EventsWild Ōtautahi: Speaking 4 the Planet

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Wild Ōtautahi: Speaking 4 the Planet

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


A public speaking, spoken word and visual arts competition, supporting school students to express their ideas for a better world.

Free, all welcome. No bookings required. 

Presented by Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch and the NZ Association for Environmental Education.

Wild Ōtautahi
Inspired by Gavin Bishop’s illustrations from his book Wildlife of Aotearoathis exhibition tells a story about the wildlife habitats of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Do you know how many different spiders live in Canterbury? Have you ever seen a wētā motel? How far do eels travel to mate? Do you know the name of a fish that likes to sunbathe? Explore Wild Ōtautahi in the Te Pito Huawera / Southbase Gallery and find the answers. Meander along Gavin Bishop’s original illustrations of animals living in our city, explore their living habitats and meet some of the heroes who help them survive. Can you be a hero too?

Gavin Bishop
Gavin Bishop is an award winning children’s picture book writer and illustrator who lives and works in Christchurch. As author and illustrator of over 70 books, his work ranges from original stories to retellings of Māori myths, European fairy stories, and nursery rhymes.

Wild Ōtautahi is inspired by his book, Wildlife of Aotearoa (2019), which explores New Zealand’s unique habitats and incredible wildlife through his marvellous illustrations.

Wildlife of Aotearoa by Gavin Bishop (Puffin, 2019)
Copyright © Gavin Bishop 2019, reproduced by permission of the artist and Penguin Random House NZ.

Public Programme

Please click on the links for more information on each event

Café Scientifique: Monday 12 April, 6pm - Foundation Café

Sensing Art Creative Workshops: 22 May and 29 May

Wild Animal Home Workshop: Sunday 30 May

Open Mic Poetry Night: Wednesday 16 June, 6pm

Suitable for:
All Ages
Speakers and presentations
Community groups in the library

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