Photographer Rebekah Robinson joins some kindred spirits on an unusual night-time raid…
As a child, photographer Rebekah Robinson saw first-hand the reality of where meat comes from on her Poppa’s dry stock farm in Wellsford. So, at the age of eight, she became a vegetarian – and has been either vegan or vegetarian ever since. She’s spent her life championing environmental and animal rights causes, attending hundreds of protests and marches through the years.
“As a kid, long before internet petitions, I was letterwriting to companies and politicians about animal rights issues,” says Robinson, who’s an active member of SAFE and the New Zealand Anti-vivisection Society (NZAVS). “I also used to collect signatures on paper for NZAVS. Today, I sign heaps of online petitions and don’t buy any products that are tested on animals or are from any parent companies that test.”
Freelance photography takes Robinson all over Auckland, meeting interesting people and “sometimes their pets”. She couldn’t wait to shoot dumpster divers Tom and Janie for this month’s story on Dive N Dine, a fortnightly food rescue mission and vegan feast ( page 102). As a reformed dumpster diver herself, it complemented her personal values perfectly.
Robinson lives in West Auckland with her partner, and is a mother to two girls and a cat called Coco.