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Powerful premiere for Tūhoe "Ever the Land" documentary

Ngāi Tūhoe is aiming to move forward from the dark days of grievances over severe colonisation between the New Zealand Government.

Last night the NZ International Film Festival premiered a documentary called, "Ever the Land" directed by Sarah Grohnert which illustrates Tūhoe moving forward to a better and brighter future, with the completion of their $15mil landmark building, Te Uru Taumatua.

Ms Grohnert's original intention was to film a documentary about architecture. But three years following the late master of New Zealand architecture, Ivan Mercep the film quickly turned into an immersive experience of real life.

"Ever the Land" provides a unique and fascinating insight into the lives of Tūhoe communities, a culture of people closely connected with the land.

The premiere sold out within a day prior to its screening however another opportunity to view the film will be available in Auckland and Wellington on Tuesday.