One of the first people to contact cityhop, NZ’s first car share company when we first began was Dr Stuart Bramhall. Stuart was very familiar with car share having lived in the States for many years and in fact was one of the first members of Flexicar. We were delighted that Stuart made contact with us and was able to share her thoughts on what worked and didn’t work.
Since then, we have continued to keep in touch with Stuart. She has been instrumental through her work with the Positive Futures Trust where she is currently Treasurer.
The Positive Futures Trust seeks to support existing businesses and organisations working to bridge this information gap. It currently awards grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to businesses, community groups and government agencies with specific projects that advance either of our objectives:
- Promoting public education, awareness and implementation (or uptake) of sustainable lifestyle choices.
- Supporting the development and implementation of technologies and processes leading to New Zealand’s energy self-sufficiency and carbon neutrality.
Stuart is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Taranaki DHB. And when she isn’t working Stuart, a committed greenie, is busy, for example, writing propopsals to the MfE Sustainable Management Fund to try and get funding to bring car share to New Plymouth amongst other things!
Nathaniel Benefield, the Sustainable Transport co-ordinator, at NPDC is someone who has a bit to do with Stuart. Between the two of them, car share is a very likely prospect for the city.
Victoria Carter, CEO of Cityhop was invited to come to New Plymouth and present to a number of interested people, businesses and groups on what car share was and how it might work.
Next step is to get interested parties to commit. Then New Plymouth you will be the first smaller city to get car share and lead the way to a more eco-friendly way of moving about.