WWF launches new creative competition calling for New Zealanders’ Ocean:Views
The grand prize is a trip for two to the Pacific Islands to witness ocean wildlife from whales to seabirds and turtles that travel through New Zealand’s vast oceans on their epic migrations.
“For generations, our oceans have inspired us, helped define who we are as a nation – and they remain a vital part of New Zealand life today,” said WWF-New Zealand’s Marine Programme Manager, Rebecca Bird.
“New Zealanders love spending time on, near or by the ocean, in summer we head out with surf boards, fishing rods or boats in our thousands. If we’re lucky enough to see a pod of Maui’s dolphins or witness a soaring albatross, it’s an exhilarating experience and part of our great Kiwi passion for spending time at the beach or on the water. We are launching Ocean:Views to celebrate New Zealand’s unique and diverse oceans, and our special connection with them,” she said.
The winners of the competition will be announced at a special celebratory event on World Oceans Day (8 June 2011), before the short-listed and winning works are exhibited throughout the country. Some of New Zealand’s leading creative talents are judging the Ocean:Views competition, to be announced over the coming weeks.
The competition launches the first day of summer – 1 December - with a public event from 4pm at Wellington’s waterfront near Te Papa Tongarewa, when WWF is installing a giant picture frame looking out to sea. WWF is inviting members of the public to take part in creating a chalk artwork designed to inspire New Zealanders to enter the competition and share their own Ocean:View.
Along with our familiar rocky shores and iconic beaches, New Zealand’s oceans cover a vast area of staggering natural diversity, from the remote subtropical Kermadec Islands in the north, to icy subantarctic waters in the south. Scientists estimate they have found and named only a fraction of the species that live in our seas.
“The mystery and vastness of our oceans have long been a source of creative inspiration for New Zealanders, from writers such as Maurice Shadbolt to contemporary artists like Stephen Templer,” said WWF’s Rebecca Bird.
“Every submission to Ocean:Views will be a complete piece of work in itself, but it’s going to be very exciting to put together all the pieces to create a completely unique reflection of how we, as a nation, view our oceans - our national story of why our oceans and our people are inseparable. We hope Ocean:Views inspires New Zealanders to think about our oceans, and the opportunity we all have to protect marine life so future generations can enjoy what we have today,” said WWF’s Rebecca Bird.
Ocean:Views is free to enter, and open to all New Zealanders or New Zealand residents. Download a competition entry kit and submit your entry online at: wwf.org.nz/oceans. The competition closes for entries in April 2011.
WWF-New Zealand’s creative partner is Ocean Design. The competition is supported by many people and organisations including Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ), Auckland Zoo, and Kelly Tarltons.
For more information, please contact: Jenny Riches WWF-New Zealand Marketing & Communications Manager, 04 4714288 / 0274477158
About New Zealand’s oceans
• New Zealand’s marine environment is an astonishing 4.2 million square kilometres - a vast area of staggering natural diversity, ranging from the subtropical Kermadec Islands and its 10km deep trench in the north to icy subantarctic waters in the south. New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone is the fifth largest in the world.
• New Zealand’s marine environment is a central part of its culture and history. Our oceans sustained Māori and then provided the resources for the livelihoods of the first Europeans. Today, our marine environment provides a fifth of our export revenue and lures foreign tourists, and it remains integral to what it means to be a New Zealander.
• New Zealand’s oceans are a global hotspot for biodiversity, yet less than 1 percent of our oceans are fully protected. New Zealand’s oceans are home to tens of thousands of species of seabirds, dolphins and whales, fish, corals and other wildlife – almost half of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Protecting New Zealand’s unique marine life is a global priority for WWF.
About WWF-New Zealand
WWF-New Zealand is part of WWF, the global conservation organization. WWF-New Zealand works to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Through WWF’s global reach, local presence and scientific rigour, it establishes innovative partnerships and seeks ambitious solutions for a living planet. For more information, visit wwf.org.nz