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Tititea / Mount Aspiring

Te Ara

Te Ara (the path)

Documentary   |  4 x 10 mins  |  2023  |  HD  

Holly Beckham is on a mission, to be the first Māori wahine to scale Everest. Lydia Bradey ONZM, the first woman to summit without oxygen, will be her mentor – and after many years being a mountain guide, this will be her swansong. This is a story of wāhine toa. Holly and Lydia have both overcome adversity and personal struggles to get to this point. 


A Greenstone and Bloom Production

Starring: Lydia Bradey and Holly Beckham

Languages: English, Māori     

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At 34 years old, Holly has survived the depths of addiction and is climbing the maunga to recovery. Back in 1988, Te Waipounamu’s Lydia Bradey was the first woman to climb Everest without supplemental oxygen. But instead of accolades, she became the subject of public bullying and misinformation, as people challenged her claims.   

The call of the Karanga

Lydia and Holly formed an undeniable bond, while filming together recently on The Explorer Club, a kid’s series where rangatahi follow in the footsteps of Aotearoa’s greatest explorers. They can both hear the call of the karanga and in 2024 are determined to ‘knock the bastard off’ together – both physically and metaphorically.

The documentary

This documentary will capture the milestones, grit and mahi all the way to. And at its heart is the heroic resilience of a young Māori wahine, who’s determined to reconnect with her wairua, by climbing and conquering the world’s highest mountain! It is a true opportunity to break the ice ceiling with Holly and Lydia together.

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“Life can be really hard but you can break through and
climb the proverbial mountain.”

Lydia Bradey, ONZM