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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 from this documentary.


Long isolated and the last land mass to be settled, New Zealand contains a world of Alice Through the Looking Glass natural oddities: birds, insects and plants like nowhere else. Jared Diamond remarked, "it is the nearest approach to life on another planet". Front-running camera techniques (earning a Merit Award at 2002 International Wildlife Film Festival) and Māori myth reveal these Ghosts of Gondwana, delving into the night-time world of ancient forests: bat-filled tree trunk saunas, “demon grasshopper” weta, and furry kiwi with chopstick bills.

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 Rod Morris
 Peter Hayden
 Ian McGee

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Hi Sara, I'm not sure where you're getting your 'facts' on Moriori, but would recommend doing a little background reading. Even wiki has it about right:



I viewed this doco with interest. I note there was a translation into maori, is there a video in Maori as well? If so where can one access it?
Ignore the negative comments and arguments whether or not Maori, Moriori whalers sealers were here first. Its just astonishing to realize the evolution of some of our native gems.
Kia ora Wiremu.



dont forget the aliens or atlantis! that comment below about the fault is just offensive



Easy on the Cannibal airhead.



Wow. My science teacher showed us this in her lecture and it is amazing. I'd just like to point out a small fault. The first people to get to New Zealand were the Moriori people. They were also from Polynesia, but they got here so much earlier that they were red haired, pale of skin (rather like the "patupaiarehe" in appearance) and peaceful, rather than fighters and cannibals like the Maori. There is also evidence of Scottish, Spanish and Roman people (probably shipwrecked explorers) here before them.

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2002 IWFF International Wildlife Film Festival at Missoula
Merit Award for Excellent Footage