Slow Flow - Te Ia Kōrero - 2010


Slowflow 2010 was a trip down the Whanganui River, Aotearoa/New Zealand between Jan 21st and Jan 31st 2010. Slowflow will be run again in 2011 dates to be announced soon.

Slowflow invited artists, technologists, writers and environmentalists on a 10 day journey down the Whanganui River by double hulled 22 person waka haurua (canoe) and bicycle, creating a setting for a flow of conversations - Te Ia Kōrero.

Slowflow imagines living in a post carbon future where physical transport has slowed to human speed, energy use is constrained and renewable, production is collaborative and relocalised. Taking a few days out from global hypermobility, slowflow models the contemporary ecotopian dream and paddles and cycles it through a landscape of narratives.

The journey starts high up the Whanganui River beneath the volcano Ruapehu and passes through the native bush for 5 days by river, staying at marais on the way. Emerging from the forest and shifting to bicycles, it continues to sites of counter cultural interest, Jerusalem, the abandoned Ahu Ahu Ohu commune and the Wanganui Police Computer, before reaching the river mouth and the wider network of the sea.

At each site a local expert is invited to give a short talk about the historical context of the site.

Participants are asked to bring a project to make or experiment with on the trip. Whether it be a piece of technology, a piece of media, an art work, doumentation of the trip, some writing, or music the collective common wealth of works will form the basis of an exhibition at the Greenbench in 2011.

Works from Slowflow 2009 will be shown at the Green Bench opening Jan 31st 2009.

(Slowflow 2009 trip page is here.)


For detail of where to join Slowflow including maps and timings see Meeting Points 2010

Date Activity/Location
Thursday 21st Jan
Day Bus - Whanganui - RauRimu - Whakahoro
Launch waka - paddle 1 hr - Whitianga
Night Whitianga Marai
Friday 22nd Jan
Day 6 hours paddle
Night Mangapapapa
Saturday 23rd Jan
Day Project day Manganpapapa
Night Mangapapapa
Sunday 24th Jan
Day 6 hours paddle
Stop at Mangapurua - walk in to Bridge to Nowhere
Night Tieke
Monday 25th Jan
Project Day Tieke
Night Tieke
Tuesday 26th Jan
Day Paddle to Pipiriki - Bicycle to Jerusalem
Night Jerusalem
Wednesday 27th Jan
Day Shared meal with a Permaculture design workshop Jerusalem
Night Jerusalem
Thursday 28th Jan
Day 1/2 Day cycle to Ātene Marai
Night Atene
Friday 29th Jan
Community Weekend, Kōrerorero
Night Ātene Marai
Saturday 30th Jan
Walk into Ahu Ahu Ohu (tbc)
Night Ātene
Sunday 31st Jan
Day Cycle to Whanganui
Visit to Pākaitore
Whanganui Police Computer
Night Slowflow Show opening at Greenbench


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All boating equipment will be provided. We have a number of recycled bicycles from Whanganui Green Bikes including one tandem and can provide these for people who can't bring their own.

Food and accommodation will be provided. Please indicate your food preferences on the registration form.

You will need to bring appropriate clothing. For a full list of what to bring check out the Packing List


Slowflow is organised by:

  • The Green Bench
  • One River Many Journeys

Slowflow partners with:


Community Days

In the lower section of the journey Jan 28th - 31st 2010 Slow Flow opens up to visitors.

People wishing to accompany the trip should provide their own bicycle, food and tent and register below.


Included in the full price are transport from Wanganui, boat and equipment hire, food, accomodation, and bicycle hire.

Costs are $100 New Zealand Dollars per person per day.

Community Day costs $20 per adult per night payable on the day for camping and facilities - children welcome and free!

Payment will be required before the start of the trip.

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Formal invitations can be supplied on request by the Green Bench for those able to seek funds from their institutions or funding organisations and for visa purposes.

Support and Collaboration

If you or your organisation would like to offer any kind of support or suggest any other type of collaboration please email slowflow at greenbench dot org.


A printable A6 flyer is available here.