Moa mystery launches 100 Day Challenge

The rediscovery of a moa in Wellington’s inner city suburb of Mt Cook sparked the launch of the  Imagine My City 100 Day Creative Challenge #imaginemycity

IMC launch - Moa 5 What began as a seemingly ordinary nature trip for over 40 young Wellingtonians and their families turned into an extraordinary Alice-in-Wonderland style adventure through the town belt and a race against ‘Arthur’ the adversary to rescue the ancient moa from barbecue or sale to overseas trophy hunters!

IMC launch - Moa 4

Mysterious characters, geckos, weta, miniature huts and water artworks and even a granddaddy kokopu freshwater fish in a ditch drain were all part of real and surreal encounters– blending drama, puppetry, art, science and nature – to envision a city neighbourhood rich in nature.

IMC launch - kids with seedlings 3       IMC launch - gecko talk

IMC launch - kaka talk 2   IMC launch - freshwater fish

IMC launch - weta 3   IMC launch - water feature 3

IMC launch - the antagonist 2   IMC launch - mural 2

Wonderful to have the Wellington Mayor at the launch and a big thanks to our partners and supporters who made it happen: NZ national commission for UNESCO, Mt Cook Mobilised, Te Atiawa/Taranaki Whanui, Binge Culture, Kemi Niko & Co, Wellington City Council, Wellington Zoo, Department of Conservation and other special characters in Mt Cook!

photos by our awesome Mt Cook photographer Mary Hutchinson.

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