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The People of Bukit Lawang
Tia Taurere is a young Maori activist from New Zealand involved in campaigns to promote forest preservation, oceanic life, and the revival of traditional Maori culture. She might seem overextended, but she believes all of these causes are intertwined.
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Director: Emily McDowell
Producer: Mark Harvey

Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals.

Read about the work of the European Commission and the UN Foundation.

Find out what Oxfam Novib, NCDO, and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Development are doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

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TIA TAURERE
It's a symbol of Mana Wahine, which is prestige and strength. And that's what it means to me, my journey to finding who I am, to give me confidence to move through this world, and I suppose to educate people, to draw the line, to make that stand.
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Auckland, New Zealand
TIA TAURERE
We're just doing boat training today around Auckland harbor. One of the most important things is moving together, because sometimes you can feel so alone, and there's no hope when you're swimming against the tide by yourself. I love it when we go fast and smash through the waves, and get that spray all over us. It's an adrenaline rush as well as a good reason to be out here.
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Millennium Development Goal #7: Ensure environmental sustainability
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Paradise Forests, Papua New Guinea
TIA TAURERE
Paradise Forests are untouched, they are still discovering animals and insects and plant life that has never been discovered before. The world's forests are being depleted at a rate of 30 football fields every minute, and Paradise Forests have been destroyed the fastest of any other forest on the planet. Companies are going into these forests, these native forests, and just wipe out everything in their path for that one tree that they want. They totally destroyed the whole ecosystem. Illegal logging is making the industrial loggers richer. Companies are selling it all over the world and nothing goes back to the people. Papua New Guinea was a Global Forest Rescue Campaign, so volunteers from all around the world came to help educate the people on how to sustainably log their forest. Instead of clear felling, it was selecting logs and leaving some for re-growth and milling them themselves so the money all came back to the people. I suppose then it just rolls into conscious consuming, so you know that you're not supporting illegal logging. It's a great place, great people, beautiful people, so we really need to support them by buying their wood.
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Auckland, New Zealand
TIA TAURERE
I'm just chatting with one of the volunteers from Malaysia that I met on Lake Murray in Papua New Guinea. Training was really good; I got to drive the Zodiacs all day. We all MSN daily, and reminisce about our time there. We're all pretty useless, eh? Our survival skills. City kids in the jungle. I think that to create change we need to make an effort and just start that ball rolling and then people sort of jump on your bandwagon and then that movement starts. If you look at it like an army, you're the front line of defense, and then there are all the undercover brothers and sisters. There was an action that I did down in Nelson that was part of the Oceans Campaign. It was a Chinese deep-sea trawler that only comes into the New Zealand ports once a year, so we all rushed down to Nelson to try and stop it from leaving.
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We want to send a message to the government that we want a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling --
TIA TAURERE
Whether you're an activist for the Papua New Guinea forest, or save the animals, or protect our oceans, or the revival of my culture, I feel like all of these campaigns are all linked anyway. If you would really like to live an exciting life, volunteer for NGOs and make that difference. I love my life, I really do.
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Millennium Development Goals: eight goals for a better world by 2015. Every one counts. www.element-tv.net. Element. For more information, please visit: http://www.tve.org.