Vincent Ward’s In Spring One Plants Alone Documentary (duration – 43 Minutes) was made in 1978, when he was aged 21. The film tells the story of 80-year-old Puhi, who lived with her schizophrenic son in the isolated Urewera.
The follow-up to this is his highly regarded Rain Of The Children – part detective doco, part historical re-enactment — focuses on Puhi’s life. She married the son of Māori prophet Rua Kenana, had 14 children, and after a run of tragedies, believed herself to be cursed. The excerpt goes “way out there in the bush” to the Maungapohatu community where Rua, “made the city of God on Earth”.