This first episode of the the ground-breaking Māori Television series looks at the influence of the idea of 'the village' on Māori architecture. Architect Rau Hoskins is guide as he ranges from traditional designs, such as Rotorua's Whakarewarewa thermal village, to Rua Kenana's extraordinary circular meeting house — with its club and diamonds decor — built on an Urewera mountainside. Hoskins ends at 26m high Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Wellington, made from recycled car packing cases. The episode won Best Information Programme at the 2011 Aotearoa Film and TV Awards.
The series is beautifully shot local cultural history through architecture, very much the story of how the built environment helps inform who we are.– Diana Wichtel, Listener, 4 July 2011