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Nelson Happyzine Talks brims with inspiring speakers

Submitted by on February 23, 2016 – 2:30 pm

happyzine talks poster-2What will a Nelson City Councilor, a rain forest guardian and a Victory Community changemaker have in common this March? They’ll be amongst ten locals sharing inspiring six minute stories about the positive difference they’re making for their community, at the Theatre Royal.


Golden Bay based positive news website owner Charlotte Squire is hosting Happyzine Talks, where speakers share their stories, each holding one prop.


Squire held her first Happyzine Talks last November in Golden Bay at the Mussel Inn. She said the event was a “sell out success” and she hopes the same thing will happen in Nelson.


“I think people will walk away from this event feeling optimistic about their future – socially and environmentally. We have some passionate people speaking, who are making an incredibly positive difference for the world.”


Squire calls a “solutions focused website”. She says she has no end of good news to share with her readers and posts fresh stories up daily. She has been running the site for eight years.


She says she thinks the time has come for people to “emerge from behind their screens and connect more.”


“I love the internet, but I don’t think anything can replace actual face to face contact. This is a way for people to actually lay eyes upon these people, to get a feel for their purpose and passion, and to maybe even get inspired.”


Squire says she hopes Nelson Happyzine Talks will be an annual event. She is hosting the talks in four to five other Kiwi cities around New Zealand this year, including Auckland and Dunedin, as well as on her home turf – the Mussel Inn.


Happyzine Talks is happening Saturday March 5th, Theatre Royal, 7pm. Entry $15.

Buy tickets online here:


Nelson Happyzine Talks speakers:


Sean Weaver – saving rain forests

Peter Verstappen – student-led learning at Wakefield School

Cara Christal – co-leading the Nelson Koha Shed

Ruth Copeland – maintaining authenticity as a Nelson City Councilor

Amy Kennedy – cleaning up the Matai River

Lolly Dadley-Moore – teaching body mindfulness to offset stress

Kindra Douglas – leading positive change in Victory Community

Jettie Skerten – linking volunteers with refugees, helping these newcomers make Nelson their new home.

Cindy Batt – building bridges between the pakeha and Maori communities

Joe Alison – Nayland College student mentoring Nelson youth and making a difference as an international volunteer.



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