Fair Trade Milestone in Otago, New Zealand
Dunedin, 1 December – Free Fair Trade chocolate birthday cake will be handed out at the Otago Farmers’ Market this weekend as Dunedin celebrates one year since it became the nation’s first Fair Trade City*.
The Dunedin Fair Trade Steering Committee’s cake giveaway will be one of a number of ways the “first birthday” will be marked. The Otago Farmers’ Market’s caravan will also be using Fair Trade ingredients for its cooking demonstrations, and chalk-ups will identify all the cafes in central Dunedin known to be offering Fair Trade alternatives. The birthday cake is to be made with Fair Trade ingredients supplied by supporting local businesses**.
The chairman of the Steering Committee Mr. Etienne Nel commented that “Choosing products that ensure a fair return to the workers in developing countries is a way of encouraging economic, social and environmental equity in our world.”
Otago Farmer’s Market General Manager John More said the event was also a wonderful opportunity for the city to consider what being a Fair Trade city meant for support of local producers and manufacturers. “Fair Trade and Farmers’ Markets have a lot in common. They’re both about people purchasing products that strengthen and enrich communities.”
* The city’s status was formalised on 4th December 2009, following a resolution by the City Council and the presence in the city of a significant number of work places, schools and faith groups which have opted to purchase Fair Trade products.
** Taste Nature, Trade Aid, All Good Organics, University of Otago Design Department