A brilliant film session focussed on kauri was held on Saturday to tie in with NZ day.
Widely recognised by many as a cultural taonga and icon of our unique native flora, kauri trees and the exploitation of their timber have been at the heart of the story of the development of Aotearoa New Zealand.The kauri timber milling industry that flourished from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s was a massive economic driver for the burgeoning economy of a young nation, as well as shaping the development of towns and cities across the North Island.
This screening presented a selection of archival titles from The Film Archive which chart the shifting relationship between people and kauri over the last 100 years, followed by a new documentary examining the latest threat to kauri, a microscopic soil-borne organism causing the devastating Kauri Dieback Disease, and the role we must all now play in caring for kauri.
The selection of archival films was well received and provided a couple of moments of unintentional humour via the presenters of Spot On and the language used by the Country Calendar presenter. The "Save Our Kauri Forests" DVD provided the much-needed update for all on the current status and lead into some lively discussion. Will Ngakuru also joined us and provided additional information along with Nick. A suggestion was made to hold an outdoor "picnic" screening somewhere close to a forest as a way of providing a focus on the reality of the issue.
Thanks to Paula Booker from the New Zealand Film Archive, Jon Bywater from Elam for organising the venue and Nick Waipara from Auckland Biosecurity. Though small, this was a successful event.