you have ever wanted to walk through some wild parts of
Fiordland but don't think you have the legs for it, Kavanagh
College has the answer.
Years 10 and 13 pupils have just completed filming Ara
Pounamu, a 10-minute documentary which retraces an old
greenstone trail between Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound.
College Maori dean Tim Lucas said pupils spent four days
filming on the Milford Track and the past month editing the
film as part of a study the classes did on greenstone trails.
''Maori used to travel this exact route to harvest takiwai
(or tangiwai), which is a rare, translucent type of
greenstone from Anita Bay in Milford Sound. Takiwai was used
to make koko (ear pendants and other jewellery) that was
highly prized and only worn by ariki (paramount chiefs).''
The film will have its ''world premiere'' at 7pm next Tuesday
when it is screened at Kavanagh College.
Mr Lucas said people who would love to see some of the beauty
and grandeur of the track without having to walk it were
welcome to attend.
''People will love the incredible scenery and will learn many
Maori names for the mountains, rivers and other features that
we encounter along the way.
''The film aims to encourage Kiwis to get outdoors and walk
some of our world class greenstone trails - many are now
popular walking tracks like the Milford Track, the Routeburn,
the Heaphy - and see how our original trampers did it minus
the technical gear that we have these days.''