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Merata Mita

Director, Writer, Producer [Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Te Rangi]

A passionate advocate for Māori creative control, director Merata Mita (1942 — 2010) chronicled landmark moments of protest and division in Aotearoa. Her work included Patu!, a documentary on the 1981 Springbok tour, and Mauri (1988), only the second feature to have a Māori woman as director. She features in documentaries Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen and Merata Mita - Making Waves.

Swimming against the tide becomes an exhilarating experience. It makes you strong. I am completely without fear now. Merata Meta in an interview with Listener writer Helen Martin, 14 October 1989

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Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

2018, Subject - Film

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Hautoa Mā! The Rise of Māori Cinema

2016, Subject - Television

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Utu Redux

2013, As: Matu, Cultural Adviser - Film

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 1 - From One Channel to One Hundred

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 2 - The Whole World's Watching

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 7 - Taonga TV

2010, Subject - Television

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Boy

2010, Co-Producer - Film

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Kete Aronui - Merata Mita

2007, Subject - Television

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Frontseat - Series Two, Episode 10

2006, Subject - Television

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Spooked

2004, Producer, Second Unit Director, As: Fred's wife - Film

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Hotere

2001, Producer, Writer, Director - Film

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Rangatira: Merata Mita - Making Waves

1998, Project Advisor, Subject - Television

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Witi Ihimaera

1997, Interviewer, Consultant Producer - Television

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Solidarity

1992, Executive Producer - Television

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Mauri

1988, Writer, Producer, Director - Film

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Koha - Nga Pikitia Māori

1987, Subject - Television

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Kaleidoscope - NZ Cinema, the Past Decade

1987, Subject - Television

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Koha - Mauri

1987, Subject - Television

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Patu!

1983, Director, Producer - Film

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Utu

1983, As: Matu, Cultural Advisor - Film

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New Streets - Auckland Fa'a-Samoa

1982, Research - Television

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Loose Enz - The Protesters

1982, As: Ru - Television

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Making Utu

1982, Subject - Television

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New Streets - South Auckland, Two Cities

1982, Research - Television

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One of those Blighters

1982, As: Sue - Television

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Keskidee Aroha

1980, Co-Director , Producer - Film

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Koha

1980 - 1981, Reporter, Research, Presenter - Television