We are currently putting the finishing touches to two documentaries for Ngai Tahu which together showcase the success the tribe has achieved in the last 10 years.
First to be released will be a 30min doco covering 50 years of the Shotover Jet operation in Queenstown. This is one of the longest running tourism operations in New Zealand and was one of the foundation stones of modern adventure tourism. From much quieter and more sedate origins it has grown into a global icon of action and adventure. The documentary looks at the evolution of the business from its start in the 1960’s through the 1970’s when it was at its most exciting (and riskiest) and into its modern state under the ownership of Ngai Tahu Tourism where safety and reliability are at the forefront of the operation. The documentary will screen on Maori Television.
Also in post production is a second documentary looking at Ngai Tahu’s successful collaboration with the iconic OutwardBound operation in the Marlborough Sounds. Aoraki Bound aims to take Ngai Tahu people on a journey of adventure and discovery where they explore what it means to be Maori. The course takes participants from the Marlborough Sounds and the site of the first Ngai Tahu settlements in Te Waipounamu to their spiritual landmark Aoraki – Mt Cook. The doco is to mark the 10th anniversary of the course and features interviews with Ta Tipene O’Regan, the course founders and several former participants. It’s turned out to be an inspirational story about finding meaning in the modern world.