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Regeneration for street sellers from magazine sales

Now up to its seventh issue since launching last November, Regenerate Magazine has helped homeless sellers get off the streets and into employment.

Two of the sellers of a local monthly magazine launched to help the homeless and those surviving on the streets have found jobs and accommodation as a result of their entrepreneurial street sales activities.

Glen and Stefan are part of a group of homeless people who are provided with four free copies of Regenerate, which focuses on Wellington arts and culture, which they sell to the public for $5.00.

Once those copies are sold, sellers can use the proceeds to buy further copies for $2.50.

People are able to make $80:00 before their benefit is impacted.

Glen recently moved into employment and says that selling the magazine gave him confidence.

“It’s helped me go from walking around the city kicking stones to being able to hold my head up and being proud that I’m doing something not only for myself but for those that are homeless.

“I’ve gone on to move from being homeless at the Night Shelter to moving into my own lodgings and gaining a 40 hour a week job.”

Regenerate is a Wellington based street magazine, the first of its kind in New Zealand and is similar to magazines produced by 100 organisations in 34 countries around the world.

Founded by IT project manager Simon Dodd, Regenerate is created by a voluntary organisation of writers and production staff, and is currently edited by Kate Philips.

The May issue focused on NZ Music Month, the sixth issue in June covered performance, and the seventh issue, out this week, has a film focus with features on the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival, the Wellington Film Society, Sci-Fi Sunday at Space Place (Carter Observatory), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, alongside regular features.

Street sellers are operating at various locations across Wellington, and will be at the Newtown Market this Saturday, and at the Chaffers Harbourside Market on Sunday.

Look out for the sellers and have your $5 ready.