Author(s): Moran Kevin
The Story of the Campaign To Save Te Waikoropupu Springs in poetry and images. Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay New Zealand is a national treasure. Crystal clear waters surge to the surface to form a bubbling fount. Over 90,000 people flock to visit each year. Many experience a spiritual presence. People return again and again.Yet Te Waikoropupu is under deadly threat. Nitrate leaching from intensive dairy farms is the culprit. The nitrate threatens the ecosystem of tiny creatures that clean the waters of the Arthur Marble Aquifer which feeds the Springs. An environmental battle has broken out between those who want to protect Te Waikoropupu and the Tasman District Council who wants to allocate more water to intensive dairy farmers. Kevin Moran is a poet-activist who coordinates the Save Our Springs campaign. His poetry tells the story of the fight to protect Te Waikoropupu. As you read the poems with their commentary and view the photographs and paintings you will enter the world of an environmental struggle. You will read of protests, passionate petitions and about the small Iwi battling to protect Te Waikoropupu through the implementation of a Water Conservation Order.