We are the EPA

A transcript for the "We are the EPA" video, including descriptions of audio and visual content.

This video uses a wide variety of historical and recent photographs and video from New Zealand.

It was created to give people better insight into the Environmental Protection Authority - who we are, what we do, and what we stand for. 

Audio:

The young female narrator says “Ka mua, ka muri”. There is then a short pause.

Visual:

A black screen, with the words “Our past informs the way we move into the future” in plain white font in the centre of the screen.

Audio:

This is New Zealand

Music with strong beat starts dramatically just as the narrator starts to speak.

Visual:

An old-fashioned map of New Zealand centred on a black screen.

Audio:

Our mountains. Our forests.

Music continues to play under the narration throughout the video.

Visual:

Still pictures are displayed in the centre of a black screen. First, a sepia-coloured image of a conical, snow-covered volcano, Mount Taranaki. There is a lake in the foreground, and the mountain is reflected in the lake.

Next, there is another image of a mountain, a black-and-white shot of a the peak of Aoraki Mount Cook, surrounded by cloud. 

Then, there is a colour photograph of a forest, with the famous kauri tree, Tane Māhuta, shown in the centre. Two people are standing at the base of the kauri. They look very small in comparison to the enormous tree. This is followed by a black-and-white image of bush-covered hills, with a small river in a valley in the middle.

Audio:

Our industries.

Visual:

Two still pictures are displayed in the centre of a black screen. First, a black-and-white picture of a fishing vessel unloading in a moderately-developed port. There is a worker tipping a bucket of fish into a huge tray full of mid-sized fish. Then a black-and-white image of a forestry industry scene. A large forestry loader vehicle is lifting logs onto a pile. There are tall pine trees in the background.

Audio:

Our wildlife. Our cities.

Visual:

Two black-and-white pictures are displayed in the centre of a black screen. First, a left-sided full profile of a tuatara on a rough log, then a little blue penguin perched on a large smooth log.

Then, as the narrator says ‘our cities’, a black-and-white aerial view of a city intersection is displayed.

Audio:

And these are our people.

Visual:

A series of still pictures are displayed in the centre of a black screen. First a faded colour photograph of a large, dense crowd of people walking alongside a road.

Next, a colour shot of two women in late-1950s Air New Zealand uniforms, with white nurse-style dresses and small black hats.

Then a black-and-white shot looking up at a man with black hair, dressed in worker’s overalls with a tool belt, balancing on a high surface. Then a black-and-white shot of a school-aged child with voluminous dark hair standing under a small tree, arms wrapped loosely around one branch.

This is followed by a shot of people protesting in central Wellington, carrying a banner saying “Save Manapouri”. The Odlins Timber and Hardware building is visible in the background.

Audio:

This is us at work.

Visual:

A series of still pictures are displayed in the centre of a black screen.

First, a colour picture of a group of three people in a 1980s-style office. A man is sitting at a desk, surrounded by piles of paper. A woman is standing behind him holding a piece of paper. An older man is standing behind her, looking over her shoulder at the piece of paper. There are small filing cabinets behind them.

Next, there is a black-and-white image of a woman with a beehive hairstyle sitting at a sloped work desk, staring directly at the camera. Then, a black-and-white image of a man with large sideburns and aviator sunglasses driving a bus. He is wearing a suit and tie.

Audio:

And this is us at play.

Visual:

Four black-and-white pictures are displayed sequentially in the centre of a black screen. First, a young woman ice skating, holding one leg out straight. There are other people standing in the background, and behind them there are small hills.

Next, there is a large group of school-aged children smiling and splashing on the shallow water of a beach.

Then, there is a woman in a white bikini water-skiing.

Finally, there is a photo of four children playing in simple go-karts, two karts with two children in each.

Audio:

This is us then.

Visual:

Two black-and-white still pictures are displayed sequentially in the centre of a black screen. The first is looking down Tay Street in Invercargill, with the South African War Memorial in the centre of the shot. Then, there is an image of Auckland city centre, taken from above Karangahape Road.

Audio:

And this is us now. 

The music quickens, and continues with a stronger beat and rhythmic shaking sound effect.

Visual:

The video now switches to full-screen moving footage, with an aerial shot zooming towards modern downtown Auckland. Two powered boats are moving in the harbour. The footage then switches to look at a different angle over the centre city, with the Sky Tower in view.

Audio:

At the Environmental Protection Authority, we exist for the good of Aotearoa.

Visual:

There is footage of two inflatable powerboats moving quickly in the same direction. There is dense, bright green bush and ferns right down to the edge of the water in the background.

Then, it cuts to a child and an adult gardening. The adult has bare hands and is breaking up a clump of soil, while the child is wearing gloves and is grabbing some loose soil from the ground.

There is then an aerial shot looking directly down on a stretch of coastline – turquoise water on the left, gold sand in the middle, green and yellow bush on the right. 

And then, we see a close shot of a korimako, or bellbird, jumping up the side of a tree. It is moving vertically, flapping its wings to balance. 

Audio:

We honour our national heritage, so we have a great legacy to pass on to our children.

Visual:

An older Māori man stands behind a concrete pillar, which has children’s artwork on it. He smiles kindly as he watches some children practice kapahaka.

There's then a short piece of footage, partially obscured with sun-strike, showing a group of people playing rugby in a field.

And then, an indoor scene with young boys of different ages practicing a haka, with adults watching in the background.

Audio:

We are New Zealand’s environmental regulator.  

Visual:

There are two short pieces of footage looking down on patches of rural New Zealand. The first shows a wide stretch, with some houses and defined paddocks. The second, which is taken from inside a helicopter, shows flat grassland without houses or buildings, leading down to the coast.

Audio:

Our independence is our strength.

Visual:

A close-up silhouette view of a person standing beside the sea at sunset.

Audio:

Evidence and science - our core.

Visual:

A group university students is positioned along a rocky shore, just by the water’s edge. They have quadrats, or large squares of plastic, which are used to do sampling of biological data.

Audio:

The decisions we make today help shape our future.

Visual:

There are three short pieces of footage. In the first, an inflatable powerboat speeds towards a steep coastline at sunset. The next is a high aerial view of a single car traveling on a long bridge over a small river and wide river bed. Then, there is a group of people playing in the water under a wide waterfall (Maraetotara Falls). A person swings on a high rope and splashes into the water.

Audio:

Our job is to protect the New Zealand way of life.

Visual:

A close-up of a kiwi egg. Two small children’s hands touch the egg gently.

Then, there is a live-action shot of two children at a ski-field, racing down the slope in a toboggan. There is then a closer side-view of the children, and they turn and smile.

Audio:

To look out for the health of our environment.

Visual:

Water flowing down a mid-sized dam, surrounded with bright-green vegetation.

Audio:

Our economy.

Visual:

There is overhead footage of a fruit processing work-floor. In the centre, bright yellow lemons move quickly along conveyors, watched by workers wearing hair nets and safety vests.

Audio:

And our people.

Visual:

A small group of people of different ethnicities are shown dishing up a hāngi meal from the back of a truck, in front of a marae.

Audio:

Our job is to understand the intricacies of our environment, while never losing sight of the bigger picture.

Visual:

The video shows a large patch of moss with a small seedling growing through it, then cuts to a close shot of a kina (sea urchin) in a rockpool, with a small crab scuttling over it. In the next shot, the video shows kelp being whipped around in strong seas on a rocky coastline, and then a wider shot of a car driving down a narrow road cut into a steep rock-face beside the sea.

Audio:

Our job is to remain independent.

Visual:

The video shows a close rear-view following a person walking through a forest, wearing a woollen hat and raincoat and carrying a backpack. It then shows an overhead shot of a person walking alone down a narrow sand spit, with shallow waves on either side.

Audio:

To represent our people.

Visual:

People walking on Wellington’s Lambton Quay. Some are in business clothes, others are dressed less formally. There are buses is in the background.

Audio:

And to work together with our communities

The narration pauses, and the music gets slightly louder, playing a shaking sound then a strong beat effect.

Visual:

Two adults work with three children to plant a tī kōuka (cabbage tree) in a grassy area beside a small steam. The video then cuts to a moving shot high over a coastal township, and then a moving shot over a city scene.

Audio:

Our job is to safeguard our oceans.

Visual:

The video pans towards sunlit green hills on a sheltered coastline, and then to darker seas, with waves knocking against mid-sized dark rocks.

Audio:

Our greenery.

Visual:

A moving shot over the top of dense bush.

Audio:

Our wildlife.

Visual:

Three dolphins play in waves in the open sea, with bush-covered land in the distance.

Audio:

Our industries.

Visual:

A side-view of a geothermal power plant.

Audio:

Our infrastructure.

Visual:

An over-head view of a port, showing neat stacks of shipping containers.

Audio:

Our culture, and our identity.

Visual:

A rear/side view of a large group of men performing a haka on the beach at Waitangi. Then, a different scene showing two adults and three children collecting shellfish in shallow water at the edge of the sea.

Audio: 

And it’s our job to find the right balance between these different priorities.

Visual:

The video shows the Benmore Dam, with imposing hills all around, and then a closer view of the Clyde Dam and its hydroelectric facilities.

There is then an overhead shot of spraying equipment moving through rows of plants, and then brief shots of a petroleum facility off the coast of Taranaki, and a hillside covered with wind turbines.

Audio:

We are scientists and specialists.

Visual:

A large laboratory setting, with people busy at work. It then cuts to a different scene, with two men talking and smiling beside farm-style buildings.

Audio:

Policy-makers and regulators.

Visual:

A video shows a low-shot of just someone’s feet and legs as they walk through a field of tall grass. It then switches to an over-the-shoulder shot looking over the shoulder of a scientist recording observations at a beach.

Audio:

Enablers and advisors.

Visual:

Two men in casual clothes are shown talking inside a darkened room, looking in the same direction. Then there is an outdoor shot of a man and woman talking, leaning on a large metal farm gate. They’re both wearing blue overalls, heavy brown jackets, gumboots, and beanies.

Audio:

Caretakers and history-makers.

Visual:

There is video footage of a person in full protective clothing removing a section from a beehive, while bees climb and fly around.

There is then a quick succession of still images showing EPA staff in a variety of recreational pursuits – climbing a mountain, sky-diving, wearing a raincoat at the beach, posed under a rainbow while tramping, back-country bike riding, another mountain shot (looking over clouds), cavorting in Wellington Harbour.

Audio:

We are the EPA and we’re working for the good of Aotearoa-New Zealand

Music continues briefly, then ends with a fast-beat flourish.

Visual:

The video shows a high view over a bush-covered coastal hill, then moves over the hill to reveal the sparkling sea.

The words “For the good of Aotearoa” appear in white font at the centre of the shot. The words then disappear, and are replaced by the Environmental Protection Authority | Te Mana Rahuī Taiao logo.

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