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The Bridge

Price: NZ$40.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 44 mins approx.
Year: 2001

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Veteran journalist and former TVNZ newsreader Richard Long discovers the intriguing history of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From its planning by the son of a man who once ruled Russia, through its construction by the wave of new Kiwis from Britain in the 1950’s to the addition of the “Nippon Clip-on” from Japan, The Bridge tells the story of the people and events that have shaped this steel and concrete structure into a Kiwi icon.

You’ll meet people who have bungy jumped of it, crashed on it, marched over it in protest, been born on it and even fined for flying under it. And in the process you’ll discover a bit more about what it means to be a Kiwi

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Te Whiringa Taura o Whanganui

Price: NZ$35.75

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 52 mins
Year: 2007
Rating: Exempt

Sacha Utupoto Keating of Ngati Ruaka explores the beautiful Whanganui River which has been fought over for centuries. The conflict continues into the 21st Century.

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The beautiful, mysterious and magical Whanganui River has been central to the lives of Maori for over seven hundred years. Providing food, shelter and transport, it is both a taonga (treasure) and source of identity for the people living along its banks. In myth, its steep cliffs are the result of a fight over a woman. It has been fought over ever since, and the conflict continues today.

This is the story of a river and an iwi. It is also a story of conflict – race against race, iwi against iwi, even brother against brother. Te Whiringa Taura o Whanganui weaves dramatized reconstructions, archival footage and modern imagery into a rich and colourful story.

What the critics said:

“I usually run a mile from docos containing too many historical ‘dramatisations’, and further still from docos where much of the dialogue is in Te Reo M?ori, with subtitles. But writer/director Howard Taylor’s investigation of the mythical, historical, ecological and spiritual aspects of the Whanganui River is deeply moving. You’re left entertained, enlightened and politicised.”

- Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times

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Te Pito o te Henua

Price: NZ$30.80

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 30 mins
Year: 1993

The story of Easter Island, Te Pito o te Henua or Rapanui, is a powerful parable of our time.

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Some seven or eight hundred years ago the humans on the Earth’s most far-flung settlement chopped down the very last tree.

A modern Polynesian investigator travels back in time to find out how it was possible for his ancestors to ruthlessly destroy their entire world and themselves with it.

He calls on the memory of the island’s discoverer Hotu Matua, who returns as a ghost to see for himself the deeds of his descendants. The two visitors also discover an amazing cultural antidote to the sickness of civilisation.

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Shaky Beginnings. The Shaping of New Zealand

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 60 mins
Year: 2007
Rating: Exempt

How was New Zealand formed? Where did the mountains and the plains come from?

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Join Jim Hickey on a geological adventure to discover about the origins of New Zealand. Features spectacular aerials, stunning footage of rare plants and animals, bubbling mud and steaming cauldrons, plus archive footage of some of New Zealand’s worst natural disasters.

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Prospects

Price: NZ$26.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 25 mins
Year: 1989

This is the story of the first campaign to save the Coromandel from mining.

In 1986 gold mining companies were keen to begin prospect drilling in some of the most beautiful parts of the Coromandel. Locals began organising to stop them. Eventually protesters occupied drilling sites making it impossible for the prospecting to continue despite the intervention of the police.

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The media attention given to the protest campaign soon led the then Labour government to ban mining on the Coromandel and to the creation of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act which extended the same protection to other iconic parts of New Zealand.

It lasted two decades before a National government led by John Key in 2010, wanted to let the miners back in.

The film looks at the effects of the Waihi gold mine on the environment and Waihi township. It shows the effects of mining in the 19th Century including the poisoning of streams with heavy metal leachates exuding from the mines. This leachate continues to flow into coastal waters contributing to abnormally high levels of mercury in Hauraki Gulf snapper. The mining companies took their gold and left but a toxic legacy remains for generations to come.

Prospects was screened on TVNZ as off-peak viewing but still resulted in an expensive legal battle with the gold miners who claimed they had been misrepresented, a warning perhaps to others who think they can take on the might of transnational corporations.

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One Man, One Cow, One Planet

Price: NZ$30.80

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 56 mins
Year: 2007
Rating: Exempt

Our ecosystems ore overwhelmed. Humanity’s increasing demands are exceeding the Earth’s carrying capacity.

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A simple recipe to save the world?

One old man and a bucket of cow-dung.

Are you crazy?

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