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Whina: Mother of the Nation

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 50 mins
Year: 1994
Rating: Exempt

The autobiography of Maori land activist Dame Whina Cooper filmed two years before she died.

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Born in an earth-floor whare she became a teacher, gum digger, rugby coach, midwife, a tribal leader, president of Maori Women’s Welfare League and controversial leader of the Maori Land March. Who organized her first public protest at the age of 18.

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The Third Richard

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 81 mins
Year: 2008
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The story of a composer. Banned by the Nazis, ignored in New Zealand, his music never heard… until now.

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Richard Fuchs was a composer believed by his father to be the third Richard, successor to Strauss and Wagner.

He loved German culture above all others. Unfortunately German culture hated him. His music was banned by the Nazis and he was banished, so he fled to the last bus stop in the world, the booming monotone of New Zealand in the 1940s. No longer persecuted, just ignored. A man out of place and out of time. An enemy in Germany because he was Jewish and an enemy alien in war-time New Zealand becaus he was German.

60 after his death his work is getting international acclaim. Danny Mulheron, his grandson, discovers the life and work of Richard Fuchs.

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The Magical World of Misery

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 35 mins
Year: 2006

The Magical Misery Tour is a 35 minute documentary on Auckland artist Tanya Thompson (aka Misery).

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This is the success story of how an artist’s vision and self-belief have poised her to become one of New Zealand’s most successful international creatives.

The Magical Misery Tour follows Misery from her early years as a prominent, yet self concious, Auckland graffiti artist through to the present where a ‘sexy’, confident artist is realizing her dream of transforming her miserable creations into real three dimensional collectable characters alongside the cream of the world’s top designers.

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The Last Western Heretic

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 71 mins
Year: 2007
Rating: Exempt

The last western heretic is a timely and enthralling insight into the ideas and philosophies of the New Zealander described by the BBC as “the last living heretic”.

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New Zealand’s very own Lloyd Geering, now 89 and still deeply involved in the debate of ideas about life and religion, and latterly, the very survival of human beings and the planet to which we belong.

Geering is New Zealand’s foremost theologian; a long-standing Presbyterian minister who doesn’t believe in a personal God, a man of the church who fearlessly challenges all Christian and secular ideas, and was once famously and controversially tried for heresy – or as it was formally called: “doctrinal error and disturbing the peace of the church”.

The lively octogenarian with a sharp intellect is a NZ icon who was one of the key intellectual figures of our nation throughout the last half of the 20th century.

The documentary explores his world view in a series of controversial and richly illustrated statements, and in doing so, makes simple and comprehensible the powerful theological and cultural ideas underpinning western civilisation.

This film captures the ideas and philosophy of an influential New Zealander, and offers an insight into how our beliefs and assumptions developed and where they might go in the future.

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Rhodes Actor Singer

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 53 mins
Year: 2011

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Phillip Rhodes came from a very difficult family background and it would have been very easy for him to have fallen into drug addiction, become a gang member or just another crime statistic. However fortune changed for Phillip when he was taken in by Henare O’Keefe. O’Keefe saw his potential and gently nudged him in the right direction so that his talent, both as an actor and baritone could be developed.

Winning the 2005 Lockwood Aria and the 2007 Lexus Song Quest brought him to the attention of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Their grant enabled him to accept a place at the prestigious Cardiff International Academy of Voice. Since then he has received further Foundation grants that have enabled him to continue his studies at the Denis O’Neill Academy and to attend the Solti Te Kanawa Academia Summer School.

This documentary not only looks at how Phillip has developed as an Opera singer, and prepares for his first concert with Dame Kiri but through his contact with the Te Kanawa Foundation we learn about the wonderful work Dame Kiri and her Foundation are doing with young singers and musicians.

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Nga Waiata O Te Iwi – Series Two

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 6 x 25mins episodes

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Maoridom has a rich history of song encompassing many different styles that exemplify the fundamental values of traditional Maori culture and form a vital part of ‘marae tikanga’.

In series two we feature six more authors of this great tradition. We meet the people who knew them best, we talk to people who were influenced by them and we listen to some of their compositions. We also meet present day Maori composers and discover the influence these old masters have have had on Maori current music.

Episode 1 – Wiremu Kerekere
Episode 2 – Kingi Matutaera Ihaka
Episode 3 – Louisa Flavell (Erima Maewa Kaihau)
Episode 4 – Hanara Reedy
Episode 5 – Kingi Tahiwi
Episode 6 – Ruru Karaitiana

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