- Sat 16 Jul 2022
- Len Lye Cinema
- Rating: Exempt
- In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
- o Face coverings to be worn
- General $14
- Concession $10 for seniors, students, gallery friends and community service card holders (with valid ID)
- Booking recommended
- As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
- To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
Whetū Mārama: Bright Star is the story of Sir Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Puhipi, aka Hek Busby, and his significance for Māori in rekindling their wayfinding DNA and for all New Zealanders in reclaiming our place as traditional star voyagers on the world map.
Screening is followed with a Q & A session with director Toby Mills
30 years ago there were no waka hourua, no ocean-going waka/canoes and no surviving knowledge of celestial navigation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Oral history and carved artefacts were all that remained of our ancestral Pacific voyagers.
We have come a long way since then. Double hulled canoes have been built. Celestial Navigation has been re-learned. The Pacific Triangle has been sailed.
Sir Hekenukumai Puhipi Busby has helmed this renaissance in Aotearoa. He and his crews have proved beyond doubt that those ancient Pacific Voyagers were not blown far south to New Zealand by accident. They were able seamen who knew where they were going and how to get here.
Under Hek’s watch, the waka/canoe movement in New Zealand has flourished to embrace thousands of New Zealanders, connect us with other Pacific Voyagers, and involve us with the greatest world’s wayfarers.
2021 | Documentary | 90 min | Dir. Toby Mills & Aileen O'Sullivan