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People of Strathmore Park

Community video project

In 2020, we launched a video project that celebrated the richness and diversity of the lives and languages in Strathmore Park. The Capital's sunniest suburb is home to people of many cultures.

People of Strathmore is a series of video portraits featuring 21 residents sharing their stories. Some offer cultural sayings in their native tongue, others express what is most special to them about living in Strathmore Park and their sense of belonging.

These global yet local stories have been gifted to us in the spirit of generosity and unity. 

Kicking off the videos is Ray Ahipene-Mercer (Ngāi Tara/Ngāti Ira), a descendent of the earliest iwi known to have lived here. Ray offers stories of the early inhabitants and the two local pā sites.

People of Strathmore Park was led and coordinated by Toni Taylor, and filmed and edited in 2020 by Mark Tantrum. Our thanks to Toni, Mark and their teams for their commitment to this project.

Thanks also to the project funders the Department of Internal Affairs' Community Development Scheme and the Wellington City Council.