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A Cat Among the Pigeons Television – 1992 Documentary

A Cat Among the Pigeons

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In the late 80s the creation of a new public park in central Wellington became an act of cross-cultural collaboration, and an infamous battlezone between artist, council and naysayers. Following positive feedback over her design, council staff decided that redevelopment of Pigeon Park (an old pa site) would be led by Māori artist Shona Rapira Davies. This doco follows the passionate, stroppy Rapira Davies, as she fights cost overruns, landscape architects and passersby, and for her vision (which involved handcrafting Te Aro park's 20,000+ ceramic tiles).

If you people don’t come up with the money, and before the end of the month, we might as well call it quits as far as I’m concerned.
– Shona Rapira Davies, during negotiations with Wellington City Council

Produced by

Pamela Meekings-Stewart

Source

Pamela Meekings-Stewart

Acknowledgements

Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission. Produced with assistance of QEII Arts Council of New Zealand and TVNZ.

Music

Music composed by Jonathan Besser