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Join us on 22 May 2021, the international day for biodiversity in creating a giant image of a Ngutukākā/Kākābeak

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Join us on 22 May 2021, the international day for biodiversity in creating a giant image of a Ngutukākā/Kākābeak (Clianthus puniceus/Clianthus maximus), and be part of an international collaborative artwork - @withNature2020, to raise awareness of our biodiversity crisis and its causes.

We will stand together dressed in green and red to create an aerial image of Ngutukākā to be shared globally over social media including YouTube, while other species images unfold at multiple locations across the world.

Please register using the Eventbrite link by 15th may so we know which colour you will be wearing and where to place you in the image.

The event will take place at the John Hood Plaza outside the Sir Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland City Campus, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland CBD, Tāmaki Makaurau 1010. We are aiming for people to be standing in the image at 4:30pm so it can be shared by 5pm alongside the other international images.

The Ngutukākā/Kākābeak Ngutukākā has two species, both seriously threatened with extinction in the wild: Clianthus puniceus and Clianthus maximus. Its conservation status is Nationally Critical and it is found only in New Zealand.

Ngutukākā is named for its beautiful red flowers, which hang in clusters of 15-20 blooms and are shaped liked kaka's a beak. Hence Ngutu meaning beak/lips and Kākā meaning the native parrot of the same name.

Ngutukākā is a very nutritious plant and has no defences against browsing by deer, goats, pigs, hares, stock or introduced garden snails which are often found in the wild. Introduced plants, such as Mexican daisy, gorse and buddleia, which compete for habitat, also threaten its survival.

It is now commonly available in seed but most of these come from very limited gene pool, and with so few individuals left in the wild the genetic diversity of the species is at risk.

https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/kakabeak/

For more information about the work see:

http://www.emmakthomas.com/withnature2020/

https://www.cbd.int/action-agenda/contributions/action/...

Covid level one is not level zero so we recommend wearing a mask, signing in with our event QR code on arrival, and following safe hygiene practices.

This work was due to coincide with the rescheduled COP15-United Nations biodiversity conference, where countries were to create targets for the protection of biodiversity over the next decade. The conference has now been postponed for a second time. Our work will not be postponed a second time as we believe nature has waited too long already.

The fabric of life; of which we are part and on which we depend.

@withNature2020: on 22 May 2021 was originally schedule to occur in 2020 but due to COVID19 was postponed till this year.

Image by Bernard Spragg.

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