Felicity Brenchley together with Ana Heremaia and Ruby Watson are the founding directors of ĀKAU, a socially minded design practice with a focus on youth and community engagement. the unique ĀKAU vision is to weave together youth creativity, community strengths and design, to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing communities today.
around New Zealand communities struggle with high unemployment and a lack of economic growth, whilst the talents and creativity of their young people go to waste.
the ĀKAU solution: empower youth to achieve their full potential and create positive change in their own communities by engaging them in the design of real projects and products.
check out the ĀKAU website for more details on the ĀKAU youth program, products and projects that are underway in Kaikohe, Northland.
images show the paddle stool.
photographyby Jess Burges