Links of the Kauri

Here's a few of the important people, institutions and organisations that have played a role in the film.


Scion is a Crown Research Institute ( dedicated to improving the international competitiveness of the New Zealand forest industry and building a stronger biobased economy.

Greg Steward from Scion is an integral part of Song of the Kauri and was very gracious in allowing us to invade his offices with our crew and our gear to extract his vast kauri knowledge.

The Scion article regarding the film can be read here, Kauri makes economic return – by Greg Steward

Laurie Williams Guitars

Laurie ( creates stunning guitars, violins, mandolins and ukuleles made from recycled, reclaimed and discovered native timbers.

Tanes Tree Trust

Tanes Tree Trust ( is an organisation whose vision is:

“To see the majority of New Zealand landowners successfully planting and sustainably managing indigenous trees for multiple uses by 2020.”

Ian Barton is the chairman and was scheduled for fame in a cameo appearance in Song of the Kauri but sadly he was not well at filming time. Ian was at the premiere in Auckland and is a luminary in the NZ forest industry.

Kauri 2000

Kauri 2000 ( is a long term project to recreate significant stands of kauri on public owned land on the Coromandel Peninsula

Kauri dieback

Kauri dieback ( refers to the deadly kauri disease caused by Phytophthora taxon Agathis (or PTA). Read more about Kauri dideback in a blog post written by director Mathurin Molgat.

Forest and Bird

Formed in 1923, Forest & Bird ( has about 70,000 supporters in 50 branches that work on a variety of conservation activities, from re-forestation to lobbying, bird monitoring to weed-busting.


Nigel Gavin

MIchael Chapdelaine

Miranda Adams

Tiki Taane

Mark Mazengarb

Steve Wildey

Eden Roberts

Jessie Coutts


Chrometoaster ( is the creative outlet for Dave Turnbull, the co-producer of Song of the Kauri and a tour de force in NZ design and web. Digitising the NZ Film Archive or designing Song of the Kauri activist propaganda, look no further than Chrometoaster.

The Kauri Museum

The Kauri museum ( in Matakohe is a incredible treasure of kauri lore. It is the first carboNZero rated museum in the world and visited by over 90,000 people a year.

NZ Native Forests Restoration Trust

Founded in 1980, the NZ Native Forests Restoration Trust ( is New Zealand’s leading organisation involved in forest restoration.

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Mathurin has been involved in the New Zealand film industry since 1985. Song of the Kauri is his documentary directorial debut and he has surrounded himself with a stellar cast of uniquely talented people who are all impassioned by this project and share a common vision to tell this story. More about Mathurin

  • Simon Morris  Radio New Zealand, At the Movies  
    "It's not the story that makes a film, it's how it's told, and of the three documentaries I saw this week it was Song of the Kauri that kept my interest all the way through - a beautifully realised piece of work." Read more...
  • Michael Chapdelaine  Professor of Music, University of New Mexico  
    "Thank you 1000000000000 for involving me in your amazing work..... the guitar.......oh my god......I simply loved it. There is no better guitar on earth in my experience. I am really quite haunted by it. I miss it, though I played it less than 3 hours. Never felt anything quite like this about a guitar...... Haunted.......... Un abrazo." Read more...
  • David Grimmond (Dominion Post, Business Day - Opinion)  
    "Good documentaries raise awareness about important issues for a society. There is no sensationalism in Song of the Kauri, but in its quiet way, it draws attention to a very important issue for New Zealanders. Song of the Kauri is about the restoration of a unique natural habitat that will promote eco-diversity." Read more...