Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku – meet the judges

Department of Conservation —  18/02/2021

Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku is a video competition for rangatahi aged 16-25 years old. Create a video sharing your ideas on how to ensure Papatūānuku thrives and win prizes. Meet the judges below and see what they had to say about Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku.

Get your videos in for Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku so your friends, whānau and people of Aotearoa can hear your ideas on ways to ensure Papatūānuku can thrive. Once you do, you will have the chance to win prize money of $1000 or $500 out of the six categories: Creative content; Te Reo Māori; Memory; Funny; Ambassador for protection of the rohe; and Rangatahi presenter choice.

Those who make it on the shortlist will be announced on Friday 19th and then the winners and runner ups will be announced on the 29th of March. Who is on the judging panel? Well, we’ve had a chat with them all and this is what they had to say about Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku.

Meet the judges:

Sonny Ngatai

Tēnā tātou! ko Sonny Ngatai tōku ingoa, he uri tēnei nō Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāi Te Rangi me Ngāi Tahu. Kei te noho au ki Te Whanga nui a Tara. The ideas and films created for ‘Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku’ will be crucial is contributing to our collective effort to address this climate emergency. Rangatahi are the change-makers, and this is just one way for them to influence the change we need. We may be young, but we will be old one day. The legacy we want to leave, starts today.

Stacey Morrison

Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku is an opportunity for the voices of taiohi to shine, to bring the world into their vision of how we should and can look after te taiao. I can’t wait to see what their creative, digital native approaches bring to this kaupapa that affects us all, and needs as many fresh, brave voices as possible. Mauri ora ki a Papatūānuku, mauri ora ki a tātou.

Tweedie Waititi

E ngā maunga, e ngā awa, ngā mātāwaka o motu tēnā tātou katoa, Ko Tweedie Waititi ahau. He mokopuna nā Apanui Waipapa . Our taiao is important to me and to us all, right now it’s calling for help. Film is a very powerful way for a message to travel. I’m excited for what our rangatahi dream up and to see what they create. Our lives will soon be in their hands and it’s time for us to listen.

Rob McGowan

I’m also known as Pa Ropata. I work for a team within DOC called Ngā Whenua Rahui, which works in helping Māori landowners care for their whenua. My specialty is the traditional uses of NZ native plants, especially for rongoā (traditional Māori medicine), and my special mission is to help ensure that knowledge is kept alive. I have been running wananga and workshops on Rongoā Māori for 30 years for those who want to learn.

I like the three questions for this competition on how we can make Papatūānuku thrive; What would you have like to see? What do you see? and What would you like to see in the future? The answers will be very interesting.

Tame Malcolm

Ko Ngāti Tarāwhai me Ngāti Pikiao ōku Iwi, otirā, no Te Waka o Te Arawa ahau.

I grew up in Rotorua learning mātauranga of the forest, hunting and fishing from my parents and wider whanau. As a result, I’ve spent my entire career working to protect our ngāhere.

I see this kaupapa as not only a great way of rangatahi engaging with Papatuānuku, but also a chance for me to learn more.

Need help?

If you need help making your 2-minute factual video then join in on our workshops! This week’s workshop, ‘Planning and Preparation’ kicks off at 4 pm on Thursday the 18th.  As you may have guessed, in this week’s workshop we’ll be helping you to plan and prepare your videos. So, bring your ideas, questions and concerns to this week’s workshop and we’ll chat about it together! To join in on the workshops and upcoming workshops stay tuned here.

To submit your video or for more information about Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku check out the information on this website. Email us at rangatahivids@doc.govt.nz if you have any questions and we will be happy to help you directly!

2 responses to Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku – meet the judges


    Well I am really looking to seeing the results of all these contestants. Lots of hidden talent out there.


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