EcoFest West brings local arts lens to Whau River

Between March 21 and April 19, Aucklanders can enjoy more than 100 events, most of which will be free and family-friendly.

EcoFest West is an annual celebration of the communities restoring our local environment, and learning how to live more sustainably in our neighbourhoods.

People of all ages are encouraged to reconnect with our natural landscape, learn eco-friendly household hacks, and view climate change through the lens of local artists.

The 2020 programme, “Arts on Climate Change,” takes inspiration from our flourishing Avondale arts community, as well as the imminent launch of Te Hau o Te Whau – a 5-year Crown research project into microplastics in the Whau river.

The project shines a national spotlight right here on our local awa sparking a range of arts events to celebrate Te Whau.

  1. Creator of the My Backyard Garden Project, Brent Mags, has built a Confessional out of pallet compost bins. Here you’ll confess your “environmental sins,” receive “biodegradable absolution” and go in the draw to win a bespoke compost system.

  2. Artist Lea Schlatter revives Land Forms, an interactive work using mapping technology for participants to create their own topographic paper sculpture.

  3. Dancer Cathy Livermore invites you down to the river to take part in a work of reconnection in Māuri Tuu, Māuri Ora.

  4. Awa Stories, in collaboration with I Love Avondale, shares the memories of eight people, including six Avondale locals, in a roadside photographic exhibition above the old 3 Guys site. You will be taken on a journey from Tuvalu and Zanzibar to Te Whau.

Visit for the full EcoFest West 2020 Programme.


Local, Ina Patisolo is producer of the Arts on Climate Change category in this year’s EcoFest West, an annual festival by EcoMatters Environment Trust.

Ina was drawn to work in the environment sector through her personal commitment to reducing waste and making life less consumer-driven. “It can be hard to always do good for the environment,” she says “but I have a personal life mantra to just ‘go out there and try sh*t!’”

Outside of EcoMatters, Ina is mother to Lagi and Tiso; Bike Avondale administrator; zero waste events warrior; and generally, a “liberal leftie.”