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Paekakariki on Film

Paekakariki on Film

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  • Sun 8 Mar ’15, 7:00pm – 8:15pm


St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $10.00
  • Concession: $5.00


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Due to popular demand, we're bringing back "Paekakariki on Film" (last shown in 2007 to a large local crowd). The programme provides insight into life in Paekakariki from 1924 -1975, as shown in a varied selection of home movies and newsreels.

Live musical accompaniment for the silent films on the programme will be provided by pianist Gilbert Haisman.

One of the themes of the programme is travel, cars traverse the steep Paekakariki Hill Road in 1924 — the only road access at the time. In one film, a car is glimpsed refilling and cooling down after the challenging drive over the Hill. In 1939 the Paekakariki sea road was opened. The official opening filmed by the Ministry of Works records the crowds, the ribbon-cutting ceremony and cars making their way along the new road.

Among the home movies on the programme are charming scenes of Christmas get-togethers and games. Adults and children run races on the beach, children compete to eat “Apple on a String” and run in the “Egg and Spoon Race”. The beach is the site of Kodak staff picnics in the 1950s and staff lounge on the sand, take part in competitions, and line up for ice creams.

Local sporting events also feature, including golf in Paekakariki in 1939 and a 1940s newsreel showing a cycle and cross country race.

"Paekakariki on Film" celebrates Paekakariki residents, including Alistair Campbell (who reads his poem “Against Te Rauparaha,” “Aunty” Jean Andrews (who recalls the war years in Paekakariki), and poets Dennis Glover and Jacqui Baxter. Temporary residents, the American Marines who trained in camp near Paekakariki, feature in the films too.

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