Noel Meek

A kōrero with Stone about Tourism (on the closed section of the Charming Creek track) (2021)

9 min 08 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"A kōrero with Stone about Tourism (on the closed section of the Charming Creek track) takes place with an outlier of a massive slip that closed the Charming Creek walkway in 2020. The slip is very likely linked to higher than normal rainfall caused by a shifting climate in the region. I was particularly curious about Stone’s thoughts on how quiet the area had become as we were behind a large fence that now keeps tourists away from the site."

"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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