What a whirlwind of an adventure.
Finishing in Wanaka, being treated supremely well by Southland hospitality. Our minds, eyes, tummies and hearts nourished and full of stories and reflections to compile and share.
We arrived back in Auckland, and began receiving positive feedback.
Messages, emails, stories of what the roadshow meant to them.
We want to share those stories, and messages, and share heartfelt thank you to all our supporters on Pledgeme, away from Pledgeme and all the hosts at our events and for our accommodation.
But before that; a recap, summary & reflection the trip itself from each Team member.
Auckland: A conversation that brought a wide range topics to the table. Ranging from local issues in ihumatao to Ocean Science, to the potential of young people in driving change. Reinforcing the value and it’s core placement in the identity of New Zealanders. We really thought the presence of a farming voice would be valuable in this conversation as this is what is very often missed in the city.
Whangarei: A large gathering that brought together a wide range of people to talk about local issues and brought heated debate and discussion around the cause. That lead to a team forming to keep conversation alive.
Palmerston North: A small but mighty conversation, with 8 individuals who shared their feelings. We really enjoyed the intimacy of this event. Had we had the opportunity we would have liked to get more farmers (from different farming angles) to speak to this.
Wellington: We had a fabulous group of ideas and perspectives coming from audience members, especially in the unconference. As with Auckland we really thought the presence of a farming voice would be valuable in this conversation as this is what is very often missed in the city, this was however very hard to find. We also found it hard to bring iwi into the conversation.
Christchurch: Christchurch brought a great combination into the room, the diversity of those from the farming perspective combined with a more alternative approach brought great challenging of views. We loved the strong community values that we saw brought the entire panel together, no matter what their views.
Southland: We felt very honoured and heart warmed by the welcome from the south. We were very glad we decided to meet individuals doing their work as opposed to holding a single event. We meet Hamish, a Sheep and Beef farmer, Dave Diprose, Suzanne Hanning and Chris who are all involved in the Dairy sector and Chris Arbuckle and Eddie Spearing in the freshwater space.
An interesting learning was the diversity across New Zealand; who was much more engaged in the topic in different areas of the country. In some places certain perspectives were jumping to be part of the conversation and in others we literally could not find anyone that wanted to share.
We were humbled by the people that got behind what we were doing and it all reaffirmed kiwi’s love for the land and how we do all hold similar values.
It was interesting to see that the climate change topic was brought up much more readily in the cities in comparison to the country.
We have no regrets on running the campaign but in the future would definitely like to allow a lot more time to co.curate the events, ensuring that there is time for everyone to know about what we are talking of and allow us to build it with the community in a greater capacity. This can often be hard, as we were wanting to stay as unbiased as possible and we saw that it could appear that we are coming from one particular angle and are trying to convert others. Our real intention was just to get people to talk that would not usually. A value we really hold highly is ensuring all voices are present and often this was not possible on the panel or in the audience at all of the events because of the short time frame.
We also heard from some different community groups who thought we may not listen to the local community and be coming in to do the same thing that has already been done. We wanted to really compliment and add to what was being done in the community but use our strengths to bring what we could to this issue. It was unfortunate that we did not have time to foster all of these relationships and cocurate the events together.
Another learning was that was already present but became even more prevalent was that although the events brought value - bringing together individuals that had not come together over this issue. However to some degree these people are engaging in the conversation already, how to we bring more people that are less engaged in this conversation to speak, because this is when real change will happen, when we are all at the table!