Bringing Auckland to the world during lockdown

Bringing Auckland to the world during the lockdown

A great video that captures the beauty and stillness of Auckland, New Zealand, is shared around the world. Produced by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) while New Zealand is locked out to fight COVID-19, Papatūānuku breathes resonated with New Zealanders and the global community – so much so that the video was translated into French and Spanish by two inspired viewers.

The two-minute video was produced by ATEED staff to create a connection and message that reflects the unique Maori culture of the region while using existing images of Auckland.

The voiceover was recorded at home by 11-year-old Manawanui Maniapoto Mills in Muriwai, on the rugged west coast of Auckland, and features taonga pūoro (traditional Maori instrumental sounds) haunting Moana and the Moahunters.

This includes the putaatara (opening sound of the conch shell), the purerehua (wind sound) and the kōauau (Maori flute sound at the end).

The New Zealand Department of Conservation provided the sounds of native birds.

In YouTube alone, the video has already been viewed more than 300,000 times on different platforms.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently announced an easing of its locking measures after the cessation of community transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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