Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand


The Biggest Little Farm - free film screening and Q&A

16/04/2021 - 05:29

When it comes to global challenges such as climate change and sustainable food systems, the European Union firmly believes that “he waka eke noa” – we're all in the same canoe.

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Featuring breath-taking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

When it comes to climate change, the EU firmly believes in the Māori proverb “he waka eke noa” – we're all in this boat together. Currently the EU accounts for around 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Domestic action is being taken to reduce this, most notably with the European Green Deal, which aims to reduce internal GHG emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The ultimate goal is to be climate neutral by 2050. But the EU understands that global warming is an existential threat for the entire world, not just Europe. The consequences of rising sea levels, extreme droughts, more unpredictable, intense storms and biodiversity loss know no borders. This means the EU is committed to playing a leading role in the global fight against climate change.

We see this film screening and Q&A as an exciting opportunity to learn more about sustainable farming practices and how they apply to the NZ context.

The Q&A Session will feature:

  • HE Nina Obermaier, EU Ambassador to New Zealand
  • David Hall, Senior lecturer at AUT
  • Sasha Maher, Programme Director at the Environmental Defence Society
  • Shane Ward – Founder of Action Ecology
  • Aimee Blake – Volunteer at Generation Zero

Run-sheet for the event:

5.30 Drinks and nibbles while guests arrive

6:00 Film screening of The Biggest Little Farm starts – approx. 90 minutes long

7:30 Q&A session begins,

8:00 Q&A session ends, with closing remarks from HE Obermaier

Please register HERE. 

We look forward to seeing you!



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2 Governor Fitzroy Place

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