Wai o Papa-Waterlands: coastal resilience through art-science-cross cultural collaboration

19:00 Tuesday 28 May




Jane Richardson (New Zealand) 1; Derrylea Hardy (New Zealand) 1; Murray Patterson (New Zealand) 1; Moira Poutama (New Zealand) 3; Huhana Smith (New Zealand) 1; Aroha Spinks (New Zealand) 3; Martin Manning (New Zealand) 2

1 - Massey University; 2 - University of Wellington; 3 - Te Rangitāwhia Whakatupu Mātauranga

There is growing recognition globally that as a society we must act urgently to address climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb, temperatures and sea levels are rising, and the increasing incidence of extreme weather events globally is being attributed to human induced climate change. However, despite the need for urgent action, the multidimensional nature of the climate change issue makes it very difficult to resolve – with complex, uncertain, often incomplete or contradictory information involved. There is growing recognition that in order to address climate change we need new forms of knowledge production and communication. Interdisciplinary collaborations that blend diverse knowledge sets are key to developing the transformative solutions required.

Art-science collaborations have been successful in affecting community engagement with climate change and enabling greater understanding of environmental issues. In this paper a collaborative art-science-cross cultural project Wai O Papa (Waterlands), in a coastal region of Aotearoa-New Zealand, illustrates how artists, scientists and community can work together to promote engagement with the issue of climate change and better communicate complex scientific information. In this project, the co-design of adaptation strategies is promoting coastal resilience, and contributing to the restoration of the well-being of the land, water and people.