Sharing the Waiwhakaiho

The sharing the Waiwhakaiho Living Lab project was a collaboration between Massey University, Taranaki Regional Council (TRC), Intercreate and NIWA. This project used a Living Lab approach to enhance community connectedness, innovation, multidisciplinarity and knowledge co-production to address sustainability of the Waiwhakaiho River. One of the Taranaki region’s largest rivers, the Waiwhakaiho River has high cultural, aesthetic, recreational, ecological and economic value to the people and iwi of Taranaki.

At the core of the Sharing the Waiwhakaiho project were researchers and creative professionals working with the community, tangata whenua, local government and industry to collect, share and interpret social, cultural and environmental content in innovative ways. They explored the potential for digital storytelling methods, social media and devices, environmental data sensing and geolocated interpretation to promote and engage community in understanding the diverse ways in which the river is known.

The project culminated in the launch of a website, the production of a documentary and innovative digital art projects which brought together the stories of the Waiwhakaiho River, connecting art, science, technology, community and tangata whenua in order to promote a deeper understanding of the river, and augmenting the amenity of the river for its diverse stakeholders. Closer working relationships with national, regional and local policy-makers and organisations were developed through the project, and Massey University was able to strengthen its connections with the Taranaki Region.

Project website

Sharing the Waiwhakaiho

Art projects

Sharing the Waiwhakaiho

The documentary by Anand Rose of Green Cow, is one of the creative projects that integrates cultural viewpoints, local individuals and communities with several disciplines of academia in relation to the Waiwhakaiho River.

The River Speaks

Ian Clothier, Andrew Hornblow and Nina Czegledy

Data from the Waiwhakaiho River determines sound heard and video played – connecting the environment, data, knowledge and culture.

River Resonations

Trudy Lane

Gps-located voice recordings in the landscape of Tupare gardens heard via a smartphone application. The sound installation reflected on the many different relationships with the Waiwhakaiho River.

River resonations art project

Tiahoaho: bearing light on the Waiw’akai’o

Kura Puke and Stu Foster

A projection image of light and sound using 3D animation techniques and an infrared lens. This work acknowledged the interrelationships of Waiw’akai’o Awa and Ngā Tawhirikura.

Tiahoaho: bearing light on the Waiw’akai’o art project

Media links

River's beauty draws researchers' interest
Print version Taranaki Daily News, 11 November 2014

Waiwhakaiho River inspires digital artwork
Radio New Zealand National Originally aired on Summer Report, Monday 5 January 2015

Massey media releases and Massey News

Tales of a Taranaki river in a digital age, 30 October 2014

Art and science in Waiwhakaiho river project, 10 Feb 2015

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