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Movie Review: Ever the Land

8 September 2015

A debut documentary that tells a big Ngai Tuhoe story, this film is perhaps most remarkable for being by a German-born filmmaker who had been here less than four years when she shot it. Curious and intelligent, Grohnert captures much about Ngai Tuhoe - the people and the land - that eludes local non-Maori observers. Ostensibly it's a film...

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From a young age I have followed my dad on his hīkoi looking after Tuna here at Waikaremōana. He talked to me of his concern of the power station at Piripāua and how this used to be a natural route for the elvers to take to reach the upper lakes. But with the structure there it found that the elvers were getting cut up by the rotating machines...

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