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.


Let your imagination run WILD this summer

Join our challenge and create your dream or vision of what your neighbourhood or city might look like if it was WILD with nature. Write a story, make a short film, paint or make a sculpture or create a song  – whatever makes you BUZZ!

Email us a photo or publish your work and share it with us online. Great prizes to win. We’re also offering some opportunities to work alongside cool artists to help you make your vision. Plus your dream or vision could be chosen by the Imagine My City team to STAR in a city wide exhibition and showcase.

The 100 day challenge begins during Conservation Week (2-8 November) and runs through to mid February 2016.

Register your interest today and we’ll send you a reminder email when the challenge opens  EMAIL or phone 04 385 0087

 UNESCO Logo 70th anniversary
Imagine My City is a Wellington-based pilot project created through a partnership with Nature Through Arts Collective and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Its aim is to inspire and empower young people to join with others in their neighbourhoods to bring nature back to backyards and neighbourhoods.

Thanks to project partners 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!