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24 November 2014

The documentary Family Farming in New Zealand – our stories has its world premiere in Wellington on Tuesday November 25.

Directed by Hugh Macdonald,* the film first traces the origins of family farming in New Zealand, then uses historic footage to provide vignettes of family farming as it was from the 1940s through to the end of the twentieth century. Finally it comes right up-to-date, showing family farmers of the 2010s.

Brendan Hoare, chair of the 2014 UN International Year of Family Farming NZ co-ordinating committee which commissioned the film, says his committee is thrilled to have been able to make this original and significant contribution to documenting the history and importance of family farming in New Zealand.

“Family farming is currently facing threats and challenges right around the world,” said Mr Hoare. “That's why the United Nations agreed it was worth dedicating a whole year to raising its profile, and encouraging governments and civil society organisations to support the valuable contribution family farming has made and can make to economic, social and environmental well-being.”

“In New Zealand, we thought that a film which celebrates the diversity of family farming in Aotearoa, past and present, would be a good way to mark the year and highlight the importance of family farming. The 2014 IYFF committee is delighted that a film maker of Hugh Macdonald's calibre and experience was able to make it for us.”