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Reel Life in Rural New Zealand

When:

Sat 16 Mar 2013, 2:00pm
Sat 16 Mar 2013, 4:00pm
Sat 16 Mar 2013, 7:30pm

Where: Maraekakaho Station Woolshed, 3513 State Highway 50, Maraekakaho, Hastings

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Agriculture, history and incredible inventions from the Hawke's Bay, Tararua and Wairarapa regions will be showcased in all their cinematic glory when the New Zealand Film Archive and New Zealand Historic Places Trust partner to present a programme of films that spans the 20th century.

Local history will come to life again in historic woolsheds (registered by the NZHPT), through a selection of films from the Film Archive vaults. The 75 minute programme pays tribute to the rich and diverse heritage of the region, encompassing farming history, shearing gangs, Kiwi inventions dating back to 1913, and some of the unique rituals of country life.

The Reel Life in Rural New Zealand programme is a compilation of 20 short films, showcasing stories from Hawke's Bay to Wairarapa. These include Broad Acres: A New Zealand Sheep Station (1940), a dramatised documentary centering around city girl who visits a family of Hawke's Bay sheep farmers, as well as newsreel and documentary footage showing returned servicemen being trained as farmers near Masterton in 1945, the Puketapu Valley Settlers in 1952, and farming families living in Tinui in 1947 and Te Maire in 1960.

The famous topiary garden at Neuman, near Eketahuna, also features. Created by farmer John Cooper, the garden was a popular destination for tourists in the 1930s, who came to see couches, animals, a pianist playing the piano, and many more impressive topiary works.

See items on shearing in the 1950s, such as a film of the 1961 Golden Shears, which features Godfrey and Ivan Bowen, while other films showcase inventions for the farm and home. Among these are the new 1953 master comb, the first electric tractor and the Wenham’s Outlaw pushmower (which could cut through 4” bolts without problem). Percy Fisher’s monoplane is documented lifting off (momentarily) into the Wairarapa sky in 1913, and MacEwan’s “flying banana” pump cleans the cowshed and gives joyrides to the kids.

Image credit: "Pacific Magazine 9" (1955).