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Boy

Boy

cclaimed director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) presents a creative coming-of-age comedy set in 1984, following an eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic nicknamed "Boy" (James Rolleston). With his mother dead and father AWOL, Boy becomes the head of a household full of kids when his Nana leaves town for a funeral.Out of nowhere, Boy's Dad (Waititi) rolls up in a vintage car with his "gang", and turns Boy's life upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights, and falling-outs, as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago.Waititi adopts a fanciful deadpan tone that's part Wes Anderson and part Flight of the Conchords, complete with child-like animations and hilarious re-enactments of Michael Jackson music videos. It's one of the most creative comedi [...]
Online
2018; 2010
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

From acclaimed New Zealand director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) comes an award-winning new comedy. Julian Dennison stars as Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neil) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together.
Online
2018; 2016
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Gold Rush [electronic resource]

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Five ingenious scientists start their epic journey on the other side of the world to hunt for gold. Kate Humble joins the team of modern-day prospectors as they follow in the footsteps of the original gold pioneers on the rugged and unforgiving west coast of New Zealand's South Island.
Online
2005
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New Zealand 2 [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

Travelers Ian Wright and Zay Harding head out on individual expeditions of New Zealand in this Globe Trekker video. New Zealand is a land of immense natural beauty, with amazing extremes of climate and terrain, from rain forest to reef, and glacier to volcano. Zay explores the Lord of the Rings filming locations, participates in a sheep-shearing contest, attends a Maori ragatta in Ngaruawahia, learns about the art of canoe paddling, plays rugby with the national women's team, travels across the Southern Alps, attends the Hokitka Wild Foods Festival, takes a two-day trek through the forest, and ends up at the serene waters of Milford Sound. Meanwhile, Ian hitches a ride in a 1950s house truck, visits hot springs, and is welcomed into a Maori community where he gets first-hand experien [...]
Online
2006
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Adrenaline Nation [electronic resource]: New Zealand's Adventure Tourism

If you like a thrill, it's easy to fall for New Zealand. Adventure tourism is one of the country's most lucrative industries, and bungee jumping was practically invented there. But not everyone walks away from an extreme sports experience in New Zealand. Over the past eight years at least 50 people have died in accidents that may have been preventable if stricter litigation and compensation guidelines had been in place. Tour operators scoff at what they feel is a lawsuit-happy mindset, and recommend that those who are "scared of getting their knees dirty" go elsewhere for vacation. Is it possible to keep visitors safe without taking the adventure out of adventure tourism? This program examines New Zealand's adventure tourism industry and exposes significant flaws in the country's saf [...]
Online
2012
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The Treaty of Waitangi [electronic resource]: An Introduction

Reaching agreement on the legal meaning and the "spirit" of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, has led to fierce debate and violent conflict between European settlers and the Maori peoples since its signing in 1840. This program examines the events leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, consequences of the signing, the key points of difference in the two versions of the treaty, the treaty in the twentieth century, and the founding of the Waitangi Tribunal. The video is an excellent resource for students of New Zealand history as well as indigenous rights studies.
Online
2013
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Allan Baldwin: In Frame

Through one incredible journey this doc immerses us in the Maori world in a way very few ethnographic explorations manage. In the 60s Allan, a young photographer, traveled through Aotearoa, obsessed with preserving the image of the moko, a Maori tattoo put on the chins of the Kuia women. Uncovering this breathtaking collection of photographs and his memories, the wisdom and beauty of an ancient culture is uniquely captured.
Online
2016; 2013
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Dance of the Instant [electronic resource]: The New Dance Group, 1945-1947

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The New Dance Group played a key role in pioneering modern dance in New Zealand in the 1940s - an inspiring example of a young group without money or institutional support, who succeeded in creating something new in the arts by sheer determination and innovative thinking. Their story (which involves some well-known New Zealanders from theatre and education) reflects the excitement of the immediate post-war years in New Zealand.
Online
2008