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Councillor calls on Wellingtonians to back and buy new mag

23 November 2017

Councillor calls on Wellingtonians to back and buy new ‘street’ mag

On 1 December, Regenerate Magazine – which will support people struggling with homelessness and poverty - will launch on the streets of Wellington.

And Councillor Brian Dawson, Wellington City Council’s Social Development Portfolio Leader, is urging Wellingtonians to support the magazine and the people selling it by buying a copy each time it hits the streets.

“Anyone who’s been in London in recent decades will probably be familiar with The Big Issue – a regular magazine that’s sold by people sleeping rough in the streets.

“Regenerate is something along the same lines – it’ll be produced by some of our most talented writers and designers and it’ll be sold by people who could do with our support.

“Every initiative that aims to help people who’ve fallen on hard times is something that I support – and so I hope Wellingtonians will buy the magazine too.”

Regenerate will be officially launched at a function this Sunday 26 November.

Regenerate Magazine Director Simon Dodd says it’s an initiative that’s been needed in the capital for some time. “There seem to be increasing numbers of people sleeping rough around Wellington and we wanted to give them an opportunity to earn a living. It’s a pragmatic response to a very complex issue.”

Vendors will purchase copies of the monthly magazine and on-sell them to the public.

“We’re hoping that locals will show their support by buying an issue each month. It’s a great way to support those less fortunate but it will also be a great read.”

The launch party is a family-friendly event and all are welcome. There will be music from Wellington singer/songwriter St. Bartholomew (who's featured in the first issue) and Harris, who will be showcasing some tracks from his forthcoming LP Bed Bugs.

Date: Sunday 26 November, 3pm-5pm, The Grand, 69 Courtenay Place
Family friendly, free food, live entertainment


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