Water Is Life - He Ora Te Wai ART EXHIBITION (Sept 19- Gisborne, New Zealand)
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Water Is Life - He Ora Te Wai ART EXHIBITION (Sept 19- Gisborne, New Zealand)

Water is life. These are our stories of our waters. 
Featuring art by local talent...
Elizabeth Kerekere
Erena Koopu
Melanie Tahata
Steve Gibbs
Alixene Curtis
Tawera Tahuri
Clayton Taylor-Nelson
Johnny Moetara
Airini Forbes
Teressa Matthews
Henare Brooking
Erana Blandford
and Mike ODonnell

With thanks to Bunnings for contributing the water feature in the museum entry area

#WaterIsLife 💙💧

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Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline and Indigenous Justice
Aug
16
6:45 PM18:45

Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline and Indigenous Justice

Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline and Indigenous Justice: What happened? Where do we go from here? 

On the 16th August, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is hosting Associate Professor Kyle Powys Whyte (Potawatomi) from Michigan State University, at the University of Auckland for a public lecture on the events surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the protests which were led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal members and what the future holds for Indigenous peoples fighting for their environmental rights.

Date: 16 August
Venue: Owen G Glenn Building, Lecture Theatre OGGB260-098, University of Auckland
Time: 6:45pm

Kyle will tell the stories of the #NoDAPL movement of 2016, discuss Indigenous environmental justice and talk about how the events of the past year have mobilised and motivated Indigenous peoples and their allies worldwide through the philosophy of "Mni Wiconi" or "Water is Life".

This event is free, and open for anyone to attend - from students and faculty, to activists and concerned citizens.

Nau mai! Haere mai! We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, 16th August.

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Matariki World Water Blessing
Jun
25
8:00 PM20:00

Matariki World Water Blessing

Since the 2014 floods during the Matariki I have held a dream in my heart. In the dream there we were carrying a large vessel containing water from the ocean to the scource of the Whanganui. The vessel was being filled as we journeyed. In my dream blessed water from every single person who felt drawn to contribute filled the vessel to over flowing. This water carried the prayers and hopes of the people and the water protectors. When we reached the as far as we could travel we poured the water out into the Whanganui River. She carried the message to the seas and in myst to the skies and deep into the heart of the earth. The message that the people of the land are listening and we want to make the water well again. It is time to bring this vision from the dream time and into the real world if you feel my heart and you see my vision please collect some water from your location and bless it fill it with your prayers and your hopes and send it to Rebekah Renee Winchcombe 23 Bell st Whanganui Aotearoa New Zealand 4500 ..... As this vision unfolds and people step in to facilitate the celebrations we shall keep this page updated. Please if you are interested in being a part of any water blessings or associated celebrations please connect with Me. Ko ahau te awa, te awa ko ahau. I am the river and the river is me. #waterislife

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March for Science Dunedin
Apr
22
11:00 AM11:00

March for Science Dunedin

SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.

We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.

Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels - from local schools to federal agencies - throughout the world.

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March for Science Palmerston North
Apr
22
11:00 AM11:00

March for Science Palmerston North

Join us on the Te Awe Awe Quadrant (Plaza side) the sister march in Palmerston North, New Zealand. More details of speakers to come. This will be a peaceful, family friendly march around the square with a sausage sizzle to wrap up.  

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.

We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.

Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels - from local schools to federal agencies - throughout the world.

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24 Hour Water Challenge - Te Kore Wai
Mar
28
6:00 AM06:00

24 Hour Water Challenge - Te Kore Wai

24 hour water fast in Aotearoa New Zealand from first light 28 March 2017 to first light 29 March. No drinking water for 24 hours as a demonstration of committment and appreciation for our Wai - Our Beloved Water.

This time of fasting (wa i kore) is day and night of New Moon 28 March 2017. You should mentally prepare yourself. It will require commitment but it is not unachievable. You may find that you do not even eat food for it will seem strange to eat food without water or beverage. Minimise unnecessary words for there is vapour in your breath that is best used internally. Minimise extremes of emotions for you will consume precious fluids in your cells as you burn through emotional energy. You may give up smoking or drugs or whatever for this time. It is a day for self-reflection and inner strength. A time of humility and appreciation.

Break Te Kore Wai into achievable stages if you feel it is too much. Do 6 hours (Sunrise to Mid-Day). Review. Do 12 hour (Sunrise to Sunset). Review. Sunrise to Bedtime (16 hours). Review. The sleep will carry you through to sunrise 6AM or equivalent. Break Fast. Remember we must gain strength that others are doing it as well.

You may be at work surrounded by people drinking water. Use this to test and strengthen your resolve. If you are working in hard physical labour, just fill up with water before you start the day. This is not meant to be easy. 

A SIlly Point. 
You can sip and suck on money if you are thirsty. Place a $20 or $50 dollar note in your mouth for one hour to quench your thirst similar to the Apache pebble. This gives a $dollar value to your saving water effort by not drinking actual water during one hour of worktime. This may seem silly but it reveals the flawed Economic value of money versus real lifegiving power of clean water. One cannot drink money when thirsty. The picture in the Header is an example. Here is a Kiwi Blue Bottle containing Green Water from Lake Tutira, Hawkes Bay NZ. A freshwater lake that was once swimmable, fishable 20+ years ago. Now impacted by farming, forestry, roading runoff, 1080 pest control and other man-made causes. There are many other lakes and rivers similar in New Zealand. Around the world as well. This is why we are doing this 24 hour water fast.

When you break-fast the following day at 6am or equivalent daybreak, give thanks and appreciation for the water. Note how many glasses of water you drink? Be thankful. Then extend this gratitude forward. 

Ko tenei Te Wa. Te Wai. Te Kore. Tau Rawa!!.

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Water - a Global Issue affecting New Zealand
Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Water - a Global Issue affecting New Zealand

Join Kim Hill and panellists in a stimulating discussion.
WATER – for New Zealand, for the world - what has to change to ensure our future?
Is NZ using its water responsibly?
Doors open 6.30pm, Event starts 7.30pm.
$5 KOHA on the door.
Refreshments and nibbles provided. Alcoholic beverages available from a cash bar.

Panellists
Bryan Jenkins: Well-known water expert
Ken Hughey: Lincoln University/DOC
Peter Townsend: CEO, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce
Brent Clothier: Plant and Food Research
Click to download the poster

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Speakers Series: Indigenous Rights, Health, and the Environment
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

Speakers Series: Indigenous Rights, Health, and the Environment

On 22 March 2017 a panel of expert speakers will give their perspectives on ‘Indigenous Rights, Health & the Environment’.

Speakers:
- Dr Rhys Jones, Ora Taiao | OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council
- Kingi Snelgar, Lawyer
- Dr Brad Coombes, The University of Auckland

Refreshments begin from 5:30 while presentations begin at 6:00 pm.

This forum is part of a series of events hosted by the Human Rights Commission, leading up to the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Please contact jessican@hrc.co.nz with any questions or to discuss access requirements.

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