Kaia the Kaka in flight

Kaia – the virtual kākā – is flapping!

Have you played the adventure app?  

KaIa the Kākā is set to return to Wellington’s Central  Park this summer. HUGE THANKS  to Wellington Community Trust for helping  to support this new season.

The unique, free-to-play journey combines story, art and gameplay to enable you to explore the fate of a virtual kākā, called Kaia, and her family on foot in nature. Using a smartphone and Facebook Messenger, you interact with Kaia answering special nature challenges, aided by artworks on site, to rescue her and her chicks from advancing predators. 

Kaia attracted large numbers of people into the Central Park last spring/summer including kids, parents, whanau, educators, gamers and tourists.  Here’s  a wee sample of what some said:

”What a lovely adventure! We found new nooks and crannies in a park we’ve been to a million times before. We could hear the kākā calling and our boy said “that’s Kaia!” It was a beautiful way to explore the environment.” Parent leader, children’s nature-play group.

“This is a super fun treasure hunt through the bush, with a chance to see wild kākā! We spent over an hour following the trail, guided by messages on the phone. Loved it!” – Parent.

“As a school group, we’d use it in Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) activities where we encourage the development of cooperation, problem solving and observation skills. We’d reflect on how the team worked together, strategies they used to complete the course effectively, how they used the clues, which clues were the easiest/hardest to crack and why.” – Primary teacher.

Kaia the Kākā aims to Inspire and engage young people and their families, whānau and community to reconnect to their local natural world and biodiversity.

Check out Kaia’s Facebook  and Nature Through Arts Facebook. More information at KaIa the Kākā – Help Defend Tāne’s Realm.


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 https://naturethrougharts.wordpress.com/projects/

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.