Celebrating Excellence: Joe Wilson and "Lots of Little Fires" Receive Prestigious Billie Award

The Waikato Wellbeing Project is thrilled to announce that Joe Wilson, the visionary behind the Lots of Little Fires storytelling research project, has been honoured with the Billie Award for Strengths-Based Research at the Te Auaha Pito Mata – New and Emerging Researcher Awards, hosted by Community Research New Zealand.

The Billie Award, named after Garth Nowland-Foreman's mother, who was known for her ability to see the positive in everyone, recognises the transformative work of Lots of Little Fires and its dedication to strengths-based research that has a profound impact on communities.

The Lots of Little Fires initiative, a project under the Waikato Wellbeing Project, is committed to the art of storytelling. By capturing and sharing the diverse narratives and experiences that shape communities, it has become a powerful catalyst for change, fostering empathy, understanding, and connectedness.

Through the lens of local cinematographer Muredach Daly, Lots of Little Fires creates engaging and thought-provoking content, celebrating the journeys, resilience, and unique contributions of everyday people.

"We’re immensely proud of Joe Wilson and the Lots of Little Fires project. Joe's commitment to the transformative power of storytelling has not only enriched our communities but also embodies the core values of the Waikato Wellbeing Project. Joe's work, recognised through the Billie Award, serves as a reminder of the positive change that can happen when we focus on the strengths and unique stories of individuals within our communities." Said Harvey Brookes, Executive Director, Waikato Wellbeing Project.

Joe Wilson's work in the field of strengths-based research and storytelling has contributed significantly to community empowerment and positive change. Through his storytelling, Joe has illuminated societal issues, inspiring others to take action.