Noel Meek

A kōrero with Iron about Climate Change (at Hector Beach as a seawall is constructed) (2021)

7 min 55 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"A kōrero with Iron about Climate Change (at Hector Beach as a seawall is constructed) is a conversation with an iron bar that is likely both a remnant of coal mining equipment and also the remains of previous attempts to shore up the beach against the sea. In the background current attempts are underway on a stretch of beach losing up to a metre of foreshore every year (according to my mother’s estimates). It ends with Moana having her say."

"Ngākawau Kōrero reflect my personal connections to a contentious landscape, the Buller District. Currently at the thin end of the climate change wedge, this area has been home to the coal industry for over a century and, in more recent times, also to a strong environmentalist movement. My own family is split between generations of coal miners on one side and engaged environmentalists on the other. The tension between these is explored in collaboration with non-human entities at key nexus points in the region surrounding my family home in Hector, across the river from Ngākawau."

Noel Meek

Part of the series Ngākawau Kōrero (2021).

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