EVER THE LAND
EVER THE LAND explores the sublime bond between people and their land through the landmark design and construction of a unique “Living Building” by one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngai Tuhoe.
For 150 years, longstanding grievances over extreme colonisation tactics such as illegal land confiscation and scorched earth policies had defined the relationship between Tuhoe and a succession of New Zealand governments. Then in 2014, history was made: Te Urewera, Tuhoe’s ancestral homelands, were returned, the New Zealand government gave an official apology, and the Tuhoe people built the first ever “Living Building” in Aotearoa.
Conceived as symbolic testament to Ngai Tuhoe values and their vision of self-governance, the new building, and the story of its design and construction, ties together a wealth of characters, history and experiences in this thoroughly engaging observational documentary. The creation of the building immerses us in a culture of people closely entwined with the land, and in a form of architecture distinguished by the integrity of its relationship with the environment.
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