10:00am - 5:00pm | everyday except 25 December
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This solo work presents the writings and experiences of the original conservationist, Rachel Carson, and her fight for nature. Performed in a conservation environment, the beautiful Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, natural sound and visual effects bring the message of preserving our natural heritage into sharp focus for modern times.


Children: $5

Adult: $20

Your ticket price includes entry into Ngā Manu Nature Reserve from 10am to 5pm so we recommend you come earlier and have a look around!


PHONE SALES: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)


Ngā Manu Nature Reserve is a covid mandated site. All attendees 12 years and over will need to show their My Vaccine Pass to gain entry to our event. Masks are not required outdoors, but you will need to wear one in our Robin’s Nest building.




Paekakariki actor and playwright, Jan Bolwell, is continuing to present in 2022 her highly successful solo play about Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Revisited: Rachel Carson’s Fight for Nature. Her conservationist grandmother introduced Jan to the writings of Rachel Carson when she was a child, and with climate change and the challenges of preserving the environment in our contemporary world, it felt timely to tell the story of one of the world’s great pioneering conservationists.


Bolwell says, “We always intended to explore an outdoor setting for this play, and Ngā Manu is a perfect site for us with its beautiful flora and fauna.”


The play also features Paekakariki ecologist Mike Joy who is an outspoken critic of the government’s environmental policies. Bowell says, “We have included some of Mike’s challenges to the government, as we feel his message is so important for all New Zealanders.” Jan has a virtual conversation with Mike during the performance using voiceover.


An exciting creative team has worked collaboratively on this work – director Annie Ruth, composer Jan Bolton, lighting and set designer Helen Todd and painter Trish Stevenson.