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New Zealand At Home

Join Douglas Lloyd Jenkins in this documentary series as he takes a close look at the architecture and style of the New Zealand house over the past 100 years. With visual illustrations of all the styles discussed and featuring interviews with many of the architects responsible for the designs that shaped and changed the way New Zealanders live, this series explains the influences and origins that affected New Zealand housing over the 20th Century.

Each of the eight episodes takes a look after a different stage in NZ Housing trends - the colonial architecture of the early settlers; the Victorian villa and its restoration into a fashionable heritage home in the 1970s; the influence of the 1900s British arts and craft movement and the California bungalow that provided the basis for attempts to build a quintessentially New Zealand house later culminating in the state house; the influence of American films and television programmes on architecture in New Zealand and the subsequent reaction which spurned the modernist architectural style; the post 1940s birth of a New Zealand national architectural style; the influence of international modernism on the New Zealand house; the renewal of the colonial style in the 1970s to create the new colonial New Zealand house.; the post-modernist and the Pacifica architectural styles of the 1980s, the leaky home disaster of the 1990s, and a look forward to a 21st century New Zealand house.

Duration : 183mins (approx.) - 2 Discs
COST :
$50 (+GST)

First Crossings – Series One

This New Zealand series follows modern day adventurers Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald as they recreate the epic journeys of New Zealand's early explorers with historical accuracy. Using the same equipment, clothing and rations that the intrepid adventurers who went before them would have employed, Kevin and Jamie set about retracing their steps as exactly as possible. In Series One they take on 5 challenging ‘crossings’:

  1. Henry Whitcombe and Jacob Lauper's deadly 1863 first crossing of the Southern Alps seeking a route for a road between the east and west coasts of the South Island
  2. The 1910 journey of explorers William Grave and Arthur Talbot as they attempt to find a pass across the Darran mountains in Fiordland to open up Milford Sound
  3. The 1894 ascent by mountaineers Tom Fyfe and George Graham of Mount De La Beche in the Southern Alps
  4. The remarkable survival story of ship's mate David Loweriston and nine other sealers marooned in 1810 on an island in Open Bay (Jackson Bay) in Fiordland for nearly four years before being rescued
  5. Thomas Brunner and Maori guide Kehu's epic 1846 - 1848 exploration of the Buller River and West Coast of the South Island

Duration : 224mins (approx.) - 2 Discs
COST :
$50 (+GST)   

 

Hindsight – Volume Four

In volume four we look at youth, children and education:

EPISODES:

  • KIDS THESE DAYS – this episode looks at youths in New Zealand
  • KIDS – this episode looks at children in New Zealand
  • OLD SCHOOL – this episode at the New Zealand education system

Duration : 70mins (approx.)
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

Hindsight - Volume Three

In volume three we look at protesting, the Police Force and the NZ Prison system:

EPISODES:

  • QUIET RIOT - this episode looks at the history of protesting in New Zealand
  • THE THIN BLUE LINE - this episode looks at policing in New Zealand
  • I FOUGHT THE LAW - this episode looks at the New Zealand prison system

Duration : 70mins (approx.)
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

Hindsight Volume Two

In volume two we look at electricity, petrol and the issue of water pollution and supply in NZ:

EPISODES:

  • POWER TO THE PEOPLE: This episode looks at electricity.
  • PETROL HEADS: This episode looks at petrol
  • WATER: This episode looks at water pollution and supply in New Zealand

Duration : 70mins (approx.)
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

Hindsight - Volume One

A New Zealand series which takes current issues and examines them through the lens of history. Presenter Damian Christie looks back at how, as a nation, we have viewed the issues over the past 50 years, interviews current experts and spokes people on the issues and investigates the nation's current views. With the help of archival footage and news stories and new interviews with current experts he examines the big issues with the benefit of 'hindsight'

EPISODES:

  • FAST FOOD NATION: This episode looks at the problem of obesity 
  • ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH: This episode looks at the drinking age 
  • TURN ON, TUNE IN, DROP OUT: This episode looks at drugs

Duration : 70mins (approx.)
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

AN IMMIGRANT NATION

Interviewing families from Italy, Ireland, Croatia and Asia, this four part series from 1995 looks at the trials and rewards that immigrants to New Zealand faced both in the distant past and right up the 1990s. Each episode gives a brief history of what originally brought these immigrants to New Zealand, what trials they faced and how they coped with living in a foreign land so far from home. Told through a series of emotional and personal stories each documentary encapsulates the immigrant experience. Each programme explores issues such as prejudice, loss, longing and a feeling of always having a foot in two worlds. The documentaries also look at life for different generations, about where they feel they belong and issues of preservation of culture. Although each story is specific to a cultural group, the issues travel across cultural boundaries. Within each documentary, individual and family stories act as a window into the immigrant culture and community. Each goes back to the country of origin and the New Zealand they found on their arrival.

Duration : 183mins (approx.) - 2 Discs
COST :
$50 (+GST)

 

WAR YEARS

In the 1940s New Zealand's National Film Unit made a record of New Zealand life during the War, films which were then shown in New Zealand cinemas.  Whether on active service with military units, or on the home front, National Film Unit cameramen of the early 1940s captured people, their attitudes and their emotions.  In 1983 that remarkable record was compiled into a feature length film.

This is not a detailed history of New Zealand's part in the Second World War, but it does give fascinating glimpses of the changes which that war forced on New Zealand society.  Still photographs and the written word can describe those changes, but 'War Years' adds a dimension which personalises the issues.

Duration : 102mins
COST :
$50 (+GST)

 

Primeval New Zealand 

Peter Elliott goes on a journey through time to unravel New Zealand's ancient past and, for the first time, reveals the surprising origins of our most iconic animals, the kiwi, kakapo, kea and tuatara, as well as shedding new light on the lesser known species: the kaka, New Zealand falcon, giant meat-eating snails, prehistoric giant weta, takahe and penguins.

Featuring stunning high definition action and startling super-slow motion images filmed by award winning documentary filmmaker NHNZ and state of the art 3D modelling and CGI graphics produced by Weta Workshops NZ.

Primeval New Zealand is a spectacular celebration of the origins of life in New Zealand, and a scandalous exposé: as the shocking past of some of our best loved animals are revealed.

Duration : 45mins
COST :
$50 (+GST)

 

Our Heritage

Our Heritage illustrates the life and times of early New Zealand settlers by means of a Charming Collection of Seven Vignettes. The first 5 utilise the creative writings of the late John T. Diamond whose ballads paint a rhymed history of the New Zealand pioneers, particularly the settlers who earned their living cutting the mighty kauri trees in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. His ballads are about real people and the hardships that they endured in those raw times. The final 2 vignettes are 'The History of Trams', which covers the first horse drawn trams on wooden tracks in Nelson in 1862 to steam in Christchurch in 1880, electric in Dunedin in 1900, and battery operated trams in Gisborne in 1913, until their demise in 1964, and 'Ferry to Devonport', which takes us back to a time when the last of the kauri ferry boats were still transporting people from Devonport to Auckland, giving us a unique opportunity to see and enjoy the sights of these much loved ferries again.

Duration : 46mins
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

The 1981 Springbok Tour Documentaries:

A collection of documentary material looking at the causes and effects of the tumultuous events surrounding the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand.

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CAPTAINS LOG:

In this 4 part series Peter Elliott retraces Captain Cook's voyage of discovery in 1769. The maritime journey begins where Captain Cook first landed and follows his route around the East Cape, through Auckland, the Bay of Islands, across the infamous Kaipara bar, into the Queen Charlotte Sound and ends with a ketch journey around Stewart Island to the remote and beautiful Dusky Sound. Travelling in everything from a Waka to an Oil Tanker, Peter Elliot meets the sailors of today and explores New Zealand's love affair with the sea.

Duration : 180mins
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story

Lieutenant-General Sir Leonard Thornton presents and narrates an historical account of New Zealand's tragic role in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 (from a text by Maurice Shadbolt). The story is told through the memories and photographs of the veterans who served there, and the fate of the battalions is traced over the actual battlefields. Originated from the book "Gallipoli : The New Zealand Story" by Christopher Pugsley.

Duration : 75mins
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

The Enduring Land

Join Ruud Kleinpaste as he presents a four part docu-drama tracing the history of New Zealand farming and agriculture. He shows the process and development of agricultural settlement in New Zealand, from Maori farmers to Pakeha settlers and pioneers, and explores the efforts of late 19th and early 20th century farmers to convert New Zealand land into lush pasture and grain crops. We see the close relationship in New Zealand between scientists and farmers and explore the politics, both national and international of farming, tracing it's history right up to the decline of the rural economy in the 1980s.

Duration : 210mins (approx.) - 2 Discs
COST :
$50 (+GST)

 

The Lost Dinosaur of New Zealand

This documentary follows the self-taught palaeontologist Joan Wiffen whose discoveries proved that dinosaurs lived right here in New Zealand, thus shedding new light on the behaviour of dinosaurs during the Late Cretaceous period and adding another piece to the puzzle of why dinosaurs became extinct.

Joan's discovery was of such international importance that she was eventually awarded an honorary PhD for her painstaking work. Her story is the back bone of the documentary which features interviews with Fossil Hunters, Palaeontologists, Scientists and other Dinosaur Experts, along with animation and graphics, to not only to build a picture of what these ancient creatures were like but to explore what their discovery contributes to our knowledge of dinosaurs worldwide and the reasons for their extinction.

Duration : 52 mins
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

Monster of the Deep

On April the 25th 1977 trawling for mackerel off the New Zealand coast the Zutu Maru snagged the rotting carcass of a huge sea creature. Concerned it
would ruin the rest of the catch the captain ordered the mysterious creature to be dumped over the side but not before crewman Yano Michiko took a snapshot of it as well as a sample of the animals flesh.

Was this the remains of a pleisosaur as some scientists claimed? A creature that was supposed to have died 60 million years ago and if it wasn't a monster from the past what was it?

This documystery explores the myth and the reality behind the stories of huge sea creatures and why we need to believe in monsters at all.

Duration : 52 mins
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

Waka Huia: Vietnam (1998)

Thirty years after the Vietnam War ended, New Zealand and overseas veterans marched in a commemorative parade through Wellington. This programme looks at the involvement of Maori in the Vietnam War, its effect on veterans and their families.

Of the 3890 NZ Soldiers that fought in Vietnam 60% were Maori. This programme looks at their involvement in the war effort, the nature of battle in Vietnam, the distain with which they were viewed on their return to New Zealand, the lack of recognition they received as returned servicemen, the deep impact this had on them emotionally and culturally and the recognition they finally received 35 years after their return at Parade 98: Vietnam Remember held in Wellington.

Featuring war footage and interviews with the returned servicemen themselves this documentary gives a unique insight into the Vietnam War.

Duration : 59mins
COST :
$40 (+GST)

 

The Years Back: War Time

In this 1973 documentary series (presented in black & White) Bernard Kearns takes us through New Zealand involvement in the Second World War. The 6 Episodes included in this set give a uniquely Kiwi view of that war and its impact on us as a nation:

- The New Decade
Contemporary newsreels depict New Zealanders mobilising for World War Two. Forces are shown training in Egypt, withdrawing from Greece and Crete and re-forming in the desert

- The Desert
The desert details New Zealand's part in the famous campaigns against Rommel in the Middle East and ends with the Allied victory in North Africa

- The Italian Campaign
The Italian campaign shows the struggle of the New Zealand division in Italy during World War Two, 1943 to 1945.

- The Women’s War
The Women's War recalls how life at home in New Zealand during the war - the rationing, the fashions, the American presence, and the liberating effect on many women of filling their men's places in the workforce.

- Making Do
A look at how New Zealanders at home ‘made do’ during the war - the Home Guard, the real danger the country was in exposed as it was to the Japanese threat, plus the beginnings in New Zealand of heavy industry and women entering the workforce

- The Final Peace
The last stages of the Pacific war are recalled by contemporary newsreels, concluding with the victory speech of Peter Fraser

Each episode features interviews with the men and women who lived through these world changing events and news reel footage from the various battle fields.

NB: this is an archival programme and features some age related deterioration to the images and film stock. This programme also features real war time footage, including images of victims (both injured and deceased) so is not appropriate for primary school aged children.

Duration : 170mins (approx.) - 2 Discs
COST:
$50 (+GST)

 

 

 

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