Film Screening and Q&A

In 1978, a young Vincent Ward filmed the day-to-day life of an elderly Māori woman, Puhi, and her dependent schizophrenic son, living in isolation in Te Urewera. In 1980 this film was released, titled In Spring One Plants Alone. In the years following the films release, Ward learned more about Puhi, her extraordinary life, and why she believed herself to be cursed. Puhi had been chosen by Tūhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, survived the 1916 police raid on Rua’s Maungapohatu community and went on to have fourteen children.

In Rain of the Children (2008), Ward tells her story, cutting between early footage, interviews with Tūhoe descendents, and historical recreations featuring Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison.

The screening will be followed by a conversation and Q & A with the filmmaker, Vincent Ward and Nancy Tait, Tribal co-producer for Rain of the Children. Please join the gallery for refreshments afterwards. This event will be introduced by Chief Curator Robert Leonard.


  • Koha


  • Mon 02 Aug


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street
  • Pōneke Wellington, 6140