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Tū Tonu – Still Standing

An arborist’s climb towards personal and ecological triumph.

Guided by his tupuna, Zane Wedding of Ngāti Kuri and Ngāti Pikiao, has been a relentless defender of ngā rākau and advocate against social injustices. A master arborist, he once occupied a Puriri tree for 100 days to prevent the destruction of native trees. Now, standing at the brink of destiny, balancing the pursuit of a world title with the pressing need to protect his heritage and environment. Which will prevail?

About the Filmmakers

Director: Brady Polkinghorne

Ko Moehau te maunga
Ko Waihou te awa
Ko Ngāti Tamaterā te iwi
Ko Ngāti Kiriwera te hapu
Ko Brady tōku ingoa
Currently studying at Te Wānanga Takiura, Brady is on his own haerenga to learn his reo and reconnect to his whakapapa. Equally he is a tauiri of writing and he is passionate about bringing these two pou together. With a comedy web series under his belt linked to personal experience of silent retreating he’s ready to tell more meaningful stories that connect to his heritage.

Producer: Andy Day

Ko Tainui te tupuna waka
Ko Tainui te iwi
Ko Ngati Hikairo te hapu
Ko Kawhia te moana
Ko Pirongia te maunga
Ko Waipapa te marae
Andy has run a commercial film studio for over 7 years, specialising in branded content and documentaries. He is also on a personal reconnection journey and has set his sights on telling the stories that strengthen and enrich his connection to Te Ao Maori and whakapapa.