Nelson, A step away from Becoming a fair trade city
The Fair Trade Nelson group is just a small step away from achieving their goal of having the city of Nelson become New Zealand’s fourth Fair Trade City. Fair Trade Nelson, led by steering committee members, John Marshall and Rebecca Sheehly, had a meeting with Nelson Council last Thursday to seek the council backing for their Fair Trade endeavour. So far, the group has met the Fair Trade Association’s requirements of establishing a steering committee, getting 10 workplaces and organisations to support Fair Trade, having 10 Fair Trade options at retail outlets, organising events, and getting media coverage. All that is left to do before receiving accreditation as a Fair Trade City is for the council of Nelson to pass a resolution to support the movement and for the council to begin supplying Fair Trade tea and coffee in the council offices. As Fair Trade City status is recognised internationally, Nelson’s tourism industry will benefit, as will local coffee roasters, and retailers. On a larger scale, by becoming a Fair Trade City, Nelson will be helping to combat inequality and poverty around the globe.
Fair Trade Nelson has campaigned diligently in pursuit of creating a Fair Trade city. To date, Fair Trade Nelson has 200 newspaper subscribers, 40 volunteers, and 750 signatures in support of working towards Fair Trade status. The Fair Trade Nelson group has successfully lobbied for support from local businesses. A number of local businesses contributed to a fundraising raffle and one local business hosted a talk about Fair Trade. If Fair Trade Nelson have been successful in their bid to receive support from the local council, it is expected that Nelson will become an officially recognised Fair Trade City within a year.