This is the House that Bruce Built

'This is the House that Bruce Built' is one of our current documentary projects and is in post-production.

This is the House that Bruce Built

The history of this project is tied in with the history of the filmmaker’s friendship. Director Vanessa Patea and Producer Ruth Korver met at Tapu te Ranga Marae in 2004, when Ruth filmed a short documentary about Vanessa and her rock art installation painting in Te Whare Tane Whai Ora, a whare at Tapu te Ranga Marae.

"I grew up as an urban Maori in West Auckland and moved to Wellington at age 20. The first time I went to Tapu te Ranga Marae, you couldn’t keep me away." 

Although not my Iwi Marae, I would visit the Marae just to do the dishes, or be part of the Powhiri, when the Manuhiri came. I felt a sense of belonging in a Maori community that was previously unaccessible to me. This is one of my key motivations for making the documentary. I also have a long-standing connection with the Stewart family and I understand the need for these urban Marae to exist. The story of Tapu te Ranga Marae needs to be told in its entirety by the many voices that contribute to the Marae" You can follow this project on Facebook.