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Chloe

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Chloe

Chloe is young, idealistic, genuine and ambitious. A visionary politician and entrepreneur; she ran for Auckland Mayor, joined the New Zealand Green Party and opened a donut shop, all within the last year. We meet Chloe in the suburban oasis next to her cafe and gallery, Olly, to discuss her policies and the future of New Zealand. Story photographed by Greta Van Der Star. Who or what inspires you? He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is...

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Micheal

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Micheal

Micheal McCabe is an architecture graduate creating furniture, installations and public art work. For his thesis, Micheal explored the relationship between queer identity, nightclubs and politics of homonormativity. We meet Micheal in his workroom to discuss sustainability in the built environment and queer identities in architecture. Story photographed by Greta Van Der Star. How would you describe your design style? Something I say to my students is "make sure you are having fun designing", for me that is about being playful and doing things that aren't very architecturally traditional. For me this always gets expressed in a deep fascination with...

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Courtney

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Courtney

Challenging feminism and fashion are at the heart of Courtney Sanders's life. She is Editor in Chief at Catalogue, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary feminism, and co-founded Well Made Clothes, an online store dedicated to like-minded ethical and sustainable brands. Story photographed by Hannah Roche. What does feminism mean to you? The overthrow of patriarchal political and social structures in favour of gender equal political and social organisation. In lieu of that, and for starters, basic human rights, healthcare, and reproductive rights for women, worldwide, would be nice. What is your biggest focus within the movement toward gender equality?...

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Eleanor

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Eleanor

Eleanor Ozich is a bestselling author, lifestyle writer, and mother of three. Five years ago, she embarked on a journey to better her family lifestyle. We meet Eleanor in her home to talk slow life, wholefoods and sustainability. Story photographed by Greta Van Der Star. How do you fill your day? My days are made up of joyous little rituals. I believe the things you choose to do each and everyday are not only an indicator of the quality of your day to come, but the quality of your life. I usually wake with the sunrise, open the front door...

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Mel

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Mel

Melanie Stapleton, owner of Cecilia Fox floral studio and mother of two, starts her day at 3am. Renowned for blurring the boundaries between floral arrangements and sculptural art, Cecilia Fox is different from your local florist. Mel prefers her flowers grown without a lot of chemicals, and actively encourages sustainable practices within floristry. We meet Mel in her Melbourne based studio among a plethora of seasonal and locally grown blooms. Story photographed by Tasha Tylee. What is your talent? I’m really good at doing flowers but mostly I think I’m good at reading people and giving them what they really...

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