Join us our 2017 Cinema Series featuring films from New Zealand’s illustrious cinema history.  Supported by the New Zealand Film Commission Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga, we’ll be screening a different New Zealand film every four months in our media theatre.  Check out our What’s On page for screening dates. 


Poi E: The Story of Our Song (2016)

‘Poi E’, a simple song with a catchy beat released 32 years ago, has become New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem. With humour, energy and emotion, the movie Poi E is the story of how that iconic song gave pride to generations of New Zealanders. From Taika Waititi giving Stan Walker his quirky take on life in the 1980s to Pātea Māori Club members’ straight-talking and funny memories of the song’s visionary originator Dalvanius Prime, director Tearepa Kahi (Mt Zion) captures a unique story that taps into the heart of the nation. The archival material that features throughout this documentary was sourced from the Livingston Baker Archive at Aotea Utanganui.

Disarming and charming, hilarious and moving, their narration of this story is both wildly entertaining and indelibly memorable. And above all, 100 percent Kiwi” – Newshub film reviewer Kate Rodger.

Daily Screening in Media Theatre from December 2017 – March 2018 | G | Documentary | 96mins

Up-Coming Screening | Ngā Kiriata ka tae ā kō ake nei ki Aotea Utanganui


The Reel People of New Zealand (2016)                                    

This movie takes a look into New Zealand’s independently owned cinema theatres, a bygone era, still surviving in cities and small towns of New Zealand. There is a nostalgic connection to this movie, as the world moves on, technology makes it easier to view films from home, via the internet, as in Netflix or local provider Quickflix.

Even the local video library store is disappearing. So what’s left for the future of Cinema? This interesting documentary explores what it means for Kiwis going to the cinema, a question that has prompted the making of this short film. This quaint film is a love letter to local film theaters and will appeal to nostalgic lovers of local cinema. Is going to the cinema a lost cause? The film will shine hope that the ‘movie going’ experience is still alive in NZ. That feeling of treasured memories, sitting in darkened theatre and sharing an experience with other people.

The documentary is a sweet stroll down memory lane, it’s a nostalgic hope for future cinema theatres. Through the film you will visit theatres right through New Zealand, for example, Te Awamutu’s beautiful museum of a theatre, with its awesome collection of movie memorabilia, really captures for me what going to a cinema is all about. Sometimes you can’t replace character, treasure, and escape, selling the in-house experience. There is even a visit to a cinema on Stewart Island. Go see this treasure of a film that will hopefully resurrect this timeless tradition.

Daily Screening in Media Theatre from April – June 2018 | G | 2016 |Documentary | 30mins | Dir. Nicholas Homler