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  1. Part one of four from this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of four from this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of four from this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of four from this full length documentary.

  5. The credits from this documentary.


In this documentary 'Naked Samoan' Oscar Kightley, and Māori radio/TV personality Nathan Rarere use DNA technology to trace their families' ancestry. They discover that their forebears originated in Taiwan before migrating to the Pacific via Vanuatu (and the Cook Islands, for those going on to Aotearoa). On the DNA trail they meet locals and find striking cultural similarities — even in Taiwan, where the indigenous people look Polynesian, and provide a haka-like welcome. The film won top honours at the International Oceania Documentary Film Festival in Tahiti.

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 gary paul

gary paul

Wow tumeke boys. Was an amazing doco, learnt a lot, like you Nathan i was born mahesian, my mother was Rongomaiwahine, my father was Ngapuhi.

 Ed Ga

Ed Ga

This is amazing! Like the Maoris, we Filipinos, also trace our ancestry from the indigenous tribes of Taiwan. The similarities of the physical looks and the languages are striking. In Tagalog (Pilipino) we say "tainga" for "ear" ("talinga" in Amis), "tae" for "poop" ("taki" in Amis), "taga-" for "from.../origin" ("taki" in Amis)... The old people (mostly in the countryside) also chew beetlenut. Cool. Thanks for sharing.

 Soto Shen

Soto Shen

Now I know why I am mistaken as Maori & why on holidays in Hawaii all the locals thought I was local Hawaii boy. I liked it but didn't think anything of it.
My mum's maiden name is Aitken. She is a pakeha with fair skin & reddish hair, Scottish ancestry & not good in the sun.
My dad's family name is Shen. All his ancestors are mainland China (mandarin). He was born in Beijing, went to HK & finally boarding school in Christchurch after WWII.
Good Doco, well done all involved.

 Oliver Chang

Oliver Chang

dg - Taiwanese natives come from the Indonesian region and the islands around it, according to Lin Ma Lee (think that's how you spell it) 80+% of Taiwanese have Indonesian region blood =)




I know this is a bit late, but it looks like this is the full version. It's just been divided into 4 parts... the links to the other parts are located to the right of the video.

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Taiwan was incredible. All the connections came together - language, culture, people. It was strange to realise that after this whole journey we didn't even need the DNA. We looked the same. We felt at home. In every cell in our body we carried the same DNA. 
When I was little and I used to read books about genies giving three wishes, I think the first wish was always like heaps of money. The second wish was nothing bad to happen to my family and the third wish always just to see where Polynesians came from. 
The weird thing about journeying back through my past is it's not only my history I'm tracing. It's that of all my Māori relies who share my DNA. 


2007 FIFO  - Pacific International Documentary Film Festival (Tahiti)
Jury Prix - Top Prize
People's Choice Award

2006 Qantas Television Awards
Nominated for Best Director - Non-Drama: Dan Salmon