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Narrative of Place and How It Shapes People

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From the time humans stepped on to these islands, the land has shaped who we are as a people. The opening of the Wao Summit sets the scene for the week ahead in Wānaka and explores the narrative from the beginning of our history with this place. 

WHO IS THIS FOR: Whole Community, Tourism Ecosystem


  • Ron Bull - Tumuaki Whakaako at Otago Polytechnic
  • Paulette Tamati-Elliffe - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu 
  • Leslie van Gelder, archaeologist, writer, and educator

    The Wao Summit is a six day annual event held in Wānaka. Its aim is to inspire, educate and enable our transition as a community and nation to a healthy, thriving, diverse, carbon zero community. 

    This event is part of the Wao Summit 2021, check out the full programme here.

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