We're sorry but due to licensing restrictions this clip cannot be viewed outside New Zealand. But, most of NZ On Screen's content can be viewed from anywhere: browse and enjoy!

We're sorry, but something went wrong

Please try reloading the page

We're sorry, but your browser is unable to play this video content.

Please upgrade your browser, or install the flash plugin.

We're sorry, but this video is currently unavailable on mobile.

We're sorry but due to licensing restrictions this clip cannot be viewed outside New Zealand. But, most of NZ On Screen's content can be viewed from anywhere: browse and enjoy!

The Green Chain Television – 2011 Documentary Māori

The Green Chain

Television – 2011 Documentary Māori

E Exempt
5858.wide.01.key.jpg
Title mask left comp 48d1473d43844323a068145e0fd4c977d386f1ca12e49f86d36d133d3ca791bb
Title mask right comp 746e1288dfd4997a502a48d8ec7f9b080151f0ead1687b39e9804636417216c4
Start video player

This homegrown Erin Brockovich story follows former Whakatane sawmill worker Joe Harawira and his long battle to reveal the impact that workplace toxins have had on his community. In the 80s after being afflicted by health issues, Harawira noticed co-workers getting sick. In 1988 he helped found SWAP (Sawmill Workers Against Poisons) and began investigating the effects of exposure to dioxins, a by-product of timber treatment. The Joe vs the mills crusade screened on Māori Television and won Best Popular Documentary at the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards.

OSH wasn’t around in those days ... The safety precautions were pretty rugged really ... now that we know what we know now.
– Harawira