The New Zealand Herald today launches its first foray into long-form documentary making with Under The Bridge, an immersion into a world most Kiwis have not experienced. The 30-minute film tells the story of a year in the life of Papakura High School, one of the country's most disadvantaged. Through the eyes of three students and their principal, Under The Bridge tackles key social issues such as child poverty, housing and education. The project began in February last year when a group of award-winning Herald journalists embarked on a feature story. We wanted to look at the state of education through the eyes of Year 13 students preparing for final exams. We found a school with a falling roll, low staff morale, under-maintained buildings and results among the worst in New Zealand. But there was hope. Students dedicated to building a future for themselves and inspiring others; a charismatic new principal with big plans for turning things around; a core of teachers committed to helping their kids find a future in a world where dreams are usually something other people have. We found a heart-warming, raw and uplifting story of pride and prejudice; a group of passionate people determined to turn around the school and its reputation.