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  1. Part one of five from this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of five from this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of five from this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of five from this full length documentary.

  5. Part five of five from this full length documentary.

  6. The credits for this documentary.


This beautifully-shot documentary is a social and architectural history of the great NZ bach (or crib for those south of the Waitaki). Maggie Barry tracks their evolution from workers’ cottages to a fully fledged icon in danger of extinction: as the blind eye turned by councils that made them possible becomes a thing of the past, and the coastline becomes too valuable to allow ‘just anyone’ to erect a shack on it. The Kiwi spirit that created the building is celebrated; and bach enthusiasts interviewed include Sam Hunt, Keri Hulme, Karl Stead and Rawiri Paratene.

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 John Milligan
 Jan McKinley
 Mike Kerslake

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 Kim Baker

Kim Baker | website

Hi Tess,
NZ On Screen has no DVD availability information for this title. It is a TVNZ title so perhaps requesting a copy from their Footage department may be your best option. Here is the link:

 Tess Ross

Tess Ross

A wonderful trip back to my childhood,- thank you. Can I buy a copy to keep please? Or is it in print form somewhere?


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The veneer comes off and you revert to being a happy primate. 
I’ve always liked baches and when they are ugly I like them because they are so ugly. 
But the beauty of the bach has always been the freedom to interpret the form. It is folk art or folk architecture ... unconstrained by convention, uncluttered by aesthetic concerns.