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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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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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Waves

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
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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.

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War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 90 mins
Year: 1995
Rating: [G]

Extraordinary true love stories set during the Second World War.

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There’s something about the way old woman talk about their lives that tells it like it was with no apologies. This is certainly true for the subjects of WAR STORIES – Our Mothers Never Told Us.

Byron wrote: “Love is of man’s life a thing apart, T’is a woman’s whole existence”.

Photographed against black velvet, lit by Alun Bollinger, One of New Zealand’s top cinematographers, these women tell bitter sweet tales of grief, laughter, love and loneliness.

New Zealand had a small population – just over 1.5 million people in 1939. Over the war years, thousands upon thousands of young men left to fight a war which was raging in places hardly any of them had heard of. Most of the women, young and old, stayed behind only to find their lives turned upside down. What had once been acceptable behaviour was often now out of the question. More importantly the opposite was also true. Many secrets were kept as the social order flipped and left exposed the private fears and prejudices of people.

“Loose tongues cost lives”
“Keep it under your hat”

In a country where not a shot was fired, wartime slogans in a strange way seem to mirror the private reality for many women who felt obliged to send the boys off to the front “happy” and to entertain American servicemen on leave from the Pacific.

Many of them were bringing up small children of their own, and suffering from the double standard of time which created an enormous rift between public and personal realities.

Then the boys came home and nothing was the same. The experience had changed them and the women too. How things were, was not how they were meant to be. An entire generation of New Zealanders, in a desperate bid to recreate “normal”, seem to have kept an enormous secret.

Since the 1950’s the silence in some ways has been deafening.

Now in their late 70’s and 80’s, against a backdrop of stills, montages and archive moving picture, surrounded by music they all danced to so splendidly, these women are ready to tell.

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Velvet Dreams

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 46 mins
Year: 1998

Velvet Dreams is a titillating introduction to the world of velvet painting, a genre most noted for its portraits of topless ‘dusky maidens’ painted on black velvet.

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The film is narrated in mock Sam Spade style by a man so obsessed by a woman seen in a junk shop painting that he traverses the Pacific to find out who she was. We meet velvet artists and collectors in Seattle, Arthur Leeteg’s widow in Tahiti, art historians in Auckland and, finally 88 year–old velvet painter, adventurer and party boy, Charles McPhee.

Velvet Dreams is directed by award winning director Sima Urale, whose O Tamaiti won the best short film award at the Venice Film Festival in 1996.

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Va Tapuia

Price: NZ$20.00

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Format: DVD Video
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Stereo
Duration: 15 minutes
Language: Samoan with English subtitles

This film tells the story of a farmer, Lui, who is burdened by the death of his beloved wife. In turn he has infected his land and crops with his grief and sadness.

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There is also a widow, Malia, who has forsaken her abusive husband’s grave to the mercy of the elements. She is punished and haunted by his memory and she spends days sitting at the ruins of their home watching his grave slowly being consumed by the rising sea. Their chance meeting inspires Lui to reach out to her and change both their lives.

O lenei ata e faatatau I se faimaumaga, e igoa ia Lui, o loo mafatia ona o le oti faafuasei o lona toalua. O ona faanoanoaga ma le loto vaivai ua aafia ai foi lana galuega ma le
siosiomaga.

E le gata i lea, ae o le talaaga foi o se faletua e igoa ia Malia, o loo tauivi ma le loto salamo ona o le tuu lafoaina o le tuugamau o lona toalua fa’asaua.

O le fetaui o nei tagata e toalua o le a suia ai o la olaga.

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