Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is a chance for us to collectively think about our mental health and increase the conversation in the mainstream. Loading Docs have produced documentaries tackling issues and telling personal stories on the subject.

The Barter Barber

After losing four friends to suicide, crisis-trained barber Sam Dowdall embarks on a road trip to change the current landscape of men’s mental health.

Madness Made Me

Down the end of the long polished corridor, Mary O’Hagan comes face to face with the condemning words written about her in her psychiatric files.

OK Chlöe

Millennial MP, Chlöe Swarbrick, challenges the establishment during the most important year of her political career.

Wahine Warrior

After a brush with death, she was reborn a warrior. Using hunting as therapy, she must overcome her past to lead a self-sustained sisterhood.




Loading Docs is proud to announce Te Wao Nui has been selected for the 21st imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content.

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Kauri are dying. A traditional Māori healer has one last chance to save an entire forest, one tree at a time.

A devastating disease threatens to destroy Aotearoa’s last remaining Kauri trees. Standing in the way of losing these prehistoric giants forever is a Māori healer. Tohe Ashby is looking for answers held within the ancient knowledge of the first nations of Aotearoa – mātauranga Māori. Discover the roots of indigenous medicine in a final bid to save the last of these great trees. E ara! Ka tangi te Kauri.

Ringatohu/Kaitohu: Ngāriki Ngatae

Kaihautū: Karen Sidney

Māori Language Week

Kia ora! Welcome to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Loading Docs create one short documentary every season in full Te Reo. As part of Māori Language Week, watch our Te Reo documentaries and discover important Māori stories from the heart of Aotearoa.

Te Wao Nui

This year we present the incredible ‘Te Wao Nui’, directed by Ngāriki Ngatae and produced by Karen Sidney, selected for the world’s largest indigenous film festival, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts. Kauri are dying. A traditional Māori healer has one last chance to save an entire forest, one tree at a time.

He Hekenga Tūhura

Allan George, Justin Scott and Moehau Hodges-Tai filmed Sir Hector Busby in his final interview. Just weeks before his passing, Sir Hector Busby discusses a legacy of celestial navigation and waka carving, considering who will carry the knowledge into the future.

John the Baptist

A story about our beautiful language, created by Kayne Ngātokowhā Peters and Piata Gardiner-Hoskins. At the beginning of the 19th century, te reo Māori was the most commonly spoken language in Aotearoa. It is now considered one of the world’s most endangered languages. An Englishman travels to New Zealand to learn Māori so he can spread God’s love in te reo.

Kotuku Rerenga Rua

Tim Worrall and Aaron Smart present an inspiring Māori story with kaha and kiko. A larger-than-life Māori academic is returned to the land of the living by the power of love and the strength of his culture.

Loading Docs te reo Māori documentaries were been made possible with the support of Te Māngai Pāho.