Rose worked within resthomes for nine years, and experienced the private and intimate moments shared between residents. Within that time she met many pacifica and filipino caregivers who were paid minimum wage to look after New Zealand’s older population. While it may not be part of their culture to outsource the care of elders, within NZ it is very much standard practise for some european families.
Rose is currently creating a work to celebrate the amazing individuals who care for a generation who collectively hold a vault of New Zealand history, by telling the workers stories.
Writer/Director: Rose Kirkup
Assistant Director/Dramaturge: Chris Ulutupu
Producer: Nic Lane
Camera: Kevin Cartwright
Lighting: Owen Losefa McCarthy
Sound: Jason Wright