The Water Project Research trip

In March 2017, together with Shirin Khosraviani, AAG director and curator of the exhibition, we spent a week in the central South Island region. The journey south from Christchurch across the plains and into the Mackenzie Country offered not only vistas of immense beauty and powerful iconic impact, but also led us to a sobering awareness of the vexed and potentially catastrophic situation currently facing our country’s waterways. Engaging with local people, iwi, conservationists and others during the journey, we were brought to a new awareness of the contested politics underlying the demands for freshwater use and allocation, as well as a renewed appreciation for wairua – the spirit of fresh water. 

 Rakaia River

Rakaia River

 Kate, Rakaia River

Kate, Rakaia River

 Opuha irrigation lake

Opuha irrigation lake

 Greg & Jenna, Mackenzie Country

Greg & Jenna, Mackenzie Country

  Ross Hemera  Ko Te Waka-o-Aoraki, Ko Te Waipounamu Ko Aoraki te mauka Ko Waitaki te awa Ko Uruao, Araiteuru ngā waka Ko Whakatū, Whitianga, Matakaea ngā Tauranga Ko Rākaihautū, Kirikiri Patata ngā tipuna Ko Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu ngā iwi

Ross Hemera
Ko Te Waka-o-Aoraki, Ko Te Waipounamu
Ko Aoraki te mauka
Ko Waitaki te awa
Ko Uruao, Araiteuru ngā waka
Ko Whakatū, Whitianga, Matakaea ngā Tauranga
Ko Rākaihautū, Kirikiri Patata ngā tipuna
Ko Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu ngā iwi

 Lake Ohau

Lake Ohau

 Ross Hemera & Mike Neilson, Lake Ohau Lodge

Ross Hemera & Mike Neilson, Lake Ohau Lodge

 Jenna & Liz, Paritea (clay cliffs near Omarama)

Jenna & Liz, Paritea (clay cliffs near Omarama)

 Bing & Jacqs, Maraewhenua rock art site

Bing & Jacqs, Maraewhenua rock art site

 Takiroa rock art site

Takiroa rock art site

 Kate White, Waitaki Braids Lodge, Kurow

Kate White, Waitaki Braids Lodge, Kurow

 Barista Peter Trevelyan, Kate White’s Waitaki Braids Lodge, Kurow 

Barista Peter Trevelyan, Kate White’s Waitaki Braids Lodge, Kurow 

 Maraewhenua River

Maraewhenua River

Phil, Maraewhenua River, 30sec video

 Ross, Brett & Phil

Ross, Brett & Phil

 Kate & Shirin

Kate & Shirin

Ross & Phil’s jam, Geraldine, 30sec video

Temuka River visit with manawhenua, 30sec video

 Triumphant agate fossickers return with guide Karen Palmer, Staveley

Triumphant agate fossickers return with guide Karen Palmer, Staveley

 Sculptors with Alford Forest moa    more info

Sculptors with Alford Forest moa 

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 Greg & Peter

Greg & Peter

 Bruce & Brett

Bruce & Brett