Water Protectors: The Story of the Campaign to Save Te Waikoropupū Springs in poetry and images
‘Water Protectors: The Story of the Campaign to Save Te Waikoropupū Springs in poetry and images’ is Kevin’s second book. As you read the 92 page book with its poems, photographs and art work you will enter the world of an environmental struggle. You will read of protests, passionate petitions and the tiny Iwi battling to protect Te Waikoropupū in Golden Bay through the implementation of a Water Conservation Order. Water Protectors is more than a book of poems. It’s the inside story of the battle to save a Living Treasure. It’s a cry for justice for the People of the Land. It sings the values of the heart. Book sales will support the Save Our Springs hikoi in the North Island over Oct, Nov, and Dec 2018 and Kevin’s ongoing water protection work.
‘Water Protectors’ – New Book
Kia ora friends, this morning I emailed Copy Press in Nelson and gave them the go-ahead to print the first 200 copies of my new book ‘Water Protectors: The Story of the Campaign to Save Te Waikoropupū Springs in poetry and Images.’ It feels so exciting! This is the second book of poetry I have published. But it feels so different from the first! It’s different because it’s not simply my story, it’s our story. It’s the story of ‘us,’ the water protectors who have come together to protect Te Waikoropupū.
The 92-page book will be on sale by the end of the September. We are organising a give-a- little campaign with books as rewards. We will also sell books on this website www.alchemicalpsalms.com and via firstname.lastname@example.org. Profits from book sales will support the Save Our Springs hikoi in the North Island over Oct, Nov, and Dec. The hikoi will tell the story of Te Waikoropupu and gather support for a national petition. The petition will ask the government to legislate to reduce the amount of nitrate fertiliser used in New Zealand.
Further information on the book will follow in the near future. In the meantime here’s a foretaste from the back cover;
Te Waikoropupū Springs in Golden Bay New Zealand is a national treasure. Crystal clear waters surge to the surface to form a bubbling fount. Over 90,000 people flock to visit each year. Many experience a ‘spiritual presence.’ People return again and again.
Yet Te Waikoropupū is under deadly threat. Nitrate leaching from intensive dairy farms is the culprit. The nitrate threatens the ecosystem of tiny creatures that clean the waters of the Arthur Marble Aquifer which feed the Springs. An environmental battle has broken out between those who want to protect Te Waikoropupū and the Tasman District Council who want to allocate more water to intensive dairy farmers.
Kevin Moran is a poet-activist who coordinates the Save Our Springs campaign. His poetry tells the story of the fight to protect Te Waikoropupū. As you read the poems with their commentary and view the photographs and paintings you will enter the world of an environmental struggle. You will read of protests, passionate petitions and the tiny Iwi battling to protect Te Waikoropupū through the implementation of a Water Conservation Order.