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Continued from page 1. The bags, typically made at community sewing bees using recycled cloth, are supplied to supermarkets, where people are encouraged to take them home with their groceries in them, and bring them back in upon their next visit. Co-coordinator Sarah Child said the project has been wellbacked in Wellington. “We have been holding sewing bees at the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre, usually on a Wednesday, and we also ran some at the Aro Valley


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Community Centre over the weekends,” Sarah said. “We also have take-home bundles, which have worked really well because some people don’t have time to come in to the sewing bees.” Sarah said bags would be released to smaller supermarkets in July, with plans to go bigger in the following months. “We’re hoping to have 1,000 by July. So it’s just a starting point.” She sa id t he i n it iat ive achieves two things at once.

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Local meatworks Taylor Preston Limited seized the chance to expand their export, after trading between New Zealand and Iran was reopened after almost 20 years of sanctions. With up to 880 employees during the peak season, Taylor Preston is one of the largest employers in the region. Bruce Shelley, chief financial officer, said Taylor Preston had quadrupled in the last 26 years and had grown into a beautiful business. “We are selling about 1.3 million sheep and 50.000 cattle each year. New Zealand’s demand for prime meat is high, but we also export to about 50 countries around the world,” Bruce said. The meatworks has to meet halal standards when delivering meat to Iran and other Muslim countries. “Halal means we have to cut the animal’s throat. A Muslim butcher is present and speaks a

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prayer,” Bruce explained. “Last week we had Iranian vets here who observed our procedures. Just because Iran has been off the market for so long it doesn’t mean they have lowered their standards.” Employee Purua Solomon has been working at Taylor Preston for 16 years and manages the chillers on the killing floor. “I monitor everything all day and make sure the right products end up in the right chiller,” Purua said. His day starts at 4am. He processes up to 3000 lambs plus up to 250 cattle a day. Purua manages a team of 32. “Every day is a challenge. I work with some genuine guys. Some of the young people are brought up in cotton wool and need some babysitting,” Purua explained. Bruce said that they would sometimes have several generations from a family working for Taylor Preston. “We have really good people working here. I started off

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working at the meatworks wasn’t the blood, Bruce explained. “Most people actually don’t like the cold.”

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cleaning the chillers where I met Purua. It’s like we’re one big family here,” Bruce said. The hardest part for people



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places, with more coming in at the beginning of July as well. Sarah said coordinators are also seeking volunteers, and that there are many roles available for people who are willing to help. “They don’t have to be efficient sewers. We even teach sewing skills.”

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“We aim to eliminate plastic bags, however textile waste is also a massive issue.” The project is currently being funded by the Ministry of Environment for Waste Management. However coordinators also rely on the Bought to Support bags, a line of pre-made bags designed to raise money for the adjacent Boomerang Bags. Bought to Support bags cost $10, with most of the proceeds going towards thread and scissors. They are available in a few

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