Dr Robbie Francis Watene


In 2013 Robbie was given the opportunity to intern for an international disability rights group in Mexico. Having witnessed first hand the shocking conditions many people with disabilities are forced to live in, she decided to become an active part of the solution. So in 2014 she and her friends co-founded The Lucy Foundation.

Robbie, who lives with a disability herself, is particularly passionate about developing more inclusive, safer and peaceful communities through sustainable and collaborative initiatives. Having studied International Conflict Resolution and Mediation in Israel-Palestine, Robbie recently passed with no revisions her PhD at the University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in New Zealand. The focus of her research was inclusive and accessible research methodologies, peacebuilding, and the experiences of people with disabilities during conflict and displacement.

Robbie has worked as an advisor to the New Zealand government on various strategies, and currently sits on three governance boards. She also works as a Senior Researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute, and is Project Lead for the Disabled Person-Led Monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Christmas is just around the corner and our TLF whānau are busy prepping the sweetest and most caffeinated gifts!

Celebrate the end of 2020 with honey and coffee crafted with a heart for inclusion, accessibility, diversity - a gift that will continue to have social and environmental impact long after it has been devoured!

Head to our website to place your order. All proceeds will go towards the Pluma Coffee Project, supporting a more disability inclusive and regenerative coffee industry.
www.thelucyfoundation.com/christmas

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2 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

We're proud to partner with you too Te Tuhi Café, from farmer to consumer!

Purchase your inclusive coffee beans now: www.thelucyfoundation.com/help-us-out

[Image description: Rachel tries her hand at a Lucy espresso on the Te Tuhi Cafe coffee machine. She has a big smile.]

#DisabilityEmployment #disabilityrights #thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall #filtercoffeenotpeopleA little about our lovely coffee suppliers, The Lucy Foundation. The Lucy Foundation are a disability empowerment organisation which manages an entire supply chain of coffee that is inclusive of people with disabilities from Mexico to Aotearoa.

Lovingly roasted by Able Coffee Collaborative, a disability inclusive roastery in Lower Hutt, we serve their signature Lucy blend. This includes three types of beans from Sumatra (Fair Trade/Organic), Ethiopia (Fair Trade/Organic) and Pluma Hidalgo Mexico. It makes for a full bodied coffee with a bit of kick!

We're proud to be partnering with these organisations to bring you your disability inclusive coffee, all the way from the farm to the friendly face serving you at Te Tuhi Café!

Photo by Irra Lee, courtesy of 1 News.
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3 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

We're keepin' it clean! We've been using citrus fruits to make an ecological detergent to clean surfaces such as bench tops and floors. We also use it to wash dishes and clean the kitchen and bathroom at our TLF headquarters.

To help us do more of this, donate now: www.thelucyfoundation.com/donate/

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