MEET THE TEAM
25 OCEAN ENTHUSIASTS
I'm a big believer in that success is about making other peoples lives better. Imagine if every person and company had this mantra in mind when they produced products or services. How much better this world would be?
I have long been fascinated by the natural environment, whether it be the vast expanses of ocean or the coexistence of diverse species in our native bush. The problem is, our actions are undeniably destroying it. Be part of the change, not the cause.
There’s a quote on my bedroom wall I read every day. “When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, the last stream poisoned, you will realise you cannot eat money” - Alanis Obomsawin. What’s your why?
My connection to the environment has always been through an indigenous perspective. The interchangeability of people and nature is infused in our values, our culture, and even within our language. “Ko wai au” can be translated to mean “who am I?” and “I am water.”
The ocean is overflowing with such serenity, it’s my peaceful escape and a place I’ve called home since I was just a teenie wahine. It’s energy never fails to enliven me daily, and it’s so crushing to know that something so special has become a global garbage can.
We are destroying the very thing that makes me happy. I'm apart of this because I want the generations after me to enjoy the ocean like I have.
I’m a videographer primarily within the Travel and Tourism niche. During my travels I have come to personally experience the impact that single use plastics have had on our oceans. I’m here to do my best to share these perspectives and to usher in true change.
Are we not an extension of mother nature itself?
There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action. Which is exactly why the idea of 25 ocean frothing kiwi's coming together to fight issues so much larger than themselves just goes to show that there's hope.
I am a part of the ocean as the ocean is a part of me. If it dies some of me will too and I’m sure this applies for everyone. I’m here to protect what I love just like anyone else would.
Everyone has to play their part. This is the part I have chosen to play.
While exploring the relationship between man & Earth I’ve found the most powerful form of communication is bridging the gap between art and science. By intertwining the two we can build a stronger narrative, ultimately leading towards a more sustainable future.
I guess the ocean is my home, my happy place, my getaway, nothing gives me more joy than swimming out in the surf whether it being flat as a pancake to 3-4 meter walls. Sadly the walls of my home ( the ocean ) are being covered in trash, you wouldn’t mess up someone’s or your own, so why mess up mine?
Growing up in a house on the edge of Auckland’s Shoal Bay, I have seen from a young age the detrimental effects human interference can have on an ocean environment. It also taught me a deep understanding of how the ocean affects us, and the effects we have on the ocean. Project Blue allows me to finally put my strong desire to do something about the threat of losing precious coastal ecosystems into action.
As someone who looks for the beauty in everything, it’s hard not to have your breath taken away by Mother Nature’s boundless symmetry. To stand idle at the catastrophic destruction of our own hands, is to deny a perfect gift in exchange for convenience.
For me I’ve always been around the ocean, it’s one of the largest inspiration for my work.
It is hard to grow up in country like NZ and not have a love for the ocean, but aside from the beauty and marvel synonymous with the ocean, it is a crucial life source for all organisms that needs our protection. Using my creativity to help in any way is not only a privilege but my responsibility as a human being living and breathing on this earth.
I have found my life’s purpose and inspiration through te taiao, privileged to have spent more time in, on, and around the ocean than not. It is not my privilege to keep, rather my promise to share.
Growing up in New Zealand the ocean was embedded into my everyday life. It’s taught me valuable lessons and introduced me to a world of opportunity and adventure. It’s power, beauty and resilience is like no other and without it we are quite literally nothing. Being a photographer and sharing my perspective of the ocean with others is one my greatest privileges.
The ocean has always been home for me, It’s a place of unparalleled beauty and endless possibilities. As stewards on this land, we have a duty to protect it so we and future generations can continue to enjoy it.
Mother nature and the ocean environment has inspired me and challenged me throughout my life. We all have the earth in common and therefore need to remember that the earth does not belong to us but we belong to the earth. We need to preserve its natural beauty and maintain its strength for generations to come. The ocean is calling out for help, and we all need to do our bit to help it.
'Is this what you mean: that the river is in all places at once, at its source and where it flows into the sea, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the ocean, in the mountains, everywhere at once, so for the river there is only the present moment and not the shadow of the future?' - Siddartha