This National Film Unit-made documentary records the 18-month-long building process of a waka taua (war canoe): from the felling of the trees — opening with an awe-inspiring shot of the giant totara selected by master carver Piri Poutapu — to the ceremonial launch. The waka was commissioned by Māori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, and built at Turangawaewae Marae. The Harry Dansey-narrated film was significant in showing the currency of the canoe-building kaupapa alongside the everyday lives (at the freezing works, the pub) of the builders.
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Television, 1974 (Full Length)
Another landmark film featuring Poupatu and the Māori Queen
Television, 1990 (Full Length)
Waka building, for the 150th Treaty signing anniversary
Short Film, 2007 (Full Length)
An award-winning short with pre-Pākehā waka taua
Television, 2006 (Excerpts)
Funeral for Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu
Television, 1984 (Full Length)
More giant totara
Television, 1993 (Full Length)
Short Film, 1950 (Full Length and Full Length Episode)
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