Supporting your local community means more than just....
Making things for your family,
or buying everything you can second hand.
Or using thrifted materials for your projects,
or even buying everything you can at the local farmers market.
As lots of you know, we live in Christchurch,
city of 11,000+ earthquakes,
a city which is still being demolished nearly three years after the first earthquake.
We have been learning the hard way about what happens when locals
miss out on work and people from overseas get opportunities
that should by rights go to locals.
It's hard and it's not just.
I'm pretty sure I'm never going to forget what this feels like.
I've become more and more aware as years go by about the real value of work,
that is why I try to always support a person who makes things locally
with their own two hands.
But I've never experienced before the injustice of people coming in and taking your livelihood.
These people are themselves being exploited, that's the hard part,
they are working too many hours, too many days a week,
and not being paid fairly because they are desperate.
Buying New Zealand made sounds great,
but it goes even further, it is about supporting your local economy.
I don't believe it is helpful for the EQC $$$ to be sent back to the Philippines
or to Russia. And I don't believe it is helpful for those families either
to be exploited in this way.
Buying New Zealand made is about the Government making sure that
as much work as possible is done by people who have roots in this country,
who have spent their whole lives trying to build an ethical business.
There will be opportunities for others for sure,
but I don't believe that a rebuild based on exploiting the poor from other countries
is the kind of rebuild that will build a city that will last.