Dunedin named fair trade city

Dunedin and Wellington have been announced as the country's first Fair Trade Cities by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (FTAANZ).

The two cities are the first in the country to join the global consumer revolution campaigning for a better deal for farmers and workers in the developing world by promoting and supporting fair trade.

The applications were awarded simultaneously by FTAANZ after both cities made a substantial commitment to the promotion of fair trade and the use of Fair Trade certified products, at a local council level and in shops, businesses and in the community.

FTAANZ education and community liaison officer Julia Campbell said the joint achievement highlighted the wide range of communities that were making a collective commitment to fair trade.

"From North Island's Wellington to South Island's Dunedin, Kiwis are coming together to change the lives of farmers and workers in the developing world. I'm inspired by the passion and commitment shown by all the individuals involved to make this momentous achievement a reality."

There are more than 500 Fair Trade towns and cities across the world including London, Rome, Edinburgh and San Francisco.

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