The crowd-funded kayaking documentary Rivering New Zealand premiere showings will be held in Christchurch (3 March), Auckland (17 March) and Okere Falls (19 March). Rivering has been led by Bill Parks and Glenn Murdoch with contributions from many others. Check out the Rivering trailer.
RIVERING; An Ode to Whitewater
A story about wild rivers and those who find escape in them, filmed in the New Zealand wilderness.
Kayaking can take you places no one else can go. It gets under your skin, it is an obsession. This is a film about the rest of us: oldsters, youngsters, weekend warriors, beginners, perpetual intermediates. Showcasing the sport we love, the people we paddle with and the wild rivers that we call home. Highlighting the New Zealand wilderness, and especially its wild rivers. Mick Hopkinson, a veteran paddler and instructor, has called them “New Zealand’s cathedrals.” They are majestic. They are unique. They are unspoiled. And they are fragile.
You don’t need to be an expert paddler to experience this, nor do you need any special talent. Kayaking rewards those who put in the effort. This film is as much about rivers as it is about people: from ten-year-olds to the octogenarians who created the sport for us. It may be called “An Ode to Whitewater” but really it is an ode to being active, to being engaged, to being in the outdoors in any way.
Christchurch, 3 March, Cashmere High School Auditorium, $15 via PaddlerZone or Long Cloud Kayaks
Auckland, 17 March, Library B15, University of Auckland, $5 at door.
Okere Falls, 19 March, Okere Falls Store, $5 at door