Show­ing the hu­man side of Nel­son life

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A na­tional sto­ry­telling ini­tia­tive has hit Nel­son and a small but pas­sion­ate group of lo­cal vol­un­teers are driv­ing it.

Humans of Nel­son is part of the na­tion-wide project, Humans of Aotearoa whose vi­sion is to share the sto­ries of ev­ery­day New Zealan­ders.

It is an idea based on the suc­cess of Humans of South Auck­land, a project which was led by pho­tog­ra­pher and sto­ry­teller (and new Nel­so­nian), Jas­mine Jenke.

In 2014, Jenke and her team be­gan shar­ing South Auck­land sto­ries on the Humans of South Auck­land Of­fi­cial Face­book page.

The project grew rapidly and saw the sto­ries be­ing pub­lished in the lo­cal com­mu­nity pa­per and book, Real, Raw and Re­lat­able which was pub­lished in 2016.

‘‘HOA [Humans of Aotearoa] is an op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­ni­ties na­tion­wide to ben­e­fit from the power of sto­ry­telling’’, says Jenke.

‘‘Our vi­sion is to con­nect, en­gage and em­power com­mu­ni­ties’’.

To­gether with her col­league, Roxanne Leech, they aim to equip com­mu­ni­ties with the tools to de­velop their own ‘Humans of’ project.

The project has been pi­loted in Kaitaia and Christchurch and is now in Nel­son, where Jenke will be a mem­ber of the lo­cal team.

If you’re in­ter­ested in in­ter­view­ing and writ­ing short sto­ries for Humans of Nel­son, con­tact hoa.kiaora@gmail.com Humans of Aotearoa.

Her dream is to con­nect ev­ery­day New Zealan­der through the power of so­cial me­dia and dig­i­tal, in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays.

She hopes to do this with the help of lo­cal vol­un­teers and the ev­ery­day New Zealan­ders open­ing up and shar­ing their story.

Jas­mine Jenke

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