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Dunedin becomes the first Fair Trade City in New Zealand

December 8, 2009

left-right: Julia Campbell (FTANZ), Mayor Peter Chin, and Professor George Benwell

Dunedin became New Zealand’s first Fair Trade city on 8 December. Julia Campbell, from the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, presented the official certificate to Mayor, Peter Chin, in the atrium of the School of Business at Otago University. Professor George Benwell, Dean of School of Business and Pro Vice Chancellor, Division of Commerce, was congratulated, as the School has also earned Fair Trade status. The Channel 9 report can be seen here.

Design Studies students enrolled in DESI 222 (Communication Design Project)  worked towards this goal for the past two years. A PDF file with examples of student projects from 2008 can be downloaded from here. This year, students designed the branding and marketing strategy for the Fair Trade Dunedin Steering Group. Examples of some of this work can be found in this wiki. The Department of Design Studies became a Fair Trade Workplace in 2009. A post with links to Fair Trade related websites can be found here. For more information about what Design Studies students have done to support Fair Trade, see the Communication Design Project course blog.


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