Quite out of its own making an Eco-Play theme emerged in Paekākāriki for No8 Wire Week, following individuals and community groups suggesting things they would like to do as part of the programme. Jan Nisbet, Friends of Whareroa Farm member held biodiversity walk-in Whareroa Farm. Low Carbon Kāpiti held a “Mid Winter Hullabaloo”. offering an afternoon of ‘Climate Friendly Fun’, including a dance class, improv session and a large-scale construction of a cardboard windmill.
Meanwhile, Liana Stupples and her crew of helpers were busy transforming a patch of land occupied by the Paekākāriki Organic Gardeners group on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Park into a pop-up wild playground - to capture peoples imagination and encourage playing in nature with simple materials.
Over the following two days, something quite magical happened. Bunting, flags logs, planks, harakeke, bed sheets and a grassy bank beckoned young and old. Upon arrival people were warned that they were in ‘serious danger of having a fun time'. People younger than 14 were asked to bring an adult to show them how to play and everyone was cautioned to ‘watch out! for the imaginative possibility of dirt, sticks and leaves'. Over 450 people came along to build teepees, huts, nests, intricate miniature castles and fairy houses, or to just play in the mud, roll down the grassy banks or steer the ship through a sea of oncoming pirates.
Sunday 15 July
WHAREROA PLANTING & BIODIVERSITY WALK Whareroa Farm Reserve. Help plant for an hour, and then get up close to nature. Meet at Whareroa Reserve Farm carpark, MacKays Crossing. Bring warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Finish with a bbq sausage.
LOW CARBON KĀPITI MID-WINTER HULLABALOO St Peter's Hall, Paekākāriki. Build a giant wind turbine, try improvisation with Sarah Kirwin, use conscious movement with Open Floor Dance teacher Kaia Hawkins. Play games together and make art, or share stories and ideas in the chillout zone. Koha
Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 July
POP-UP WILD PLAY Community Gardens, Paekākāriki. Come and help build a pop-up wild play space made from scratch.