Rohe Kōreporepo – The Swamp, the Sacred Place

Rohe Kōreporepo – The Swamp, the Sacred Place

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In this New Zealand documentary, 60 kaitiaki swamp guardians throughout Aotearoa replant and re-flood the repo, restoring old intimate relationships with Rohe Kōreporepo, the sacred places. More

"Wetlands are like terrestrial sponges – when it rains, they soak up water. When it’s dry, they slowly release moisture to nearby land and groundwater reservoirs. They also trap sediments running off the land, helping to keep our rivers and oceans clean. They store carbon. Yet, to Aotearoa’s European settlers, wetlands were one of the country’s most maligned geographical features. To create dry land for farming and settlements, wetlands were deprived of water – rivers were widened and diverted, willows were planted and swamps were drained, until only 10 percent of the country’s wetlands remained.

"In these days of eco-anxiety and climate anxiety, we need positive stories to show us the way forward. In Rohe Kōreporepo – The Swamp, the Sacred Place we are introduced to the diversity of Aotearoa’s wetlands through aerial footage and the tangata whenua, landowners, government agencies and army of volunteers who are using mātauranga Māori and scientific knowledge to restore them." (Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival)

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2021Rating: Exempt70 minsNew Zealand
DocumentaryFestival & Independent

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Rohe Kōreporepo – The Swamp, the Sacred Place | Release Details

Rohe Kōreporepo – The Swamp, the Sacred Place is now playing in 3 cinemas in New Zealand.