April 14, 2015
Tuhoe building challenge captured on film
Cast and crew of a documentary on the building on Tuhoe's new headquarters in Taneatua got a sneak preview of the film at the weekend.
Filmmaker Sarah Grohnert says showing Ever the Land in the building where much of it was shot was an uplifting occasion.
She set out three years ago to make a film about sustainable builing in New Zealand, which led to an introduction to architecture firm Jasmax just as it was starting work on Te Wharehou o Tuhoe.
The design was based on the Living Building Challenge which required the use of local material and low energy impact.
Ms Grohnert says rather than a Grand Designs type documentary, she tried to capture the relationship between Tuhoe and the land, as well as capturing some behind the scenes action on the Te Urewera settlement negotiations.
"People will only really understand the building and what it means and also that sustainability if they truly get a grasp of who Tuhoe are as a people, how they live, what their relationship with the land is and then that settlement happening alongside it, so I ended up spending just as much time away from the building site, spending time in the different valleys and communities making up Te Urewera, just spending time with people living their daily lives," she says.
Ever the Land will premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July.
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