Song of the Kauri Image Gallery

These photos are part of the Song of the Kauri Press Kit

Below you can browse and download over 40 images from the film, including profile photos of the filmmakers. We use Dropbox to store our high resolution images. When using an image from Dropbox, please match the image with the appropriate caption available from our image gallery.

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Isaac and Shiloh Williams (sons of Luthier, Laurie Williams), cutting Totara in the river behind the house in the bush just south of Mangonui. Download image
Tiki Taane in his studio with Laurie Williams guitar.jpg
Tiki in his studio with a Laurie Williams Tui with Waingarara Kauri top. Ngati Maniapoto, musician. Tiki Taane is a New Zealand musician and former member of leading New Zealand band Salmonella Dub. Taane left Salmonella Dub on 1 January 2007 to pursue a solo career. His debut album, "Past, Present, Future", was released on 22 October 2007 in New Zealand and has gone two times platinum, achieving a number one single, "Always On My Mind", which is the most successful single of all time in New Zealand. Taane is also the live sound engineer for New Zealand drum and bass act Shapeshifter. Download image
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Ngati Maniapoto, musician. Tiki Taane is a New Zealand musician and former member of leading New Zealand band Salmonella Dub. Taane left Salmonella Dub on 1 January 2007 to pursue a solo career. His debut album, "Past, Present, Future", was released on 22 October 2007 in New Zealand and has gone two times platinum, achieving a number one single, "Always On My Mind", which is the most successful single of all time in New Zealand. Taane is also the live sound engineer for New Zealand drum and bass act Shapeshifter. Download image
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Ngati Maniapoto, musician. Tiki Taane is a New Zealand musician and former member of leading New Zealand band Salmonella Dub. Taane left Salmonella Dub on 1 January 2007 to pursue a solo career. His debut album, "Past, Present, Future", was released on 22 October 2007 in New Zealand and has gone two times platinum, achieving a number one single, "Always On My Mind", which is the most successful single of all time in New Zealand. Taane is also the live sound engineer for New Zealand drum and bass act Shapeshifter. Download image
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Director of Photography, Cinematographer. Swami Hansa was operating a camera in 1962, the day TV began broadcasting in Dunedin. Hansa has been shooting ever since, his work ranging across natural history, human interest and the arts. His CV includes many episodes of the longrunning Heartland, plus such noted docos as Birth, Kiwi A Natural History, Song of the Kauri and Horizon doco The Man Who Moved Mountains, made for the BBC. Download image
Steve Lane.jpg
4th generation forester, Lane and Sons, Northland. Totara North Mill. Download image
Steve Lane and scarfed Kauri.jpg
4th generation forester, Lane and Sons, Northland. Totara North Mill. Steve in the forest at Waingarara, Far North, New Zealand with Kauri tree. Download image
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4th generation forester, Steve Lane, Lane and Sons, Northland. Totara North Mill. Download image
Steve and Luke Lane.jpg
4th and 5th generation foresters, Steve and Luke Lane, Lane and Sons, Northland. Totara North Mill (father and son). Download image
Song of the Kauri cast and crew.jpg
From left: Mathurin Molgat, Laurie Williams, Shiloh Williams, Jesse Williams, Isaac Williams, Jack Williams, Luke Lane, Steve Lane, Swami Hansa. Seated John Patrick, Wendy Williams. Download image
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Guitarist, multi instrumentalist. Solo, Robert Fripp, Nairobi Trio, Bravura, Neon Quaver, Beach, Gittbox Rebellion... Nigel plays a custom 7 string Laurie Williams guitar. Download image
Miranda Adams and Rob Ashworth.jpg
Miranda Adams Assistant Concert Master (violin), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Rob Ashworth, principal viola, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. First glimpse of Laurie Williams Kauri violin. Download image
Milling Ancient Kauri.jpg
Ancient Kauri is the world’s oldest workable timber. Radio carbon dating has found it can be over 50,000 years old. It is recovered from dried or drained peat swamps and is of an exquisite beauty with swirling grain patterns and rich hues. Laurie Williams White Bait is the finest Ancient Kauri and is very rare. It is used in the finest instruments for backs and sides. It is also known as Swamp Kauri. Download image
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On location in Napa Valley, California, filming Guitarist and Professor Michael Chapdelaine. Michael is the only person to win both the American Fingerstyle Championships and the Classical Performance Award. He was a student of the great Spanish guitar maestro, Andres Segovia. Download image
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On location in Napa Valley, California, filming Guitarist and Professor Michael Chapdelaine. Michael is the only person to win both the American Fingerstyle Championships and the Classical Performance Award. He was a student of the great Spanish guitar maestro, Andres Segovia. Download image
Mathurin Molgat, Swami Hansa, John Patrick.jpg
Director and Producer of Song of the Kauri, Director of Photography and Sound Recordist. Download image
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Director and Producer of Song of the Kauri. View Mathurin's vision for the film here http://vimeo.com/36262192 Download image
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Director and Producer of Song of the Kauri. View Mathurin's vision for the film here http://vimeo.com/36262192 Download image
Mathurin Molgat 1.jpg
Director and Producer of Song of the Kauri. View Mathurin's vision for the film here http://vimeo.com/36262192 Download image
Laurie Williams violin.jpg
A Laurie Williams (www.guitars.co.nz) Kauri violin. This violin features a Waingarara Kauri sound board and a Rimu back and sides. It also features Paua inlays, very rare on classical violins. As played by Miranda Adams, Assistant Concert Master of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Download image
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A Laurie Williams (www.guitars.co.nz) violin at the early stage of construction. As played by Miranda Adams, Assistant Concert Master of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. This instrument features a Waingarara Kauri top and Rimu back and sides, very non traditional for a classical instrument. Download image
Laurie Williams Tui guitar.jpg
This is Lauries’ (www.guitars.co.nz) flagship guitar style. It is crafted using reclaimed native timber. Laurie has garnered a reputation worldwide for the rich tone and exquisite detail in his instruments. A Kauri soundboard gives a rich and complex tone with long sustain and perfect balance. Download image
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Laurie Williams (www.guitars.co.nz) playing a Tui model after completion. On location in his studio in the Far North of New Zealand. Download image
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A Laurie Williams (www.guitars.co.nz) violin in the finishing stages as Kauri gum laquer is being applied. Kauri gum was used as a finish on violins in Europe throughout the golden years of classical violin making in Italy and Germany.  This violin is played by Miranda Adams, Assistant Concert Master of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. This instrument features a Waingarara Kauri top and Rimu back and sides, very non traditional for a classical instrument. Download image
Laurie Williams and Kauri.jpg
Laurie Williams (www.guitars.co.nz) hugs Kauri tree in the Puketi Forest. This tree would have been a juvenile in the glory days of Kauri. Kauri is the second oldest tree on earth and can live for over 25000 years. The largest Kauri measured would have given more timber in stem volume than a hectare of Pinus Radiata today. Agathis Australis is native to New Zealand. Download image
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Kaitiaki and farmer of Waingarara property near Kaeo, Northland. Huge native forest of Kauri, Puriri, Totara, Tanekaha, Rimu. Download image
Kauri and crew.jpg
Song of the Kauri filming on location in Waingarara, Northland. Steve Lane showing girth of 80 year old Kauri tree. Download image
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The form in which sides are bent for a Laurie Williams Tui model guitar. On location in Lauries’ workshop. Far North New Zealand. Download image
Laurie Williams and Karamea Davis.jpg
Laurie Williams (www.guitars.co.nz), a luthier from Northland shows Karamea Davis a guitar crafted from Kauri and speaks about the unique and beautiful tone the Kauri lends to an instrument. Karamea Davis is a Kaitiaki and farmer from Waingarara property near Kaeo, Northland. Huge native forest of Kauri, Puriri, Totara, Tanekaha, Rimu. Download image
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Author, wine writer, radio personality. Author of book “Kauri”. Download image
Kauri tree tops and canopy.jpg
A view from the forest floor of native forest and the canopy of foliage with a Kauri tree. Download image
Kauri in chains.jpg
Chains being laced around an 80 year old Kauri in the Waingarara forest in the Far North of New Zealand. Laurie Williams and Steve Lane. Download image
Karamea Davis near house.jpg
Kaitiaki and farmer of Waingarara property near Kaeo, Northland. Huge native forest of Kauri, Puriri, Totara, Tanekaha, Rimu. Download image
Karamea Davis and Mathurin Molgat.jpg
Karamea Davis and Mathurin Molgat at Waingarara speaking about the caretaking of land for future generations. Download image
Karamea Davis and Laurie Williams.jpg
Laurie Williams, a luthier from Northland shows Karamea Davis a violin crafted from Kauri and Rimu that grew on Karamea’s Waingarara property near Kaeo. Karamea Davis is a Kaitiaki and farmer from Waingarara property near Kaeo, Northland. Huge native forest of Kauri, Puriri, Totara, Tanekaha, Rimu. Download image
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Kaitiaki and farmer of Waingarara property near Kaeo, Northland. Karamea Davis own a huge native forest containing Kauri, Puriri, Totara, Tanekaha and Rimu. Download image
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Kaitiaki and farmer of Waingarara property near Kaeo, Northland. Karamea Davis own a huge native forest containing Kauri, Puriri, Totara, Tanekaha and Rimu. Download image
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Miranda Adams (Auckland Philharmonia Assistant Concert Master) and her Quartet in performance at Sir Michael Hills’ in Queenstown playing Kauri violins (2) made by Laurie Williams. Download image
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Jackson Browne is an American musician and political activist. Inducted to the Rock and Roll hall of fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and recipient of the Steinbeck Award. Browne has sold millions of albums and is the co-writer of many Eagles’ hit songs. Download image
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Jackson Browne is an American musician and political activist. Inducted to the Rock and Roll hall of fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and recipient of the Steinbeck Award. Browne has sold millions of albums and is the co-writer of many Eagles’ hit songs. Download image
George Kerr 2.jpg
New Zealand businessman, investor, PGC, Heartland, Torchlight. Download image
George Kerr 1.jpg
New Zealand businessman, investor, PGC, Heartland, Torchlight. Download image
Dave Stewart.jpg
Caption: Dave Stewart, the world’s foremost specialist in the recovery of Ancient Kauri. Based in the Far North of New Zealand, Dave is a walking encyclopaedia of this amazing timber. Download image
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Caption: Editor Annie Collins worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and won awards for her editing work on Scarfies and Out of the Blue. She is also known for an extensive resume of documentaries, having edited such landmark productions as Patu! and The Neglected Miracle Download image