Nelson sustainability festival plan ‘first for New Zealand’

Participants enjoy the Alternatiba festival in Bayonne, France.

Proponents of a proposed Nelson Region Sustainability Festival say it will be a first for New Zealand.

Alice Robin, Guy Redmond and Indigo Levett gave a presentation on the proposal to Tasman district councillors last week and asked for support.

Robin said the proposed top of the south event would be based on the popular Alternatiba festivals in Europe.

The plan was to hold an open-air festival in Nelson CBD during April 2018 with “streets and squares full of people sharing knowledge and expertise on making our region a more sustainable, resilient place to live”, Robin said.

There would be stalls, hands-on workshops, debates, competitions, street entertainment, food and drink “bringing people together in a way that’s not been done before”.

Redmond said Nelson CBD would be transformed into “thematic zones”, organised by areas of interest. Proposed areas of interest included energy, housing, health and wellbeing.

“Each zone will have its own mix of activities,” Redmond said. “This event offers a catalyst that will activate people and inspire them help create a future they want to live in.”

Levett said the organisers would consult and collaborate with businesses, organisations, iwi and individuals. 

The Nelson region had a reputation for being environmentally orientated but “there’s nothing to showcase what’s going on here”, she said.

Redmond said the…

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