With sellout performances, the interactive Waste Free Wanda has been a hit across New Zealand schools, festivals and community events. Read why the local community has loved Waste Free Wanda’s performances below.

“We saw the Waste Free Wanda show in Dunedin and it was fantastic! Imagine Flight of the Conchords, Salmonella Dub and the movie Flash dance all rolled into one! I think all schools in Aotearoa should have the opportunity to see Waste Free Wanda and her important environmental messages. “

– Gabby McKenzie, Parent

“This show is next level! Wanda instantly captivates her audiences as she graces the stage with her upbeat and funky style. Wanda’s show hits the mark for school students, with her fun delivery of educational key messages. Wanda tackles difficult conversations around pronunciation of Te Reo Māori, environmental care and responsibility, and self determination, all with an earnestness that melts viewers hearts as they are carried along on her journey. All of this delivered while Wanda is singing her catchy song which help continue that learning after the show!”

– Anna Robinson, Enviroschools Coordinator

“We see benefit in the Waste Free Wanda Tour, to educate our younger generation and provide them with easy-to-use tools that support positive environmental change around water and wildlife conservation. Our youth are the key to ensuring a better future for Otago’s environment and this tour provides a unique, hands-on and fun way of engaging with them.”

– Councillor Michael Deaker, Otago Regional Council

“Your kaupapa places a moko on our tamariki to become the kaitiaki of papatuanuku and the content of your play utilises the ‘genealogical positioning system’ that supports their understanding by providing a context from which they can better understand Māori notions of “living by the kaupapa”.

Whether environmentalist by belief system or not, people’s behaviour is more aligned with a higher power when we consider caring for the planet we all share. If we support tamariki’s understanding of how they can affect positive change as individuals – We are all the better for it.

I feel honored to support your project.”

– Tina McColgan, Maori Womens Welfare League

“Caught Waste Free Wanda at the Dunedin Library yesterday. What a hoot! An amazing message about working on a waste free world that had a massive impact on my kids and me. Wrapped in a beeswax sandwich of laughs, beautiful singing, top notch acting and some enviable 80’s moves. Highly recommend for all ages.”

– Kelly Alexander, Dunedin

“We were lucky enough to have Waste Free Wanda come and present her show at our school. We had a hard time getting the songs out of our heads – so catchy! It was a great way to convey a very important message about sustainability. Engaging and entertaining.“

– Hawea Flat School

“This show is a must see for all children in schools. A wonderful magical play that is such fun for children to watch, engage with, sing along and educate in this critical time on planet earth. I would recommend government funding so this could go nation wide and support climate change awareness and direct actions each of us can take! Congratulations on producing such an epic show!”

– Nicola Woods, Music therapist

“Your show really had an impact on our kindergarten aged tamariki, they have remembered so much, and talk regularly about simple swaps ☺️ Thanks so much for your mahi.”

– Melanie McKerchar, kindergarten teacher 

“Wow – what an absolutely fabulous show! Our whole school from 5 year olds to year 6 students were engaged and hooked into Waste Free Wanda, her show and more importantly, they were hooked into her message!

Teachers and children alike were full of praise after the show! Teachers brought reusable cups to school the next day. Senior children were commenting “If only I could stop my Mum from using single use cups!” This opened up discussions on how children can influence adults politely.

Teachers have instantly noticed the children driving the use of reusable containers and beeswax wraps in their lunch boxes. There is less rubbish in the playground and with access to Wanda’s songs on YouTube we are sure we can maintain this over time. This show is not only entertaining , interactive and fun, it is an igniter to change, driven by the children’s understanding of the issue of waste.

Thank you so much! I can not recommend this show highly enough!”

– Tina Hogan, Primary School Teacher

“QLDC are proud to have supported Anna and Plastic Free Wanaka to create ‘Waste Free Wanda’. We believe the show and Wanda are valuable assets to the community and look forward to seeing Wanda’s power and energy spread across Otago. We have no doubt she will encourage environmental change through creativity, empowerment and fun for all those that attend.”

– Sophie Mander, Queenstown Lakes District Council

“Absolutely highly recommend seeing Waste Free Wanda’s show. A highly engaging and interactive show for kids and adults showing an important message on a waste-free world and how we can reduce our impact on the environment and work towards being more sustainable. Thank you for visiting the Royal Albatross Centre!”

– Royal Albatross Centre

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