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MAHANA | NEW ZEALAND'S LOST HIPPY COMMUNITY

Date: 2019-03-12



Mahana is a hidden community at the very top of New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula, founded 40 years ago and only accessible via off-road tracks, it's home is to a few of those who have chosen to stay behind, hoping for the valley to return to its past glory.

Vice follows a resident by the name of Arthur, who has lived in Mahana since the late 70s. Arthur recalls all of the good times he has had in the valley and shows everyone his hidden piece of paradise in which he lives alone. However, is not at all lonely.

Mahana was established out of a vision to set the land free, it had all started because of a festival in the 70s called the Nambassa Festival, people put forward that all the problems in the world are caused by the ownership of land, the Mahana people who took part in that festival got induced by the idea and decided to form a company to buy a block of land and essentially 'set it free' in order for it not to be owned by anyone and anyone could live there.

Ironically, a resident in the Mahana community today has been dictating who should and shouldn't live in the valley by burning houses down and basically chasing people away because of his belief that Mahana residents should be screened first in order to get approved to live amongst the rest of the community.

Take a look at the short documentary below of New Zealand's Lost Hippy Community.



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