As Auckland moves down to level 2 restrictions, 501 Little Blue Penguins are about to descend on Waiheke Island for an exclusive outdoor art installation and silent protest - and all of Waiheke and Auckland are invited to attend.
On Sunday 4 October 2020, five hundred and one of New Zealand’s most precious little waddlers will set up at the Artworks precinct in Oneroa, Waiheke Island in what will be a visual feast for the eyes. Designed in conjunction with a former professional Weta Workshop props master (the genius’ behind visual effects for movie blockbusters including The Lord of the Rings trilogy); and lovingly handcrafted and painted by Dunedin volunteers, the anatomically sized paper mache Little Blue Penguins (Kororā) will occupy the Artworks precinct courtyard and will include a ‘Kororā Petting Zoo’ where kids (and adults) can grab a photo with some of the ’penguin stars’ of this stunning installation.
The art installation will be up for one day only, and as the only Auckland-based location that the installation will visit Waiheke locals and all Aucklanders are encouraged to make a day of it and come see the installation and take advantage of the Waiheke hospitality. The event is family friendly, and will run from 1.30pm - 5pm. And best of all, the installation event is completely free.
However there is also a serious side to the mammoth art installation (come silent protest) - as local Waiheke group, SKP Incorporated (SKP) prepares for its Court of Appeal battle against developer, Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited (KPBL), and Auckland Council. Council has granted KPBL resource consent to construct a floating marina (the size of 9 Eden Park stadiums) in Kennedy Point Bay, Waiheke Island - which also happens to be the home and habitat of one of the island’s Little Blue Penguin populations. SKP, who represents a large contingent of the Waiheke community, opposes the marina development and is particularly concerned about what the marina might mean for the already “at risk” Little Blue Penguin.
“Kennedy Point Bay is one of the natural breeding grounds and habitat of Waiheke’s Little Blue Penguins - it is where they breed, forage for food, play, migrate and mate. A monstrous marina is the last thing Waiheke Island and the Little Blue Penguins need. It is likely that the marina will displace many of Waiheke’s Little Blue Penguins and it may mean that the already fragile penguin population disappears from Kennedy Point Bay altogether. This is something SKP is trying to stop and protect” says Kathy Voyles, SKP committee member.
SKP was invited to host the installation by author Carolyn Managh, who will be using the event to launch her latest book “PenguinKind, 501 Small Sustainable Actions,” a 256 page, practical guide to hundreds of small sustainable lifestyle changes that we should all be making right now.
“Having 501 little blue penguins come to Waiheke Island, not only as an art installation but as a silent protest against the proposed Kennedy Point marina will present a striking and powerful visual representation about what SKP Inc is fighting to protect. We want as many people to come and stand with us and our 501 little penguin friends - to send a clear message to Council and the Developer that a marina is not what Waiheke wants, and it is certainly not what these precious creatures and our environment needs” says Kathy Voyles.
Look out for special guests such as Green candidate Chloe Swarbrick whose party recently launched NZ’s most ambitious marine environmental policy ever. Also look out for more than 300 little placards, made by children from all of Waiheke’s three local schools and a number of early childhood centres, representing the thoughts of tomorrow’s leaders about the destruction of the endangered penguin’s habitat. All of these combine for a powerful yet peaceful penguin protest and we hope to see you there - nau mai, haere mai, everyone is welcome!
So on 4 October 2020, grab a picnic blanket and basket, get the family together and come over to Waiheke Island and experience a once-only outdoor Little Blue Penguin art installation experience that is sure to delight the whole family and all ages.
Covid regulations will apply for the event. For more information and images please contact Kathy Voyles 021 2421549
Sue and Multi are just hours away from arriving in Wellington with their 10+ strong support crew.
TVNZ’s “Seven Sharp” show are paying particular interest to this history making hikoi, by an elderly woman and the world’s first (and only) activist sheep.
There’s a very good chance that the team will appear on Seven Sharp tomorrow evening (Wednesday) on TV One.
You can watch live using this link: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/seven-sharp/live
We hope you can join them in person at 11.30am in Wellington or by watching the news (and Ewes) at 6pm.
A lament from Waiheke to the Money Men
by Kathy Voyles
I watch the tui’s
In their love dance
Over the teen
Red stamens dying
On dry clay
I remember I am fighting
With money men
(they want big boats
In a quiet bay)
Even when we sleep
as solace comes
Do you need more
Concrete, asphalt, tyres, oil
Build for us
Tiny houses, eco-villages, gardens, a hospice
With your grandkids
On a happy beach
Shells in their tiny fists
Written by Kathy Voyles
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