Southland     Murihiku

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.

Vaughn Filmer - Te Anau

Vaughn is a second year teacher in his first teaching job at Fiordland College in Te Anau. He looks after all things 'environmental/sustainable' at the schools including Enviroschools, Level 2 EcoVenture (Ets) Course, Kids Restore the Kepler, and the ReGen - enviro group. Vaughn's passion is being outdoors: tramping, climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking and he recently learned to roll a kayak.


Vaughn is excited to share this passion with his wife and first child (due in July)! He loves living on the doorstep of the awesome Fiordland National Park and in the amazing community of Te Anau.

You contact Vaughn and learn more about Fiorldland College by visiting their website at

Alison Broad - Invercargill

Alison is the chairperson of the Murihiku Young Parents Learning Centre which opened as a teen parent unit in January 2011 after many years of community advocacy. It offers teen parents an oppourtunity to continue their secondary education with their children, cared for in an adjacent early childhood education centre.


You can learn more about Alison by visiting the Inspiring Communities website at

Our journey to Southland took us through Wanaka where we had a great day running a Youth Jam with a super crew of young people from Wakatipu and Mt Aspiring High Schools. After a delicious meal put on for us by some of the locals we had another of our '8x8' community nights. As well as presentations from members of the ReGeneration crew there were great short talks from Simon Willams from Wanaka Wastebusters, Prue Kane from the Longview Trust and James Shaw from Future Considerations.

From Wanaka we drove through to Te Anau and a great day with Vaughn Filmer and the students at Fiordland College. Great to see the crew from Summer Jam again and find out about the Kelper Track restoration project that the young people in Te Anau are working on. After an afternoon with the school leaders from Aparima High School in Riverton we linked up in Invercargill for a great little 'ReGeneration World Cafe' hosted by Venture Southland. Wednesday finished off with a Film Night at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. A big thank you to everyone who came along to support these workshops and events.

Thursday we were back in Riverton for an afternoon visit with the inspirational Robyn and Robert Guyton. After a look around the South Coast Environment Centre we all went up to their home and explored thier food forest garden.

The highlight of our time in Southland had to be the three days we spent at the ReGeneration Southland Jam Takutai O Te Titi marae in beautiful Colac Bay. Thanks to everyone who participated in this great little event. Special thanks to Tina McColgan and the awesome women from the Southern branch of the Māori Womens Welfare Group the fantastic food and support.


Guyton Homestead - Riverton

The Guyton House Riverton
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