Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report – New Zealand

There have been many books written about New Zealand. These include The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera; Barbara Anderson, All the Nice Girls; Anonymous, The Spin; Graeme Aitken, Fifty Ways of Saying; Eric Beardsley, Blackball 08; Samuel Butler, Erewhon; Ian Cross, The God Boy [Did the main character have curly blonde hair? – miri]; Janet Frame, An Angel at My Table; Keri Hulme, The Bone People (winner of the 1985 Booker Prize); Witi Ihimaera, Bulibasha – King of the Gypsies; and Fiona Kidman, The Book of Secrets. While Ngaio Marsh’s mysteries are set in England, she is a New Zealand native. Her Inspector Alleyn series includes Opening Night and Artists in Crime.

Renaissance Pictures filmed many television series in New Zealand, including Cleopatra 2525; Hercules: The Legendary Journey; Jack of All Trades; Young Hercules; and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Movies that have been filmed in New Zealand include Fly Away Home; Heavenly Creatures; The Lost World: Jurassic Park; Midnight Run; Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence; No Way Out; Peter Pan (2003); The Piano; Whale Rider; Without A Paddle; and a trilogy that you might have heard of -- The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe was also filmed in New Zealand, but hasn’t been released yet.