Me kī, he waiata aroha tēnei mō ngā tangi o te whenua
Let us say that this is a song of love for the sounds of the land

The Water Project engages with the complex realities of water in the 21st century—as bringer of life and ancestral voice, but also as a contested commodity and saleable resource.

Thirteen artists explore the cultural, conceptual and imaginative qualities of the rivers, lakes, wetlands and freshwater systems of Aotearoa/New Zealand and their crucial role in the well-being of our communities. 

The Ashburton Art Gallery will exhibit these artists’ works in 2018, an exhibition that will then tour other public galleries throughout the country.

Project outline ➛


SNOWFLAKE / Di Lucas / Lucas Associates / Landscape planning & design consultants

I AM WATER / Teoki Jardine / Kāi Tahu Takatatiaki for The Avon-Ōtākaro Network

THE MAKING OF A RIVER RADICAL / Mike Joy / Massey University


Seven Rivers Walking – Haere Mārire 2017

Directed by Gaylene Preston, Kathleen Gallagher

With walkers, rafters, anglers and farmers, this documentary journeys from the alpine to spring rivers of Canterbury, exploring above and below the surfaces in search of ways through a freshwater crisis.


Christchurch Launch Saturday 19 August 5.45pm Issac Theatre Royal

Wellington Launch Sunday 20 August 5.00pm Paramount

Nelson Launch Monday 21 August 7.45pm Suter State Cinemas NZIFF

Timaru Launch Sunday 27 August 12.30 Movie Max NZIFF

Rangiora Launch Sunday 27 August 6.00pm Town Hall Cinemas

Auckland Launch Thursday 31 August 7.30pm Event Queen St Cinemas

Dunedin Launch Thursday 7 September 6.30pm Dunedin Rialto