Video captures spirit of Golden Bay
Short film creates buzz on social mediaCHARLOTTE SQUIRE
A Golden Bay couple have worked with 30 businesses to produce a video that captures "The Spirit of Golden Bay" and will be used to spread the word on Facebook.
Including everything from "getting the bird's eye views from up in a plane" to "running with horses, catching salmon, climbing mountains and eating mussels" Jay and Sacha Horton of Pheye Creative say the project was a long held dream for them.
So far, response to the footage has been strong with 4000 people on facebook checking out some images in one week.
"Within a month ‘The Spirit of Golden Bay' Facebook page built up over 800 ‘likes'," said Mrs Horton.
She said running a small business in Takaka had been "more than challenging" and the Spirit of Golden Bay, had been a "wonderful boost" for them.
"It's great to reach out and include that many different businesses and people and show them that if you join forces and work together, you are all helping each other. In that way I very much see it as a community building project," she said.
The business community was invited to participate in the project. Some of the businesses also attended a Facebook marketing presentation with Aly Cook Marketing from Tasman, hosted by Pheye Creative.
Nelson Tasman Tourism has also offered their promotional support by including the video in a newsletter that goes out to all nationwide and international tourism connections. They will post the video to their website and Facebook page.
The couple were also able to honour their personal wish to "give a centrepiece to the Maori heritage of Mohua (Golden Bay)".
They received the blessings of Manawhenua ki Mohua and have worked closely with local artist Robin Slow on the video.
"We have a karanga in the beginning of the video by local kuia Mairangi Reiher and John Ward Holmes is doing a karakia to open and close the video. It's such an honour to include the magic of taonga puoro into the soundtrack to this video," said Mrs Horton.
Pheye Creative and Golden Bay Promotion Association will show The Spirit of Golden Bay on December 17 from 5-7pm at the Village Theatre in Takaka.
- The Nelson Mail