This DVD captures the beauty of the Southern Province of New Zealands' South Island, known to the Maori as Murihiku, The Southern Land.
With breath taking High Definition aerial filming, we take you on a scenic journey capturing the people in the land they call home.
South Coast Productions show case Southland as it has never been seen before.From the mountains of Fiordland,where deer are captured to the fertile Southland plains along the Catlins Coast to the remote and rugged coasline of Stewart Island.
Mirurihiku The Southern Land
Review by Janette Gellatly for the Southland Express
Visually stunning - is the only way to simplify just how beautiful the latest South Coast Production's DVD s.And the bigger the screen, the more dramatic and overwhelmingly exquisite it is South Coast roduction have spent more than two years splicing together Murihiku The Southern Land.
The best way o describe it is if you were an albratross, this would be your view he day begins, it is morning . . . the Nuggets at Catlins come into view.
``This is where the sun rises.''
The DVD takes the viewer dramatically and spectacularly through the day, through the seasons - and all in 30 minutes. It is moody and seductive. One of its creators and producers Dave Asher, of Riverton, said it was a huge ask to show all of Southland, from Milford Sound to the bottom of Stewart Island. There was so much to see and so many different things to focus on .Shot in high definition, Dave and Dave McCarlie, from Te Anau, spent a lot of time driving around, sourcing locations, before hiring helicopter pilot Richard Hayes to take them to the skies for the dramatic aerial shots.
The DVD is a bit like watching the icon Kiwi TV show Country Calendar, but on a grander scale. Although there is no narration, it is the melding of people with the landscape that works the magic.
``We wanted to show aspects of Kiwi life, Southlanders at play, at work, as well as the natural beauty of Southland.'' Although he had the idea simmering in the back of his mind for some time, Dave was encouraged to make the DVD. `A lot of people were ringing us up saying, `have you got anything on Southland'?''
Dave said they made it for Southlanders - and to show people where we live.``So Southlanders can show their friends or send it to their friends - this is where we live.''
Southlanders will bound to recognise some of the people featured, or at least relate to them. For ex-pats it is bound to bring a lump to the throat, and maybe make some a little home-sick.It shows the people of the land, whether at work or leisure, from woolhanders throwing their fleece to deer recovery operatorsa at work. The trout fisherman is observed flicking his line, teasing the fish, then the Gore country music enthusiasts are seen.
Dairying, forestry, harvesting and oystering are some of the industries featured.Because we are surrounded by water and have an abundance of rivers, lakes and streams, it is no surprise that rowing, water sports, crayfishing, whitebaiting and the coastguards also feature.
Then there are the dramatic moments when the aerial top dresser zooms past, or the bi-plane loops, and when the wind-turbines at White Hill whoosh, it is visually engulfing. The colours of the tulip farms out Tapanui way makes the landscape look as if it were painted by broad paint strokes.
One of the more spectacular views is of sheep being herded through a gate. What makes it dramatic is the bird's-eye view - looking down. The pastures are lush, green and expansive, but the farmer needs to get the sheep from one paddock to another through a small gate. The effect is like imaging grains of rice being funnelled, exploding on the other side of the gate into the other paddocks.
``It was just pure luck that we got that shot,'' Dave said. ``We just happened to be flying over when the farmer was moving his sheep.''
Such is the quality of this DVD that a portion has been selected to be shown at the Rugby World Cup events.