Why dragon? Sunday Star Times published today Enter the taniwha, an interview with Taika and his two cousins, Jaimie and Tweedie. In Māori mythology, taniwha have been described as fabulous monsters that live in deep water. Others refer to them as dragons. They may be protective guardians or in some traditions dangerous, predatory beings. Taika is joining his family in the fight to protect his land and water from deep sea oil drilling.
Here are some excerpts from the article,
The tribe Te Whanau a Apanui is protesting at the government’s decision to grant the world’s third-largest petroleum company, Petrobras, a five-year permit to explore for natural gas and oil off the Raukumara Basin.
Will the Waititi name help the cause?
Taika: “It’s not like my favourite pastime is to jump on every cause and every issue and put my face on it. But this is a very obvious one for me to take part in, because it means quite a lot to me. I’m sure it’s not going to change John Key’s mind – I’m sure he doesn’t give a shit.
“I’m sure there are a lot of people who think it will be good for the economy. But there are a lot of screwed-up things that people have done, thinking they are good for the economy.”
He’s home for a short time to lend a hand to Tweedie’s protest documentary.
“How I imagine I can be effective is to encourage people to try and understand what is going on out there. No one really has a good idea of what’s at stake or what it means.”
“I don’t want to go back there [Waihau Bay] and look at some stupid big piece of machinery out in the ocean.”
They’re putting their combined talents into a sustained creative campaign. Expect concerts, documentaries, competitions, art exhibitions, T-shirts, posters and comic strips. An internet-based campaign will kick off in the next fortnight. They say they are not radicals – but they are in this for as long as it takes.
A video by GreenpeaceNZ.
More at Stop Deep Sea Oil in NZ.