Documentary Aotearoa

Showcasing our indigenous diversity in some of the finest New Zealand made documentaries. Made with the support of NZ On Air and available On Demand.

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Pakipūmeka Aotearoa videos.

Matariki

18, As the constellation Matariki rises in the southern skies to mark the Māori New Year, a random act of violence leaves eight people in crisis, searching for hope and new beginnings. (R)

Kororā The Little Blue Penguin

. PREMIERE: A family from Banks Peninsula work to protect and survey the Indigenous population of white flippered penguins, through predator trapping and citizen science.

Whitney

M, L. (M) An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston. (2018)

Through The Lens

To mark Māori Television’s 10th birthday, this special documentary reflects on the past decade to uncover how its coverage has shaped families, communities and Aotearoa as a nation. (PREMIERE)

Section 501

Made with the support of NZ On Air. Follow the experiences of several New Zealand born ex-prisoners abruptly deported from Australia and tossed into the hands of a remarkable group of men and women tirelessly working to help them turn their lives around. 

Tapu Te Ranga Marae

In June 2019, Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington City was devastated by fire, just two years after the passing of the man who built it, Kaumatua Bruce Stewart. (RP)

He Māngai Wāhine - The Women's Voices

Made with the support of NZ On Air. Drawing parallels and taking a look at a New Zealand that was divided not only by gender but also by race. This is the story of Māori women who have been forgotten by the mainstream narrative but not by Māori, for their involvement in the suffragette movement.

First Voyagers

Early NZ history documentary on the settlement of Otago by the Chinese and Scots and their interaction with Ngāi Tahu who owned the land. (RP)