Canterbury Museum, Christchurch NZ
February - march 2017
We are pleased to announce that the New Zealand Tree Project will be making its first trip to the South Island. Our full range of content will be on display at the Canterbury Museum in the heart of Christchurch. The show will be opening on Friday 19 February 2017 and continue though to the end of March.
Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington
December 2016 - January 2017
The NZ team has been busy setting up another gallery show, this time in Wellington. Pataka Art + Museum will be hosting the NZ Tree Project for 6 week over the busy summer holiday period.
Modern Dinosaurs - Documentary
Modern Dinosaurs is a documentary series currently being filmed in New Zealand for the discovery channel. This iconic series celebrates the biological diversity and geographic splendour of one of the world’s most unique countries. In November the NZ Tree Project team were invited to be involved with filming in their absolute favourite forest - Pureora! Andrew and his climbing crew set up rigging in a large kahikatea near the road into Pureora village. This site was chosen because the road provided a great view of the canopy for the drone cameras. Catherine and Andrew were filmed amongst the spreading limbs of this forest giant, discussing the unique features of New Zealand's forest canopy and the thrill of exploring such large trees. It was a beautiful day and the view from the canopy was only made better by the darting kaka and flitting rifleman (birds) that joined in the action! The episode that features Pureora Forest will highlight the amazing podocarp trees of Pureora with a feature on their canopy ecosystems and the challenge of accessing the treetops.
International Society of Arboriculture ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, TExas
29 JULY - 2 AUGUST 2017
Exciting news! The New Zealand Tree Project goes international. Andrew Harrison has been invited to present at the ISA conference. This will be a great opportunity to share our conservation message, our unique approach and experiences to a large cross section of professional arborist tree climbing industry. the main goal was to hopefully inspire arborists to see trees from a different perspective and show how I had used my skills to work with a team of professionals from different disciplines to achieve something out of the ordinary.
Auckland FEstival of photography, Gus Fisher Gallery
27 May - 2 July 2016
As part of the exciting exhibition titled: WOOD: back to the future. The 4 metre-tall Rimu Portrait was displayed in Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery alongside works from Laurence Aberhart, the Tree Ring Laboratory and the Kauri Project.
Waikato Show, Claudelands Event Centre
8-10 April 2016
The EnviroExpo - an extravaganza of awesome environmental initiatives in the Waikato. Come along and be greeted by some wild and wonderful creatures from The Wildcare Trust and a 4 metre tall portrait of a giant Rimu tree from Pureora Forest (see pic) – thanks to the NZ Tree Project.
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
11-21 February 2016
The Hamilton Gardens, our very own International Garden of the Year, is the spectacular setting for theatre, music, art, dance, writers, ideas, circus and street performances for two weeks every Summer. This stunning exhibition celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of New Zealand’s native trees. Enjoy a never-before-seen view of a huge native Rimu tree, as part of this stunning display that includes a gallery of forest scenes, a documentary of the dramatic Pureora conservation stories and other awe-inspiring images - an unforgettable nature experience. Tree Climbing Demo, come learn how the NZ Tree Project team get to the tree tops for their amazing photography work and watch the Professional Tree Climbing Demo.
New Zealand GEOGRAPHIC FEATURE ARTICLE
JANUARY-FEBruARY edition 2016
https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/islands-in-the-sky/ Some of you may not have had the opportunity to read the NZ Geographic article in which the NZ Tree Project features. The issue came out in January this year and is now available online. The article features some great photos by Steve Pearce of the team climbing at Pureora. It also outlines other important canopy research that is being carried out in NZ.
RAMP CONTEMPORARY arts GALLERY
18 DECEMBER 2015 - 31 JANUARY 201
Moving into the RAMP gallery the very next day after the premiere the NZ team presented the work in its first gallery setting. The gallery is centrally located in Hamilton with high foot traffic through the very buys months of December and January. The exhibit beautifully converted the forest and the 4m rims portrait and saw many people realise that this ancient and uniquely NZ forest exists within a few hours of the city.
PREMIERE NIGHT AT THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
11 December 2015
180 sponsors, donors and supporters packed into the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Playhouse theatre for this one night only event. The premiere was a runaway success as indicated by the excellent feedback, smiles, raucous laughter and conversation. The NZTP team couldn't have expected such an outstanding show of support from a very broad and diverse cross section of the community.
The evening began with a beautifully moving mihi and blessing from Waikato-Tainui and Ngāti Rereahu which set a special atmosphere for the entire evening. After brief speeches from the University of Waikato's Professor Bruce Clarkson and the NZTP team, the excited crowd erupted into praise as they viewed the 4x2 metre Rimu Portrait and the full selection of large format printed works. The quality of the work and the rarely seen subjects had the crowd captivated.
Along with the printed works we of course had the first public viewing of our documentary "On the Shoulder of Giants". The film had the audience cheering mid presentation as they saw scenes from the past and saw family, friends in a story of their own turbulent history.
The NZTP team were left speechless by the support and found the event very rejuvenating after working for so long behind the scenes. The team's next big task is maintaining contact with outstanding exhibition confirmations from many Museums and Galleries all over New Zealand.