In Conversation

Jenna Stevens In Conversation

Jenna Stevens

Heading to Roxburgh in the Central Otago, we had the privilege of visiting ZQ growers Tony and Jenna Stevens at Mount Benger Station. Here, we saw firsthand the practices that ZQ growers and The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) are making to better the land for future generations through the ZQRX programme.

A mother, wife and passionate farmer, it was an honour to learn more about Jenna and her dedication to farming regeneratively for a better future.

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Bees Up Top In Conversation

Bees Up Top

Summer is a season where nature never ceases to disappoint. With blue skies and sunshine being a non-negotiable, we take the time to relax and appreciate all that the sunny months have to offer. Whilst we rest up, nature continues to work hard with our bees sitting high on the list of ‘hardest workers’.

We owe a lot to the bees, responsible for pollinating one third of the world's food as well as cotton flowers and other essential crops – there’s no denying that our bees are worth looking after. Dedicated to increasing New Zealand’s bee population by supplying happy, healthy hives to urban areas, we had the privilege of catching up with Jessie and her mum Vicki from Bees Up Top.

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Donna and Monica In Conversation

Donna and Monica

Here at Max we’re all about women supporting women, something that is key in ensuring we continue growing a strong community that pioneers greatness. With our continual focus on people and planet, it’s imperative that we champion those incredible women who are making moves for the betterment of our planet - Monica and Donna from The New Zealand Merino Company are doing just that.

Given the task of developing the ZQRX programme, Donna and Monica have been on a journey together to create what is now the new benchmark in improving the wellbeing of ZQ Merino growers, generating biodiversity, and actively protecting the land for future generations.

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Ruby Jones In Conversation

Ruby Jones

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is all about connecting with the people in our lives and creating a space for conversations around mental health and wellbeing. Connection brings purpose to our lives, it helps us feel secure and nurtured.

We reached out to renowned author and illustrator Ruby Jones to find out more about her journey and the importance of taking time to kōrero and connect with loved ones.

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Hello Cup In Conversation

Hello Cup

There’s something about community that marries perfectly with womanhood. As women, we’re part of a network that supports one another whether it’s lending a hand to a friend in need or asking a stranger how her day’s going, we’re all unified in something much bigger and greater than ourselves.

This season we’re continuing to connect with likeminded women who share the same values as us here at Max and were lucky enough to catch up with Robyn McLean, co-founder of Hello Cup.

After discovering period cups in recent years both Robyn and her best friend and Hello™ co-founder Mary Bond were amazed at how easy they were to use – this sparked the idea for what is now known as Hello Cup.

Now four years down the track, Robyn and Mary’s business is continuing to jump from strength to strength as they remain dedicated to creating game changing period products that are both sustainable and comfortable for women worldwide.

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