Greenies meet The Castle in this 2014 film from first-time feature director Anton Steel. The Z-Nail Gang tells the story of locals joining to fight plans to dig an opencast goldmine in nearby bush — using nails in car tyres, Santa suits and a rap song, instead of monkey wrenches. The making of this down-home take on eco-activism was also a grassroots effort, with the film made by harnessing community support in the Bay of Plenty town of Te Puke. At the 2014 NZ Film Awards it was nominated for Best Self-Funded Film, and Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Rare).
I know: I think I'm going to write them a strongly worded letter!– Mareeka (Tanya Horo)'s first plan
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World premiere on 1 August 2014 at Te Puke's Capitol Cinema 4, followed by release in other New Zealand cinemas