This feature-length documentary is based on interviews with 10 individuals who use New Zealand's natural environment for good, whilst respecting the land and that of earth mother Papatūānuku. The interviewees, from all corners of the country, range from bird callers, conservationists and those who use the fruits of the forest for rongoā Māori — traditional Māori healing. They have a simple message: that we need to shift our consciousness to help our environment. Earth Whisperers - Papatūānuku premiered at Christchurch's Hollywood Cinema in 2009, and later played at many international film festivals.
So this is the Paparoas — thankfully it's now a national park. It took something like 20 years of absolute hard slog, fighting as political activists to get this place protected. Frankly, I think it's the best thing I've ever done in my life, working with those people and achieving this success.– Environmentalist and photographer Craig Potton
Music performed by Aroha Yates-Smith, Bob Bickerton and Richard Nunns
Waiata composed by Aroha Yates-Smith