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14 AUGUST 2013

In Spring One Plants Alone: intimate portrait of a mother and her son

"This is the story of Puhi, an aged Maori woman and Niki, her fully grown but wholly dependent son. The world they occupy is not a world of large events but the rituals of everyday life, traditions and interdependence. 'In Spring One Plants Alone' documents the minutiae of their very enclosed existence. Filmed over a period of one and a half years, it emerges as a rare, haunting and powerful portrayal of their life together. This is the story of their rituals and of their survival. The small and disconnected instances that we encounter form a lone vision of the rifts and the bond between an old woman and her disturbed son."



16mm1980 • Alun Bollinger • Aotearoa New Zealand • Chris Lancaster • cultural traditionscultural valuesdirect cinemadisableddocumentary filmdocumentary truth • enclosed existence • everyday lifefeature-length documentaryFirst Nations • In Spring One Plants Alone (1980) • Indigenousinterdependenceintimate lives • intimate perspectives • intimate portrait • isolated communities • isolationiwiJack BodyLeon NarbeyMaoriMaori eldersMaori people • Maori woman • minutiae • New Zealand cinema • Niki • personal rituals • personal storyportrait of everyday life • Puhi • Queen Elizabeth II Arts Councilremote communitiessocial realismsocial reality • Stephen Upston • student filmstraditionsVincent Ward


Simon Perkins
24 MARCH 2009

Newcastle has a talking sign system to help blind and partially sighted people find their way around the city centre

"Newcastle City Council is currently working in partnership with various organisations across the city to develop a scheme called RNIB React. RNIB React is a talking sign system that helps people who are blind and partially sighted find their way around town centres, safely and independently.

Speaker units have been set up on a chosen route around Newcastle City Centre. Users carry a small fob device, which triggers the unit to announce a message when within range.

17 units have been installed in the city centre. They are located on Northumberland Street, Blackett Street, Percy Street and St Thomas Street. There are further units located within metro stations and leading to the RVI Hospital."


accessibilityaudible informationblinddisabilitydisabledNewcastle • Newcastle City Council • partially sighted • RNIB ReactUKwayfinding


Simon Perkins

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