My Wellington: a “really kind, caring and optimistic” city



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Matt Dagger and his son Marlon pictured in Island Bay.  Dagger runs Kaibosh, a food rescue charity.

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Matt Dagger and his son Marlon pictured in Island Bay. Dagger runs Kaibosh, a food rescue charity.

Matt Dagger is the Managing Director of Wellington’s Food Rescue and Redistribution Agency, Kaibosh, which fights food insecurity and food waste. Kaibosh’s work in the Wellington area grew in importance during the pandemic – he provided people with up to 60 tons of food each month. Matt lives in Island Bay with Chloe, Marlon and Roxy the dog.

What does it mean to be a Wellingtonian?

Being a Wellingtonian is above all the ability to be yourself. It is a city that encourages and embraces individualism, but not selfishness. The community is strong here – the people are really nice, caring and upbeat. Diversity is celebrated and Wellingtonians are enthusiastic and ready to face challenges and changes. I wonder if the weather influences that? Wellingtonians watch over others and try to leave no one behind. I really like it: our people care about our city and our city care about its people.

I live here because …

Wellington has always treated me well. Like many people, I am a migrant to Welly and I love the people, places and vibrant culture of our city – there is always something interesting happening, something new to learn, new people to know. . It is a very special place.

Matt Dagger loves the South Coast.  He is pictured here with his son Marlon.

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Matt Dagger loves the South Coast. He is pictured here with his son Marlon.

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Kaibosh works to redistribute and recover food waste.

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Kaibosh works to redistribute and recover food waste.

Where is the best place to swim?

Thorndon Pool on a hot summer afternoon, Island Bay on a hot summer afternoon.

The best meal in the region is …

I am a big fan of Sunday miam-cha – I have a 5 year old and miam-cha is made for toddlers. You also can’t beat a freshly made taco from Taco Addicts – Amber and her Prince trailer are by the water on weekends. Tex-Mex treats from Austin, TX straight to Wellington – they’re sure to tease your taste buds.

What is the best festival in town?

I love Day in the Bay – how many festivals have a boat blessing as the main act? The Newtown festival is pretty special too. For food you can’t go past Wellington on a Plate and most importantly every taste of Kaibosh, no waste event.

The Blessing of the Day in the Bay boat - which is part of the Island Bay Festival - is one of Matt Dagger's favorite events.

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The Blessing of the Day in the Bay boat – which is part of the Island Bay Festival – is one of Matt Dagger’s favorite events.

The perfect Saturday morning in the city is …

Dog walk in Tawatawa Preserve, walk by the water, explore the Wellington Museum attic with my little boy, then a beer and burger at the Parrotdog in Lyall Bay on the way back.

My guilty pleasure in town is going to …

Satay Oaks for a sneaky pad thai at lunchtime.

What part of the city are you most comfortable in?

I live on the south coast and think this is the best part of Wellington. I love the beautiful rugged landscape, the ever-changing light and a sea that is never the same from day to day. It is a special place to live.

Parrotdog is a dog-friendly brewery in Lyall Bay, Wellington.

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Parrotdog is a dog-friendly brewery in Lyall Bay, Wellington.

Not many people know that about Wellington but …

Wellington is crisscrossed with hidden streams. Beautiful waterways once flowed through the hills and valleys and into the harbor, but are now sequestered in pipes and culverts and have been neglected, ignored and even abused.

What is Wellington’s best feature?

The people. Wellingtonians are great people!

The sometimes choppy south coast of Wellington is Matt Dagger's favorite spot.

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The sometimes choppy south coast of Wellington is Matt Dagger’s favorite spot.

What is your greatest hope for this city?

Hope Wellington gives my boy what he gave me – I arrived late in Wellington as an adult so I think he is very lucky to have been born and raised here . The last two years in Wellington have been very difficult for a lot of people but from my perspective we have all come together and supported each other well. I think we all know we still have hard times ahead, and hopefully we can continue to look out for each other and make sure everyone has what they need to live well.

People can support Kaibosh at kaibosh.org.nz.

Jericho Rock-Archer / Tips

People can support Kaibosh at kaibosh.org.nz.

You can support Kaibosh this Christmas at kaibosh.org.nz

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