Jessica Rose is a New Zealand Green Party member serving on her local board in the electorate of Albert-Eden. She is a self-professed woman of many hats – a transport planner at Wairaka Land Company, specialising in sustainable multi-modal transit, and a bike advocate with Bike Auckland. Evelyn caught up with Jessica to talk about her passion for making Auckland a better place for everyone, and her membership in the all-female cycling group Lady Gang. Continue →
Ahmad Matar has been doing parkour in the Gaza Strip since he was 10 years old. Now 20, he was inspired to try the extreme sport – which sees participants acrobatically traverse physical obstacles using no additional aids or equipment – by his friends Abdullah Anshasi and Muhammed Aljkhbeir, who introduced parkour to the Palestinian territory after watching the documentary Jump London online. Enamoured by their early attempts and videos, Ahmad joined them as one of 12 founding members of Gaza Parkour in 2005. Despite the difficulties presented by living in a place* other people’s conflicts have reduced largely to rubble, the collective hold tight to their dream of bringing hope to Gaza through a sport that, as Ahmad explains here to Sarah, makes them feel truly free.