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Long-tailed Bat/Pekapeka Tou Roa: Life, Flight and Plight


Wed 6 Nov 2019, 10:00am–2:00pm
Thu 7 Nov 2019, 10:00am–2:00pm
Fri 8 Nov 2019, 10:00am–2:00pm
Sat 9 Nov 2019, 10:00am–2:00pm
Sun 10 Nov 2019, 10:00am–2:00pm

Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Ln, Henderson, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: barclaysophie

Saturday Nov 2nd – 11am – 1pm
Make your own 3-D paper pekapeka!
Artist and Illustrator Sophie Watson will guide you through making your own flying model bat in this simple workshop. You can choose from life size or oversize in naturalistic or fantastic colours! Participants need to be comfortable using scissors and glue. Materials and templates provided. Suitable for children aged between 6 – 14 years

Saturday 2nd of November 11 – 2pm
Bat chat!
Sophie, our resident pekapeka expert, will also be onsite to answer any tricky questions and give demonstrations of the handheld bat detectors!

Saturday Nov 9th 11am – 1pm
Night time Flight time
Artist Ashlee Tawhiti will help you create your own nighttime bat artwork, where little pekapeka fill the night sky.

Participants need to be comfortable using scissors. Materials and templates provided.
Suitable for children aged between 5 – 10 years

You are warmly invited Pekapeka tou roa: Life, Flight and Plight, an exhibition celebrating the pekapeka tou roa - Aotearoa's criticically-endangered, native, long-tailed bat. It weaves together artistic responses, oral histories, scientific information and interactive learning opportunities.

The exhibition arose out of a collaboration between the arts community and Community Waitākere, who invited a select group of artists to take part in a research project based in Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa (the Waitākere Ranges) in January.

A portion of sales generated through the exhibition will go towards new bat detectors and a citizen science initiative which will research pekapeka tou roa populations in and around West Auckland.

Featuring art work by artists Mandy Patmore, Jermaine Reihana, Charlotte Graham, Sophie Watson, Rosanna Raymond, Josh Paki, Ruth Woodbury, Numa Mackenzie, Erin Forsyth, Melissa Hastings and Joshua Solomon.

These tiny mammals, roughly the size of your palm and weighing about as much as a couple of two dollar coins, are facing a slew of threats including introduced pests, kauri dieback, tree removal and poor water quality (they feed on insects that come off streams). The pekapeka tou roa is cirtically endangered, just like the kakapo, and their population is set to drop 70 per cent if we don’t intervene.

The Wise Collective, a collective of former refugees and migrants, is also involved and will be working with Community Waitākere to make bat stuffed toys available for purchase during the exhibition. The tiny stuffed bats will sell for $10 and raise money for pekapeka conservation.

Corban Estate Arts Centre is a ten minute walk from the Henderson train station. Where possible, please try and use public transport or carpool to visit the exhibition.

*More information about Community Waitākere's Pekapeka Tou Roa O Waitākere Project**

The project aimed to radio-track pekapeka tou roa to get more information about the behaviour of this little-known species, including where they roost, how kauri dieback is affecting them, and information about their breeding status. The project also trained local volunteers and conservationists to undertake bat radio tracking, and raised awareness about pekapeka and their habitat.

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