Zapizapu Crosses the Sea

Zapizapu Crosses the Sea is a fascinating children's book. The script and colourful illustrations work together to simplify the concept of international trade and personify those involved around the world from grower to consumer. In its rawness we discover that the simple yet important concept of 'playing fair' is important for children and grown ups alike. More

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About Diane Abad-Vergara

Diane Abad Vergara is a communications professional from New Zealander. She is married to Jaime (who works as a psychologist) from Colombia. Together they have two sons. Whilst completing her Masters in Communications, and consuming perhaps a tad too much coffee in the process Diane began to consider the chain of events and people involved from crop buds to taste buds. Zapizapu Crosses the Sea was born.

Diane also produced her first documentary 'Living with Coffee' (as part of her thesis), which also explores the theme of trading fairly. In particular it looks at the coffee trade between Colombia and New Zealand).


Living with Coffee
As many small coffee farmers in Colombia struggle for a life free of conflict and illicit drugs, coffee roasters and consumers from New Zealand search for a taste of justice. This is a revealing look inside the multi-million dollar coffee industry that follows the steps of two coffee roasters, in their effors to buy coffee at fair price.


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