We employ six team members to manage our operations:
Julia is the founder and co-ordinator of the Common Unity Project Aotearoa. Julia is the clever person who develops and grows all our community activities - gardening, sewing, bikes, knitting, bees - the list goes on.
Julia’s work has been recognised with awards including a 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Medal, and a Sustainability Champion Award in the 2014 Sustainable Business Network Awards.
Previously Julia developed a neighbourhood network at Great Start Taita, working with families, growing food and teaching cooking, for which she was recognised as New Zealand Gardener magazine’s 2011 Wellington Gardener of the Year.
Originally from Christchurch, Julia has lived and gardened in Lower Hutt since 1995.
Koha Kitchen Manager
Dar manages our weekly Koha Kitchen session, at which she oversees, demonstrates and teaches the cooking of meals to produce school lunches for three days.
She is a local mum of three boys, two of whom currently attend Epuni Primary School.
Rose keeps the Unity admin world ship shape and humming like the super efficient bee that she is.
When she's not running our place here, she's playing taxi driver to her three children for all their sports practises and training to complete the IronMaori event (half Ironman) in December 2016.
Every organisation needs a Rose!
Beeple Project Pollinator
Miranda coordinates the communications and day to day running of Beeple.
Miranda is passionate about supporting NZs struggling honeybees. She is fascinated by what these tiny, busy, intention-fuelled creatures can teach us about cooperation and sharing.
Miranda hopes to learn new ways of pollinating a similar compulsion in humans.
Khaled Al Jouja
Our Gardening Guy
We employ Khaled to give us an extra set hands for the tough jobs in our garden.
Khaled and his family are Syrian refugees, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge from having a farm back home in Syria.
We are delighted to have him as part of our team and help settle him and his family here in Aotearoa.
When not gardening for us, you can find Khaled digging up is his back yard and planting roses and fruit trees.
Head Bee Daddy
Vic has been learning the art of bee keeping from our lovely friend Al. He's taken on the challenge of being our Head Bee Daddy for our Beeple Honey Collective.
Vic is a local dad to four children, two of whom currently attend Epuni Primary School.
Vic makes the world a sweeter place.
The Common Unity Project Aotearoa is proud to be Lower Hutt's first accredited living wage employer.
The Common Unity Project Aotearoa is supported by an active Board of Trustees with diverse backgrounds and skills, who all volunteer their time to deliver better outcomes for our children and community:
- Glenda Swan, Chairperson
- Mei Ling Sim, Treasurer
- Carolyn Watts
- Rob Hegarty
- Julia Milne
- Mary-Jane Rivers
- Brittany Peck