Architecture Week comes to Auckland

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AGM Publishing’s Architecture NZ magazine, with Resene, is to host a film night at the Auckland Art Gallery to help celebrate next week’s Auckland Architecture week (Tuesday-Sunday 22-27 September).

The two films featured are A Place to Call Home (director Briar March; producer Richard Riddiford) which focuses on the fate of state housing in New Zealand in the face of gentrification and privatisation, and the Ever the Land documentary.

Finding a home in New Zealand has never been more difficult or expensive, yet the government is about to sell off a third of its state houses. A Place to Call Home follows Glen Innes state house tenant Betty Kanuta battling to remain in her home, alongside perspectives from developers and community trust workers taking on the massive job of providing social housing.

As resources dwindle, communities are irrevocably altered, and the most vulnerable have the hardest fight.

Ever the Land (director Sarah Grohnert; producer Alexander Behse) recently premiered to acclaim at the New Zealand International Film Festival. It is an observational documentary on the planning and construction of New Zealand’s first ‘living building’, Te Wharehou o Tūhoe. The film presents both the massive challenge of building and the unfolding of a potent symbol of Ngāi Tūhoe philosophy, all framed against ongoing negotiations with the Government.


  • 3pm: Welcome drinks and nibbles
  • 3.30pm: Ever the Land – 90 minutes, followed by 10-15 minute Q&A with the film’s editor Prisca Bouchet
  • Complimentary drinks break and nibbles
  • 5.35pm: A Place to Call Home – 80 minutes, followed by 10-15 minute Q&A with the film’s director Briar March
  • 7.25pm: Finish

All proceeds from the Mini Film Festival will assist ĀKAU, an architectural social enterprise in Northland that is working with disadvantaged youth to help develop innovative solutions to the issues that their communities are facing.

ĀKAU’s directors, architect Felicity Brenchley and architectural designers Ruby Watson and Ana Heremaia run workshop programmes in the design of real projects and products, allowing their students to see tangible outcomes for their hard work.

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