talk about all the shit they had to deal with, and all the shit they wanted to get done. They made connections, they formed an agenda, they were inspired and inspired others. And now they want to do it all again down in Christchurch – but they need your help.

This time around, the team behind WWGSD want to make sure that those who can’t afford the (already very low) conference fee aren’t precluded from attending. They don’t want the ability to pay to determine who gets to be in the room – but that means they need to set up scholarships in order to subsidise the conference fees. That’s where you guys come in.

In return for your support, they’re offering everything from kids’ coding classes to a six-pack of poo emoji cupcakes! And of course, you also get the awesome feeling of knowing you’ve helped some awesome ladies keep kicking ass. (Full disclosure: our very own Chief Bubble Blower Anna was a founding member of this unconference, so we’re a little biased – but we think that speaks to how rad this group of women are!)

To hear a bit more about why you should be pledging, we talked to Catarina, one of the women getting shit done in question:

How are you finding the campaign so far?

Humbling to see how many people really give a shit and are willing to put their money where their potty mouth is. We feel uber loved down here in CHCH!

What do you have planned for the rest of the campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

We’d love to share stories of the past events to showcase what awesome returns and results have come out of women getting shit done. And hopefully more poop-shaped rewards (notice I didn’t say shitty rewards)!

Anything you want to shout out to your crowd?

Shout out to the awesome men for putting up some cash too! It’s not an us vs. them thing and you get that. We’re all in this together to create a safe space for people who identify as women to create and learn from each other. We promise to make this event as accessible and diverse as possible with your help!

If you’re willing to put your money where your potty mouth is, and don’t mind supporting an event with shit in the name, head on over to WWGSD’s campaign page here.

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The Taco Cleanse!

nov-16

Imagine it: a world without prejudice. A world where coeliacs, vegans, vegetarians and omnivores can all eat together in harmony. A world where the food they’re eating looks after the planet and the people making it, while still tasting really, really, good. That is the world that the team behind Boquita are creating – and they’re bringing it to central Wellington!

Boquita is brought to you by the team behind La Boca Loca, some of our favourite alumni. They’ve been feeding the fine people of Miramar with top-rate tacos for years, but now they’re ready to branch out and bring the taco goodness to all Wellingtonians.

But they’re not just asking for your money. They’re offering something wonderful in return: The Taco Cleanse. Scientists in Austin, Texas, have confirmed that a taco-centric diet is beneficial to well being – and who are we to argue with science?? So by pledging to Boquita, you can partake in the taco cleanse – replacing as many meals as you like with tortilla-based goodness. We’re yet to find a better path to a bikini body. But if you’re not 100% sure if the taco cleanse is right for you, the team at Boquita have put together some helpful questions:

  1. Do you experience recurring feelings of hunger on a daily basis?
  2. Do you experience a range of emotions?
  3. Do you like food?
  4. Do you enjoy eating your food with your hands?

If you answered yes to all of these, a taco cleanse may be right for you. But if you’re still on the fence for some reason, we had a chat to the taco team themselves to find a few more reasons why you should be pledging:

1. How are you finding the campaign so far?

Lots of fun! One of the things I love the most about crowd-funding is the incredible boost we get from having our community get behind what we are doing, even we’re doing things that are a bit out there – like launching Wellington’s first Taco Cleanse and opening New Zealand’s first 100% plant-based taco joint. We have an incredibly supportive, generous community of customers and friends at La Boca Loca, and we’re thrilled to find out that they’re as excited as we are about Boquita.

This isn’t our first campaign with PledgeMe and what we’ve learned is that these campaigns are so much more than a way to raise money. They’re about building a community of support around an idea, and giving everyone who wants it the chance to be a part of making something new happen.

Having people in our community put their money behind our ideas and plans is a huge boost in morale, and in the past we’ve also found that those people went on to be great champions for our projects once they launched.

We hope that will happen with the Taco Cleanse and Boquita as well.

2. What do you have planned for the rest of the campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

Yup! We have some new rewards which will be added in the days to come, and we have a live event planned for next week – a chance for Wellington to learn more about the science behind the taco cleanse! More on that soon.

3. Anything you’d like to shout out to your crowd?

Just a massive thanks for being awesome! And remember that taco cleanses are more fun in a crowd. So if you’ve already pledged to take the Taco Cleanse challenge, make sure you get your friends to pledge too!

To find out more about Boquita and start your cleanse, take a look at their campaign page right here.