22 Aug 2014
This month marks 100 years since the release of Hinemoa, New Zealand’s first feature film
Hinemoa premiered at Auckland’s Lyric Theatre in August 1914 – it opened the first week of World War I.
The film was shot in Rotorua. Impressively, it was completed in 8 days, on a budget of £50.
The film was a massive box office success at the time, but unfortunately no footage survives today.
We are able to glean a sense of the film’s visual style from the promotional materials, housed in the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Documentation Collection.
Archival audio from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Any re-use of these audio clips is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recordings, contact us.
Hero image: Hera Tawhai Rogers in the role of Hinemoa. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Documentation Collection.