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Riki Ellison - The Defender Television – 2009 Sport Documentary Māori

Riki Ellison - The Defender

Television – 2009 Sport Documentary Māori

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An All-American boy from NZ, Christchurch born Riki Ellison (Ngāi Tahu) is the subject of this Māori Television documentary. After moving to the United States at age eight, he made a stellar career out of “kinetic energy intercept”. A fearless player with an intimidating “Māori look”, he was a champion college football defensive linebacker and three-time Superbowl winner with the San Francisco 49ers. Then, inspired by Ronald Reagan, he became a leading advocate for missile defence systems; while, along the way, reconnecting with his whānau and heritage.

Key Cast & Crew

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Glenn Elliott

Director, Producer

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Julia Parnell

Producer

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Dane Giraud

Writer, Director

This world needs dream makers not dreamers to make our world, our society, our community, our village better than it is today.
- Riki Ellison