This short film segment filmed, directed & produced by Sharron Ward/Katalyst Productions for the BBC Travel Show broadcast on BBC World News to over 220 countries around the globe in September 2021 and had an accompanying article on the BBC website which is the world's most visited website. You can view the whole Travel Show Programme on Youtube here. You can also view the Te Urewera Rainforest segment itself on Vimeo here or in the video at the top of this page.
It was an incredibly spiritual experience to visit the remote Te Urewera Rainforest & Whakatau Rainforest Retreat, deep in the heart of Tūhoe country in the North Island of Aotearoa and to learn more about the Māori concept of Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship), of respecting and protecting the land, the water, and the sea - something in this global time of change we all need. To learn more about Te Urewera Treks you can visit their website here. To understand more about kaitiakitanga and the Maori world view - check our Instagram post here.
We highly recommend a visit to this excellent example of sustainable tourism in Aotearoa. With many thanks to Hinewai McManus and to Kiwa Social Media for the additional footage.