EcoFest, the month-long festival of events and activities with an environmental flavour, got officially underway on Thursday 28 February with a party at the PumpHouse Theatre.
Eighty guests, either supporters of or event hosts for the festival, enjoyed the ambience of the PumpHouse and took afternoon tea amid summer sounds provided by Birkenhead College’s Jazz Trio.
A symbolic woven sculpture made of harakeke, designed and created by flax educator Judy Te Hiwi, was presented to Festival Manager Louisa Chase who invited guests to weave their own personal tokens onto the art-piece.
Speakers included long-time conservationist Gordon Ell, movie-maker Nancy Lan, performance poet and climate change activist Nalini Singh, and Councillor Wayne Walker. Mr Walker, who chairs the Auckland Council’s Environment & Sustainability Forum, wished the festival well saying “EcoFest is a real grass-roots festival. I am delighted there are so many events planned and I recommend people go along and enjoy as many of these activities as they can”.
Enjoying the ambience of the PumpHouse Theatre are (left to right) Hamish Hopkinson (Kaipatiki Project Manager), Councillor Ann Hartley, Councillor Wayne Walker, Tabitha Becroft (Deputy Chair of Kaipatiki Project) and Lindsay Waugh (Chair of Kaipatiki Local Board).
Photos: Thanks to H2 Photography www.h2photo.co.nz