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Tama Poata

Actor, Writer, Director [Ngāti Porou]

Tama Poata's wide-ranging contributions to our culture can be glimpsed through his appearances on-screen: from campaigns for Māori land rights (in 1975 doco Te Matakite O Aotearoa) and against the Springbok tour (Patu!), to his many acting roles. He also directed documentaries and wrote landmark 1987 movie Ngati, the first feature written (and directed) by Māori.

Tom was one of our quiet revolutionaries who changed our world for the better. Māori Party co-leader Tariana Turia

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Utu Redux

2013, As: Puni - Film

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Barry Barclay: The Camera on the Shore

2009, Subject - Film

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Te Ao Kapurangi (Warrior Woman)

2001, Director, Writer - Short Film

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Breaking Barriers

1993, Subject - Television

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Kaleidoscope - Ngati

1987, Subject - Television

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Ka Mate! Ka Mate!

1987, Writer, Associate Producer - Short Film

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Ngāti

1987, Writer, Associate Producer - Film

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The Marching Girls - Mahara's Story

1987, As: Joe - Television

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Mark II

1986, As: Eddie's Father - Television

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Open House

1986 - 1987, Writer - Television

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Inside Straight - Card Game (Episode Seven)

1984, As: Tow truck driver - Television

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Wild Horses

1984, As: Sam - Film

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Among the Cinders

1983, As: Ahu - Film

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Patu!

1983, Subject - Film

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Pioneer Women - Hera Ngoungou

1983, As: Māori Man - Television

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Utu

1983, Puni - Film

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Loose Enz - Coming and Going

1982, Actor - Television

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Loose Enz - Graham's Mum and the Goulden Tour

1982, As: Farmer - Television

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Casualties of Peace

1982, As: Snow - Television

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Loose Enz - The Protesters

1982, Original Story - Television

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Epidemic - Hemi Te Koaka (First Episode)

1976, As: Barman - Television

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Te Matakite o Aotearoa - The Māori Land March

1975, Subject - Television

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The Games Affair

1974, As: Father - Television

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The Games Affair - The Porcelain Runner (Episode Two)

1974, As: Father - Television

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The Games Affair - A Question of Possibility (Episode One)

1974, As: Father - Television

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Pukemanu

1971 - 1972, As: Angus - Television

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Pukemanu - Pukemanu Welcomes You (first episode)

1971, As: Angus - Television