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  1. This is the trailer from the film.

  2. A 10 minute excerpt from this film.

  3. Interview with writer and director Vincent Ward.

  4. Interviews with Harmony Wihapi, Melody Wihapi, Miriama Rangi and Rena Owen - the actresses who play Puhi in the film.

  5. Interview with writer and director Vincent Ward.

  6. Interviews with Kero Nancy Tait (Tribal co-producer) and Matu Te Pou and Danny Hillman Rua (Tribal advisors on the film).

  7. Making-Of B Roll footage from the film.


This lauded documentary revisits the subject of a film Vincent Ward made in 1978, aged 21. That film, In Spring One Plants Alone, told the story of 80-year-old Puhi, who lived with her schizophrenic son in the isolated Urewera. The follow-up — part detective doco, part historical re-enactment — focuses on Puhi's life. She married the son of Māori prophet Rua Kenana, had 14 children, and after a run of tragedies, believed herself to be cursed. The excerpt goes “way out there in the bush” to the Maungapohatu community where Rua, “made the city of God on Earth”.

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 Vincent Ward
 Tainui Stephens
 Kēro Nancy Tait

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Comments (7)

 Pride Hauraki

Pride Hauraki

Aue, this was the best of the best of an Aotearoa documentary film EVER made, nga mihi ki a Vincent Ward, nga mihi hoki nunui ahau ki te wahine ataahua, wahine tino kaha a Puhi.
This movie had so many emotions for me that all ended in one emotion that i saw in sooooo many ways. I watched this movie three times in one night, and every chance i get to watch I'll watch all over again!! A ten out of ten star rated, must watch movie.


 Paul Ward

Paul Ward | website

@Bev: click on the 'buy' tab (below right of the player above) and you can buy the film at Screenline or Vendetta films via the links.

 cynthia gatipulu

cynthia gatipulu

Best Documentary I had seen in a long time .. Awesome work Vincent Ward, an emotional story of Puhi brought tears to my eyes & tears of happiness that her Mana had been restored! R.I.P Puhi

 Bev Teinaki

Bev Teinaki

How can I obtain a copy of this movie.

 Patrick Kuka

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