A major visitor attraction is proposed for Christchurch based on the successful UK Eden Project www.edenproject.com.

From the Mountains to the Sea (Ki Uta Ki Tai) will tell the story of water through nature, culture and science.  Its proposed location is the Avonside Loop to form part of the Avon-Ōtākaro Network.

Tim Smit KBE, Co-founder the Eden Project will be visiting Christchurch and he will give a public talk on Friday 3 July at the Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margarets School at 6pm. 

All aspects of life are shaped by water. To the tangata whenua land represents the earth-mother; and together with air and water form an essential part of their mauri (life force, source of emotions).

To the scientific eye, the land on which we live has been shaped by snow, ice and water and water is seen as a source of production, wealth and opportunity.

As a bi-cultural society these sets of beliefs shape New Zealand’s contemporary views of resource management and the search for pathways to sustainability.

From snow covered mountains to the fertile lowland plains Ki Uta Ki Tai traces the numerous interactions between land, water and people. Generations of human endeavour have sought to harvest nature’s bounty in innovative and efficient ways. Ki Uta ki Tai tells the unfolding story of our endeavour, science and experiments in a continuing search for a catalyst to longevity, vitality and rebirth.

Through engagement with Ki Uta Ki Tai people will develop new understanding of the importance of water in their lives – and take home new perspectives on how to treat it gently.

“It will showcase New Zealand’s unique and varied environments from our alpine region to our wetlands and demonstrate our community’s commitment to regeneration and sustainability.” Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch.

“We have a vision to share with selected partners around the world to grow and build new and culturally distinct iconic centres that will each make their own unique contributions.” Sir Tim Smit, KBE, Co-founder the Eden Project.

50 tickets are available for CHS members free of charge. Please contact the CHS Office to register on tel: 366 6937 or email: office@chsgardens.co.nz

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