Earthpushers 2017

As extension of his project Earthpushers, this commissioned video work by Te Tuhi shares how the public helped the artist transport 500 bags of earth from the Auckland ferry terminal to Waiheke Island. Working with cinematographer Ian Powell, the video specifically traces Leatinu’u’s extensive research into the past and current histories of earth movement, the process of making the work as well as the overwhelming collective effort to transfer about a tonne of earth across the Waitematā Harbour – including the participation of Ngāti Pāoa representatives as well as many tourists and ferry commuters.


Cinematography: Ian Powell / Soundtrack: Ivan Mrsic / Photo credit: Sam Harnett