Movie Day fundraiser at The Monkey House Whitianga

27 Jul 2021

A double screening of the New Zealand film Soldiers Without Guns will be held at The Monkey House Theatre, Coghill St, Whitianga, on Friday, 6 August.

The movie day, featuring the story of how unarmed kiwi heroes helped end the Bougainville Civil War in Papua New Guinea in 1998, has been organised as a fundraiser for two international organisations working to end human trafficking – LIFT International and Operation Underground Railroad.

Narrated by Lucy Lawless, the acclaimed feature-length documentary by Will Wilson tells the David and Goliath story of how a local people rising up against Rio Tinto Australia, the largest mining corporation in the world, sparked 10 years of war. After 14 failed peace agreements, in 1997 the New Zealand army stepped into the conflict with a radical new plan. Instead of taking guns into the warzone, unarmed soldiers would simply take guitars and culture. The idea was condemned by the national and international media. No-one thought it could work. 

The 95-minute film follows the riveting journey of the peacekeepers as they endeavour to use music, Maori culture and aroha to end the worst civil war in the Pacific’s history. It features music by a range of New Zealand artists including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Tiki Taane, Anika Moa, Black Seeds and Kora.

Tickets are $20 on the door or $15 if purchased in advance at The Earth Store, Whitianga. A raffle will also be held. The screenings are at 6:00pm and 8.15pm. For more information contact organiser Elly Young at or 022 637 4578.