Papawai Park in Mt Cook. Sunday morning early. And thirty eager children and their parents experienced a drama that involved scientists, artists, actors, gecko- and- weta- wranglers, a talking fish and a shy elusive
Moa which the children chased with enthusiasm.
All part of Nature Through the Arts efforts to help children see the connection between science and the arts and imagine the city they would like Wellington (and Mt Cook/ Brooklyn area in particular) to be.
The initiative is backed by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO.
Nikki Wright the collective’s spokesperson said that the project draws on international research around children’s growing alienation from nature, now coined as “Nature Deficit disorder”.
What I should have mentioned is that between us Tony Burton and I have five talented and loveable adult children; Nikki Wright, a journalist, Justine Wright , a film editor in London, Tandi Wright an actor, Stephanie Burton a computer architect, Victoria Burton.a teacher, and ten grandchildren.
And I wanted also to mention that Tony and I both love warbling away. Every week we get together, to sing, with my sister, Jenny Pattrick and her husband Laughton, who is our choir master. (We just happen to be a bass, a soprano, an alto and a tenor.) Its just for our own entertainment. And its one of the great joys of of my life.