School programme

From the shore

90 minute programme

16 December 2018 – 21 July 2019

Free for Porirua schools or $2 per child per programme.

Watch a variety of films, understand the context and history of Māori film making 

About the exhibition

From The Shore considers the impact of Māori filmmakers Barry Narclay and Merata Mita and how their pioneering strategies and philosophies have had a profound influence on the current generation of indigenous filmmakers making films by Māori, about Māori and for Māori.

Curriculum Links

The Arts, Visual Arts: Students will investigate and consider the relationship between the production of art works and their contexts and influences UC. Students will compare and contrast the ways in which ideas and art-making processes are used to communicate meaning in selected objects and images CI.


Social Sciences: Students will understand how the ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on people’s lives. Students will understand how the Treaty of Waitangi is responded to differently by people in different times and places.

Pre and Post visit ideas

View some of the films (or trailers) and documentaries directed and co-directed by Barry Barclay and Meirata Mita (if possible).


Research into some of the events/issues/protests that were making headlines during the 1970s and 1980s in New Zealand and their opposing sides. How many were divided along racial, gender and socio-economic lines?


Create a fact file about issues such as Bastion Point, the Springbok Tour of 1981 and collect contemporary newspaper accounts/reports of the events.


Look into the genre of documentary filming (and the use of drama documentaries within a documentary). How important is the Director in this genre?


Discuss the impact and influence bias, prejudice and Eurocentric have had on indigenous film-making.


Contact us

Email patakaeducation@poriruacity.govt.nz or phone (04) 237 3551 if you'd like us to tailor a programme to meet your learning goals.