New Zealand Docos

New Zealand has a rich tradition of quality documentary-making. We may not be able to get Merita Mita's 'Patu' but we do have the searing social commentary of 'In A Land of Plenty' or 'Out of Sight'. Look into New Zealand's history with 'The New Zealand Wars' or 'The Toogood Years'. These are New Zealand stories made by New Zealanders and a great treasure for us here. Pictured: The tragic story of the Wahine ferry disaster is told in 'Shipwreck! Deadly Harbour'

1080 - A Shadow of Doubt (2006)

This documentary focusing on Lon Graf and his sons on the use 1080 poison and the effects it is having on birdlife and wildlife New Zealand. Largely s... Read more

25 April (2015)

Director: Leanne Pooley

'25 April' is an innovative feature docudrama created to bring the story of the New Zealand experiences at Gallipoli, Turkey to life for a modern audi... Read more

A Civilised Society (2007)

Director: Alister Barry

Kiwi filmmaker Alister Barry tells the epic story of the struggle between teachers and the radical right during the 1980s and '90s, as the free market... Read more

A Flickering Truth (2015)

Director: Pietra Brettkelly

The fourth feature-length offering from New Zealand documentary filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly (Maori Boy Genius, NZIFF12) is her most ambitious project... Read more

A Flying Visit: Series 1 and 2 (2002)

Starring: Jim Hickey

Former TVNZ weatherman and pilot Jim Hickey flies his plane to some of the country's more unique and remote areas, in search of colourful characters a... Read more

A Personal War (2011)


TVNZ, three stories of New Zealanders at war. Read more

A Time To Remember: New Zealand Edition (2007)


From 1929 the Fox Movietone and Cinesound newsreels played in Cinemas across the country. They immortalised the famous and the infamous, the eccentric... Read more

Act of Murder (1995)

Director: Shirley Horrocks
Starring: Miranda Harcourt

This intriguing documentary presents a performance of the play 'Verbatim', written by William Brandt and based on countless interviews with prison inm... Read more

Ans Westra: Private Journeys / Public Signposts (2006)

Director: Luit Bieringa
Starring: Ans Westra

This insightful documentary features the work of acclaimed photographer Ans Westra, whose photographs of New Zealanders constitute a uniquely expressi... Read more

Antarctica: A Year On Ice (2013)

Director: Anthony Powell

Filmed over 10 years, Frozen Planet photographer Anthony Powell presents a visually stunning and deeply personal chronicle of what it is like to live... Read more