Pera Barrett - why start Shoebox Christmas & a podcast? Growing a platform for good (#1)

“The key is starting, so that we can start making a difference.” - Pera Barrett

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to another episode of Paperback Guerrillas - mana enhancing kōrero (life-improving conversations) with people from all walks of life, sharing insights, inspiration and tools to empower everyday people like you and I can turn into positive actions and change. In this introductory episode, I discuss why I started the Shoebox Christmas project in Wellington, why the Paperback Guerrillas podcast was formed, and how the two are similar.  
I’d normally introduce a bit more about the show guest here, but since it’s me: kia ora, I’m the founder of Shoebox Christmas Aotearoa, New Zealander of The Year Local Hero recipient 2019, writer/rapper, and as of now, your podcast host. 
I hope this gives you little insight into why we started this podcast, and what you can expect in the upcoming episodes. Enjoy! 

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As always, he mihi nui, a big thank you, to Patrick Ryan for the audio magic, and Trek One for the choice intro music (you can hear more of his music on Spotify here.)

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