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- Responding to COVID-19
Interpreting responses through poetry
Participants were invited to select one of five options (Excited, Hopeful, Don't care, Worried, Angry) and to complete an open text box.
Social researchers from Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research analysed 1,558 meaningful responses to the open text box from young people (24 years old and under). They used a Nature Futures Framework from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) to analyse how people express their relationship with nature.
The researchers collated responses into the following poems to reflect key themes. The number/s at the end of the poems is the code that corresponds to a participant’s response. For example; [Refs: C658, C663, C678, C690] means that four participants’ responses were used to create the poem.
What is Te Au | The Current?
Te Au | The Current is a forum for responding to environmental issues either in person at Te Papa’s Te Taiao Nature exhibition or online. In the first year of operation ‘The Current’ engaged with over 50,000 respondents and over 50% of responses included a free-text comment. Topic Questions change regularly and are written in partnership with researchers or organisations, or in quick response to current events. Responses are shared with researchers via data.govt.nz.