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World Class? Inside NZ Education

Price: NZ$40.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 45 mins approx.
Year: 2016

“The New Zealand education system is broken and we need to start fixing it today if we want to have a prosperous future tomorrow.”

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Bryan Bruce was a teacher for 10 years before he become an award winning documentary maker. He believes the switch to self-managing schools has proved a disaster for children living in poorer areas of our country, that the way we administer our public schools is getting in the way of teachers doing their job and that to produce creative young thinkers from our schools we need to radically change the way we assess the talents and abilities of our children.

What is the purpose of public education? Are we teaching our children in the way that will best prepare them for a future that no one can predict?

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Wildcat

Price: NZ$26.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 70 mins
Year: 1981

Wildcat is the story of the timberworkers struggle and it’s bitter aftermath told by the workers themselves – bushmen from Kaingaroa, millhands from Kawerau and Waipa, stacker drivers from Kinleith: Maori and Pakeha, novices and old-time union battlers.

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Discontent amongst timberworks over the running of their union had been simmering for years. Members accused the national executive of exerting dictatorial control and of making deals with management which left timberworkers with some of the lowest wages and worst conditions in the country.

In 1977 this anger erupted in the growth of a remarkable rank-and-file movement aiming to oust the incumbent leadership and bring democracy to the union.

Workers from six major sites in the South Auckland region banded together to form the Combined Council of Delegates and began a series of actions climaxing in a full-scale strike which brought the timber industry to a standstill.

“Wildcat is something of a landmark in New Zealand film-making… Throughout the saga and this film epic proportions are reached at all times, the intelligence, the wit, and the articulation of this group of predominantly Polynesian workers makes one wonder… There are even moments of genuine lyricism, for example, when the strikers gather food for themselves and their families, when one can suddenly imagine oneself in the midst of revolution.”

-Paul Maunder, Sequence (Wellington Film Society)

SKU 027004

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Whina: Mother of the Nation

Price: NZ$40.95

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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.

SKU 011002

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When a Warrior Dies

Price: NZ$35.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 52 mins
Year: 1992

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour (July 10, 1985) was an act of aggression which exposed this country to the unwholesome realities of international diplomacy.
Following the bombing, a decision had to be made about what to do with the ship. When it became obvious that restoration was financially unviable, it was decided to sink the ship in a position to allow access for divers.

The question was – where ?

Enthusiastic interest shown by Dover Samuels and the Ngati Kura people of Matauri Bay in Northland led to the Warrior coming to rest in the waters off the island of Motutapere.

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The Warrior is a reminder and tribute to the ideals and dreams of pacifism and conservation. However, she is only accessible to a select few. In an attempt to create a memorial accessible to all comers, the people of Matauri Bay commissioned internationally recognised NZ sculptor Chris Booth to create a large freestanding sculpture of stone overlooking the last resting place of the ship.

SKU: 012001

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What’s Really in Our Food

Price: NZ$40.95

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 45 mins
Year: 2007
Rating: Exempt

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Take a peek at the ingredient list of your favourite snack food and try to pronounce some of those multi-syllabic words. Do you know what soy lecithin, aspartame and sodium benzoate are? Unless you have a chemistry degree, the ingredient list is another language altogether. Additives and processed foods have radically changed the quality of our food, making it nutritionally cheap. With such massive chemical adulteration of the food we eat, we ask : how safe are these chemical cocktails in our “groceries”? Although we like to adopt the moral high ground and assume food ìbastardisationî is something happening elsewhere and not to the food we produce here in New Zealand, in fact more than 4,000 additives are added to the food we eat on a daily basis. Compare this with the 3,000 added to foods sold throughout North America. Furthermore, 38% of the food colours allowed in New Zealand are banned overseas. As a result, New Zealanders who eat a diet comprising mostly processed food, consume more than 100 different additives a day. We hear from Kiwi’s whose lives have radically changed by kicking the additives, draw heavily on experts with the most up to date research, conduct our own tests and follow a family as they learn about what they are really tucking into, and discover that New Zealanders are consuming a potentially alarming amount of harmful additives.

SKU: 005002

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Waves

Price: NZ$30.80

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration:
Year: 2007

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The positive, intensive story in Waves provides us a clear picture of the overseas life of Chinese international students, which is lovely, colourful and special.

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The film is full of humanitarian connotations. This film is an excellent tool for New Zealand people to understand Chinese international students, also it will advance the cultural and educational exchanges between China and New Zealand.
—Mr Zhang, Yuanyuan, The Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand

For teaching notes, please see The Ministry of Education’s teaching resources website.

SKU 058001

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