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.


4 days ago

The Lucy Foundation
Another successful community workshop done and dusted! Here we are preparing an ash broth, which will be used to strengthen coffee plants and naturally deter insects. A beautiful practice, everyone working together, full of learning!#DisabilityRights #EnvironmentalRegeneration #InsectControl[Video description: Footage of a pathway in the jungle with blue skies ahead. The camera pans to a small group of people with and without disabilities preparing a broth in a big pot over an open fire. Herminio is stirring the pot with a big stick, while Catalina stokes the fire. Photos of everyone participating and sharing in the experience. A team photo with a large huskie dog in the front. Closing credit reads 'Muchas Gracias to order coffee or donate go to www.thelucyfoundation.com"] ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

The Lucy Foundation
April 9 is Small Business Day, and Xero is teaming up with small businesses in Aotearoa to thank our fabulous customers for their support 😍 The prize pool includes $100,000 in instant prizes and a $10,000 shopping spree 🤩 You could even give us a shot at winning $10,000 to help grow our business 🙀If you want to go in the draw, just follow these super-simple steps: 🛍 Buy TLF coffee tomorrow📸 Take a photo of your coffee🤳 Post your photo on social media, tag Small Business Day NZ and use the hashtag #choosesmallnzOR🔒 if your account is private, message your photo to @smallbusinessdaynz ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation
As part of our inclusive value chain, the families we partner with receive a portion of the harvest - processed, roasted and ground with love by our TLF crew. A huge thanks to Doña Yoli for her help![Video description: A high speed video of Doña Yoli grinding TLF coffee, before Juan and then Pepe scoop the ground coffee into large tins. A photo of Juan waving with a large tin of ground coffee, and a photo of Pepe, Juan and Herminio on the street ready to deliver the coffee to their families.] ... See MoreSee Less
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