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Tainui Stephens

Producer, Director, Presenter [Te Rarawa]

Tainui Stephens is a Kiwi screen taonga. Since joining Koha as a reporter in 1984, he has brought many Māori stories to television, and worked on everything from Marae to Māori Television's version of It's in the Bag. Among the notable documentaries he has directed are Māori Battalion doco March to Victory and award-winning show The New Zealand Wars. He was a producer on Vincent Ward film Rain of the Children.

...for Māori New Zealanders to use their language to express their thoughts and pedigree is not a matter of idealism, it's a way of making our lives better; it's a way of enshrining a better future for our kids. Tainui Stephens on the importance of Māori broadcasting, Onfilm, November 2003

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Interview

Tainui Stephens: Foremost Māori broadcaster...

Interview, 2009

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NZ On Air 30th Birthday - Billy T James

2019, Subject - Web

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NZ On Air 30th Birthday - The New Zealand Wars

2019, Director - The NZ Wars - Web

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My Party Song

2018, Director, Writer, Producer - Television

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My Party Song - First Episode

2017, Producer, Co-Director, Writer - Television

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The Dead Lands

2014, Co-Producer - Film

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It's in the Bag - Masterton (Series Five, Episode 12)

2013, Outside Broadcast Director, Narrator - Television

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It's in the Bag - Ohakune (Series Five, Episode Three)

2013, Outside Broadcast Director - Television

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It's in the Bag - Opunake (Series Four, Episode Six)

2012, Outside Broadcast Director, Narrator - Television

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It's in the Bag - Waimamaku (Series Four, Episode Four)

2012, Outside Broadcast Director, Narrator - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 7 - Taonga TV

2010, Director, Narrator - Television

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It's in the Bag (Māori Television)

2011 - 2013, Director, Executive Producer - Television

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Barry Barclay: The Camera on the Shore

2009, Subject - Film

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The Strength of Water

2009, Associate Producer - Film

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Let My Whakapapa Speak

2008, Director, Writer - Television

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Rain of the Children

2008, Producer - Film

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Mai Time - Final Episode

2007, Subject - Television

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2006 Māori Television Anzac Day Coverage - Nā Rātou, Mō Tātou

2006, Commentator - Television

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Hunting Aotearoa

2005 - 2007, Executive Producer - Television

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River Queen

2005, Co-Producer - Film

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Monte Cassino - 60 Years On

2004, Executive Producer - Television

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The Last Laugh

2002, Te Kai Urungi - Television

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The Hill

2002, Director - Short Film

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The Sir Howard Morrison Story

2002, Kai Urungi - Television

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Von Tempsky's Ghost

2002, Māori Advisor - Television

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Captain's Log

2001, Kai Hautu - Television

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Mai FM - It's Cool to Kōrero

1999, Presenter - Television

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The Family

1999, Executive Producer - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 1 - The War that Britain Lost (Episode One)

1998, Director - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 2 - Kings and Empires (Episode Two)

1998, Director - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 3 - The Invasion of the Waikato (Episode Three)

1998, Director - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 4 - Taranaki Prophets (Episode Four)

1998, Director - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 5 - The East Coast Wars (Episode Five)

1998, Director - Television

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Mai Time - Bloopers 1998

1998, Executive Producer - Television

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The New Zealand Wars

1998, Director - Television

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Rangatira: Pita Sharples

1997, Narrator - Television

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Icon in B Minor

1996, Director, Producer - Television

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Mai Time

1994 - 2000, Producer, Executive Producer - Television

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Marae - John O'Shea on Tangata Whenua

1993, Executive Producer - Television

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Marae

1992 - 1997, Director, Producer, Executive Producer, Presenter, Reporter - Television

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Māori Battalion - March to Victory

1990, Director, Writer, Producer - Television

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When the Haka Became Boogie

1990, Director, Producer, Producer - Television

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When the Haka Became Boogie - The Showbands (Episode Two)

1990, Director, Producer - Television

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When the Haka Became Boogie - The Singers (Episode Five)

1990, Director, Producer - Television

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Rere Ki Uta, Rere Ki Tai (The Journey)

1988, Director, Writer - Short Film

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Waka Huia - First Episode

1988, Studio Director - Television

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Weekend

1986 , Director - Television

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Koha

1984 - 1988, Research, Director, Producer, Writer - Television

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Kaleidoscope

1985, Director, Reporter - Television