Tahu Mackenzie and Harvey Penfold won Audacious this year for their development of PekaPeka – a movable, predator-proof bird-feeding platform designed to feed a range of native birds anywhere. Tahu is the lead educator for Orokonui Ecosantuary, while Harvey is completing a Bachelor of Product Design at Otago Polytechnic.
Teaching people what we can do, what’s been lost and what we can come back to.
10 years into a 1000 year restoration plan
(we asked both Tahu and Harvey these questions – you can decide who said what).
Sustainable: Closed loop production cycle. Emotional connection with nature as priority. Emotional well-being in environment.
Success: Audacious. Meeting Jane Goodall.
Superpower: Love. Thinking.
Activist: Yes. Yes.
Motivation: Make dreams come true, working for yourself and provide a great home life. I feel the most inspired, loved and powerful in nature – I would like everyone to have the opportunity to experience that.
Challenges: Growing business.
Miracle. Remove predators.
Advice: You can make a difference in so many different ways – however you passionately connect with the world, I’d encourage people to take action and feel good about it. Design has made such a difference to me, but I didn’t do it for so long. So if you feel like you would enjoy something then you should look for ways to make that happen. .