Slow Flow - Te Ia Kōrero - 2011


Registration is now open for Slowflow 2011, a trip down the Whanganui River, Aotearoa/New Zealand between Feb 3rd 2011 and Feb 7th.

Slowflow invites artists, technologists, writers and environmentalists on a 5 day journey down the Whanganui River waka, 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 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. This year we will be in 6 person canoes.

Participants are invited 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 be added to an exhibition at the Greenbench in 2011 including works from the 2010 slowflow.


For detail of where to join Slowflow including maps and timings see Meeting Points 2011

Date Activity/Location
Thursday 3rd Feb
Day Bus - Whanganui - RauRimu - Whakahoro
Launch waka - paddle 1 hr - Whitianga
Night Whitianga Marai
Friday 4th Feb
Day 6 hours paddle
Night Mangapapapa
Saturday 5th Feb
Day Project day Manganpapapa
Night Mangapapapa
Sunday 6th Feb
Day 6 hours paddle
Stop at Mangapurua - walk in to Bridge to Nowhere
Night Tieke
Monday 7th Feb
Paddle to Pipiriki
Return Transport to Whanganui


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All boating equipment, lifejackets, 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 2011 partners with:


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

Costs are $600 New Zealand Dollars per person ($120 per day per person)

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.

Registration is now open.