Teenager organises fair trade festival and sets record for dancing with bananas
Christine Zhang has always been interested in food and social justice, so she took the initiative to raise awareness of fair trade, which she says combines the two.
In celebration of World Fair Trade Day on May 13, Zhang organised a fair trade festival, including music and stalls at Auckland's Albert Park.
The day culminated in an attempt to set a world record for the number of people dancing with bananas. It was set with 165 dancers holding bananas supplied by All Good Bananas.
The student at Kristin School, on Auckland's North Shore, initially started the project because, while she was part of her school's fair trade committee, she wanted to do something in the wider community.
"Fair trade aligns with my own values of equal treatment and justice," Zhang said.
The Dairy Flat resident enlisted the help of a teacher, Sarah Wakeford, when she realised the scale of the task.
More than 500 people attended the event over three hours. It was supported by Trade Aid and Fairtrade Australia New Zealand.
Zhang hoped that next year, when she's at university, she can join the fair trade club there and run the festival again.
"Hopefully I'll be able to get more vendors. I've created the foundations, all the connection have been made, we just need to expand on what we've got."
Kristin School is a fair trade school meaning at least two fair trade products are used in the school.
The school also teaches fair trade in parts of its curriculum