Kauri Lounge at the Ellen Melville Centre

Design students from Auckland’s Media Design School (MDS) have partnered with Ellen Melville Centre to create an ‘urban forest’ installation at Ellen Melville Centre from Monday 17 – Friday 21 September, as part of a series of Conservation Week activations.

The installation, titled ‘Kauri Lounge’, will be set up in the Helen Clark Room, and uses a combination of projections, sculptures and sound effects to simulate a New Zealand bush setting in and around the existing lounge seating.

Throughout Conservation Week the Ellen Melville Centre will also play host to a series of talks and school visits intended to raise awareness of kauri dieback disease, an issue that is especially pertinent in light of the recent closure of Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges.

Speaker Timetable – (All sessions are held from 12 - 1pm in the Helen Clark Room)

Mon 17/9: Dr Mels Barton (Kauri Rescue): Citizen Science and a community treatment trial
Tues 18/9:  Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng (Auckland University): Climate change and its impact on kauri
Wed 19/9: Chris McBride and Ariane Craig-Smith (The Kauri Project): Using art as a language for raising awareness and promoting understanding of kauri dieback disease
Thurs 20/9: Jeanie Allport, (Auckland Council):  A Controlled Area Notice: what this means, how it’s working
Fri 21/9: Dr Nick Waipara, (Plant and Food Research): A bio history of kauri dieback in New Zealand

Park for $2 per hour, to a maximum of $10 on evenings and weekends at the Victoria St car park. Find out more.

Last updated: 11 June 2019