During the early days of the project, the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari team were out and about in Gulf communities, supporting Sea Week activities, getting kids involved in sea-themed games and connecting audiences to the treasures of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
The purpose of this early engagement was to raise awareness of the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari project, to listen to the voices of the Gulf and to encourage people to complete the Hauraki Gulf Use and Values survey.
Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari displays included a giant map of the Hauraki Gulf that received many a ‘wow’ moment at each event. People did not realise how big the Hauraki Gulf truly is and enjoyed identifying their favourite spot by marking the map with a heart. Since these early days, the Hauraki Gulf Map has continued to be a favourite at public events.
Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari exhibited at the following events.
Sea Week 2014
Venue: Silo Park, Auckland
Event date: 2 March 2014
Sea Week started with a splash at a family fun day at Silo Park, on the waterfront in Auckland. Auckland Council and its partners present interactive, educational activities for all ages. Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari was present at this event providing information and activities on the project.
NZAEE Sea Week Launch 2014
Venue: The Floating Pavilion, Auckland
Event date: 8 March 2014
Representatives from the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari project were in attendance as Mayor Len Brown and MP Nicky Wagner launched NZAEE Sea Week 2014 at the Floating Pavilion on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Attendees enjoyed a performance by the Red Leap Theatre Company from their production, SEA.
Venue: Western Springs Park, Auckland
Event date: 8 March 2014
Promoted as the world’s biggest celebration of Pacific Island culture and heritage, Western Springs Park is transformed into 11 authentic and traditional Pacific Island villages. The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari team enjoyed getting kids involved in sea-themed games and raising the project’s profile through discussion with festival attendees.
Venue: Manukau Sports Bowl, South Auckland
Event date: 12-15 March 2014
The theme for the ASB Auckland Secondary Schools Maori and Pacific Islands Cultural Festival 2014 (polyfest) was 'Care for our seas and our lands, so that the safety of our homes, both present and past endures forever' – a perfect match for the aims of Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari. Project staff engaged, listened, informed and provided activities for the festival patrons and enjoyed some incredible performances!
International Cultural Show
Venue: War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill
Event date: 30 March 2014
Showcasing cultural diversity, attendees enjoyed music, dance, sport and of course food from cultures around the globe. The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari team provided project information and activities.
Auckland Council Matariki Festival
Event date: June-July 2014
Historically, Matariki occurred at the end of the harvest season. It was a time to fill the storage houses (pātaka kai) with food and for whānau and friends to come together, acknowledge the successes of the past year, and look towards the year ahead. Māori culture is 'our' point of difference in the world and Matariki Festival celebrates this very special time in the New Zealand calendar with 31 days of culture, food, fun and entertainment. From kapa haka to flax weaving, interactive hīkoi and culinary delights there is something for everyone to enjoy. The festival provides the opportunity to highlight and promote our arts and culture to be understood, valued and celebrated for benefit of all.
Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari exhibited at one of the Matariki events with the purpose of sharing and connecting the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana with people through conversation.