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

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

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

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

  5. Part five of five from this full length documentary.

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This edition of the Rangatira (‘chief’) series on Māori leaders, looks at academic and politician Dr Pita Sharples, a key figure of the Māori cultural renaissance. The future Māori Party co-leader visits his Takapau home, acknowledges his pivotal time at Te Aute College, talks candidly about the pressures his tireless schedule places on his whānau, demonstrates his cherished taiaha, and goes ten pin bowling. In extensive interviews he enthuses about realising the dream of kaupapa Māori (education, language, prison) cultures, and on the importance of kapa haka.

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 Chas Toogood
 Colin McRae
 Liebchen Tamahori

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 Hinemihi Jo

Hinemihi Jo

Kahore i kore e Paapaa, te mahi pai. Toru meke!



Tautoko marika. Ka mau te wehi!!



he rangatira koe e Pita Sharples te rawe hoki o to maoritanga


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If you don’t dream, you’re not alive. 
It stands for discipline and hard work, and it encompasses our deepest customs; it is our identity. It’s the glamour weapon, if you like, of Māori weapons. What is important is that the customs associated with the weapon, which were the way of life for my people, are preserved and available, to empower New Zealanders. 
The greatest thing that could ever happen to me in my life was to come here. 
By creating success in our own initiatives we’re going to lift ourselves up