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SOUL are a community group working to save a historically, culturally and geologically significant parcel of land adjacent to the Otuataua Stonefields at Ihumātao, Māngere from being destroyed by a housing development.
We, the people, can protect Ihumatao and with you our journey continues.
You can help to protect Ihumātao by sharing SOUL Facebook posts, writing a letter to the editor of your favourite news source, emailing/writing Housing Minister Dr. Nick Smith, and simply by keeping in touch with the campaign and staying informed.

We all come with different affiliations to, and interests in the land at Ihumātao, but join hands in a single paramount concern: protection of all its values!!

Art exhibition shows the need to protect Ihumātao

Exhibition is open for just two more weeks.

Tues-Fri 10-5pm and Saturday 12-4pm.
Te Ihu o Mataoho: Rebecca Ann Hobbs
Gallery One, St Paul St Gallery (40 St. Paul St, City)
22 April – 27 May 2016

Te Ihu o Mataoho focuses on the Ihumātao peninsula, which encompasses the volcanic features Maungataketake, Otuataua, Waitomokia and most importantly Puketaapapa. Artist Rebecca Hobbs is working with SOUL, mana whenua, local residents, artists and others to respond to the area’s historic and contemporary geological, volcanic, social and cultural narratives. More here

You can see images of the artworks and of the crowd on opening night on artsdiary.co.nz

One of the videos produced for the exhibition can now be viewed online (see below).

Archeologist explains why Ihumātao is so significant

In this video, archaeologist Dave Veart takes us through the early history of the area:
"What we’re looking at – the first footprints of human beings
in New Zealand, at this place."

Take the time to watch this video here and, if you’re hungry for more, join Dave Veart in person, on the land for the upcoming June field trip: Experience Ihumātao (below).

Experience Ihumātao: guided field trip, Saturday 11 June

Next month we will have the chance to explore the human and geological history of Ihumātao on a guided field trip. The trip will explore shifting boundaries between geology, archaeology, and cultural landscapes on the Ihumātao Peninsula.

The field trip will take place on Saturday 11th June, 8.30am, Ihumātao, South Auckland. You will need to dress for the weather, bring sturdy footwear, and have a reasonable level of fitness. Bring your own lunch and refreshments. Itinerary and meeting points are as follows:

8:30 – 10:00 am: Maungataketake tuff outcrops and fossil forest.
10:15 – 11:00am: Mangere Lagoon explosion crater, tuff ring and lava flows.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Mangere Mountain Education Centre, and Mangere Mountain.
1:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Otuatāua Stonefields Historic Reserve

We would really recommend participating in the whole day, but you are welcome to join at any of the meeting points throughout the day. Join the Experience Ihumatao Facebook event for fuller details of the itinerary or to hear of any changes to the schedule: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753709734864340/.

Hosted by
Bruce Hayward (geologist, author), and
Dave Veart (archaeologist, author, and historian).
no cost, any koha appreciated.

Please direct any enquiries to Ilmars Gravis

SOUL Sunday 8 May was attended by Forest and Bird members yesterday, who generously shared their knowledge on the Mawhai (Native Cucumber). Ihumātao is the only place on the New Zealand mainland that Mawhai grows.
The story of Ihumātao will reach as far afield as Cuba

Last week we had a visit from Yexenia Calzado from the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples. She took a guided tour through the Otuataua Stonefields and exchanged stories and experiences with the children and people of the local village. She appreciated the opportunity to learn about the significance of the land and the campaign to stop the housing development, and has taken that experience back with her to Cuba.

Thanks for keeping yourself updated.

You are always welcome to contribute your time and energy to the SOUL campaign to protect Ihumātao.
We run on people power and we need you!

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Kia kaha!
-SOUL

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