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‘Future Visions For Te Taiao’ Film Contest Explores Ideas About Environmental Protection

A short film contest invites people to seek innovative ways to achieve better environmental results through the lens of the Treaty.

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The ideas and discussions shared in the films submitted to the ‘Future Visions For Te Taiao’ contest will go towards a larger research project.
Photo: Supplied / Future Visions for Te Taiao

‘Future Visions For Te Taiao’ is asking people to imagine or envision the future of the environment.

The online movie competition is reaching out to Aotearoa’s avid filmmakers for their opinion on environmental stewardship and protection of the Taiao.

People of all ages, including Rangatahi aged 11 and under, and from all communities, are encouraged to submit papers that explore questions about kaitiakitanga, environmental protection, aspirations for the future of the Taiao, or the environment.

The ideas and discussions shared in the submitted films will go into a larger research project called SO7: Adaptive Policy and Governance as part of the National Biological Heritage Science Challenge.

S07 will analyze co-governance models to take care of the environment and the role of Tangata Whenua as partners te tiriti.

Leading the project are Associate Professor Dr. Maria Bargh and Senior Professor Dr. Carwyn Jones from Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.

Bargh said the ‘Future Visions for Te Taiao’ competition was an opportunity for people who are generally not inclined to discuss governance and policy to share their perspective.

“The film competition is really to try to get some ideas from people who might be put off by the idea of ​​governance or politics or who might think they have nothing to add to a discussion of how governance and policies should change.”

Ellie Tapsell, one of the organizers of the competition, said that the movies are an important way to see the kaitiakitanga and its connection to Te Tiriti or Waitangi.

“We want people to be able to express their relationships with the environment and how they see kaitiakitanga and how they could see Te Tiriti or Waitangi helping us better manage our environment.”

Dr Bargh said the research topic arose from seeing a continued decline in Aotearoa’s biodiversity and will explore how Te Tiriti’s partnerships with Tangata Whenua can help improve environmental outcomes.

“Our research area is focused on governance and policy and, in simple terms, what governance and policy need to change for better environmental results.

“In our research team, we have a hunch that actually the co-government and natural resource governance led by Te Tiriti is a better way of doing things.”

Tapsell said that art forms were an accessible way for people to share their thoughts and ideas.

He hoped the movies would give people a chance to have a say about the environment and how it can be protected in the future.

“Narration and storytelling are very important for the creation and transmission of knowledge.

“It is also a great place to imagine, dream and express new thoughts and ideas.”

Bargh said that short films can dive into all genres, from science fiction to comedy to mystery.

He said that sometimes the most original ideas are the best for the environment.

“We are eager to hear, see and observe people’s ideas and we hope that people are really as creative as possible.”

“That is what we are looking for, innovation and creativity,” he said.

Details of the participants can be found in the Future Visions For Te Taiao website or your Facebook page. Presentations close at 5:00 p.m. on October 17.

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