Nelson - Tasman     WhakatÅ«

Check out these "90 second" potraits of two 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.

Verena Maeder - Earth Building Artisan

Verena trained in NZ, Switzerland and Germany after after studying architecture and building biology and has over 19 years experience in the profession. She emigrated to NZ in 2002 and took on an existing business that manufactures mudbricks. Today her business offers construction, training and restoration work.


Verena is also the proud mother of Raven and Manuka. She built her own adobe home and is currently the chairperson of the Earthbuilding Association NZ.

You can contact Verena through her website at or by calling her directly on 03-545-0240.

Charlotte Squire - Positive Newsmaker

Charlotte set up Happyzine nearly four years ago just after she had her son Kahu. Happyzine is a good news website focussing upon positive environmental and social change. The website also runs challenges and competitions that enable people to realise their green dreams.


You can find out more by visiting yourself or by calling Charlotte on 03-525-7455.

The 2011 ReGeneration Roadtrip got off to a great start in Nelson and Tasman. A huge thanks to our wonderful hosts at the Braemar Ecovillage, the backpackers we stayed at and the beautiful Riverside Community

Iain Frengley from and Lani Evans had the immense privilege of interviewing a couple of wonderful women – Verena Maeder from SolidEarth and Charlotte Squire from positive news journal Happyzine.

We all had many amazing conversations throughout the week with people from the Victory Community, the Nelson-Tasman Community Housing Trust, the New Hub, Q-Youth and heaps more. A real highlight was catching up with Andy Booth from SolarCity. Our short film about him will be available in a month or so, but in the meantime, check out his current work

Our crew also had the pleasure of staying with two intentional communities – the Braemar Ecovillage in Nelson and the Riverside Community just outside of Motueka. It’s inspiring to see people living out their ideals and taking on board concepts of peace, equality and community.

We’re already launching into week two of the ReGeneration Roadtrip on the stunning West Coast before passing through Wanaka and Te Anau on our way South. Please check out the region near you for events and updates. We'd love to see you when we come through your place!


Aotearoa Mural - Nelson

Nelson Mural 2011
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