Interview - Okere Falls Store

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CAFÉ NAME: Okere Falls Store

LOCATION: 575a SH Okere Falls, Rotorua.


Sum up your café in 5 words….Caring for our community & environment.

What living person do you most admire and why? Anybody that walks the talk and can communicate passionately, clearly and persuasively about what they really care about.

What is your favorite quote? “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi.

What people say about our straws? People love the straws, especially when they understand why we use paper straws - it’s awesome, it forces people to think.

What is your proudest moment? My proudest moments are watching my kids grow up and achieve their goals.

What is your biggest work-related challenge? Minimizing our impact on the environment, especially the use of soft plastic. Everything comes in plastic and we are desperately trying ways to reduce this.

When are you happiest? I am happiest when I am in the outdoors; running, paddling, at the beach.

Why should other cafes / people make the swap to paper straws? We cannot go on producing and using single use plastic the way we do today, plastic pollution is everywhere you go and it doesn’t go away. We need to make sure that people understand that plastic straws are not acceptable and recycling is not an effective solution.

What keeps you awake at night? Economic growth that just lines the pocket of wealthy people and disregards the well-being of our community and environment.

What will you do when you retire? I would like to go and live somewhere remote and be self-sufficient; grow my own vegies and look after my chickens.

What impact has swapping the straws made on your business? It just helps highlight who we are and how important looking after the environment is to us.


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