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Auckland reggae band Herbs could have released their new album in the comfortable confines of an Auckland nightclub. Instead, they chose to travel to Ruatoria — a troubled and divided East Coast town where turmoil surrounding a Rastafarian sect had resulted in assaults, kidnappings and firebombed churches. Lee Tamahori and John Day's documentary captures an emotional experience for band and locals as they meet at Mangahanea marae in an attempt to shift the focus from disunity to harmony. This footage also yielded the memorable Sensitive to a Smile music video.

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 John Day
 Lee Tamahori
 Trisha Downie

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 Debbie Wilkins

Debbie Wilkins

An awesome short movie. Very humbling, inspirational,most enjoyable. I have shared the link on my face book I Will introduce it to my class within the next few weeks as a lead up to Maori Language week Te Reo O Te Wiki. Thankyou Herbs and the people of Ruatoria.

Mauri ora



Loved it. So awesome.



awesome! Time for a regroup surely........

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I experienced aroha, I experienced people living together. There was a timelessness about being down there. It could have been 1863.