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Common Ground Conversations about Water

Aidio of round circle discussions at the Common Ground Festival 2017 Hub touching off important issues relating to groundwater and the role of the arts and other disciplines.

Monday 27 February 7-9pm: Korokoro Stream, sensitive urban design and ecological restoration

Includes artists Kedron Parker, Liana Stupples, Huhana Smith and Birgit Bachelor, ecologist and volunteer Paula Warren, ecological engineer Stu Farrant, Wellington Tenths Trust Chair and water management engineer Morrie Love, Korokoro Environment Group’s Jill Haggie and Whitebait Connection’s Sarah Neighbours.

Tuesday 28 February 7-9pm: What Do Artists Contribute? River and flood management, science and planning.

Includes artists Gabby O’Connor, Andrea Selwood and Brydee Rood, GRWC’s Ross Jackson, flood manager Alistair Allan, Hutt Valley High teacher Connor Baird, curator Bruce Phillips, Hydrogeologist and Environmental Consultant Simon Liddell, and environmental planners Boffa Miskell.

Wednesday 1 March 7.30-9pm: The local politics of water. Waiwhetu Stream and artesian aquifer, and the value systems ascribed to water.

Includes artists Johanna Mechen, Angela Kilford, Aliyah Winter, Tanya Te Miringa Rorarangi Ruka, Waiwhetu marae kaumatua Teri Puketapu, Wellington Water wastewater manager Steve Hutchinson, Million Metres Stream Project Manager Georgina Hart and ecological engineer Stu Farrant.

Thursday 2 March 6.30-8pm: Imagining a river and an aquifer – the role of storytelling, music, performance and art.
Includes artist Murray Hewitt, writer Moira Wairama, singer Susie Hardie, groundwater scientist Sheree Tidwell, artist Sam Broad, Dowse curator Melanie Oliver, artist Johannes Mueller-Welschof, Victoria University Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture Peter Connelly, artist Tim Barlow and river ranger Travis Moody.

Friday 3 March 7.30-9.30pm: Advocating for Water: treating water as more than just a thing
Includes artist Julian Priest, ecological advocate and teacher Dr Mike Joy, Friends of Waiwhetu Stream’s Merilyn Merrett, DOC ecologist abnd policy analyst Paula Warren, and Senior Environmental Officer NZ Defence Force Harley O Hagan.