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A Cat Among the Pigeons

Television (Full Length) – 1992

In the late 80s the creation of a new public park in central Wellington became an act of cross-cultural collaboration, and an infamous battlezone between artist, council and naysayers. Following positive feedback over her design, council staff decided that redevelopment of Pigeon Park (an old pa site) would be led by Māori artist Shona Rapira Davies. This doco follows the passionate, stroppy Rapira Davies, as she fights cost overruns, landscape architects and passersby, and for her vision (which involved handcrafting Te Aro park's 20,000 plus ceramic tiles).

If you people don’t come up with the money, and before the end of the month, we might as well call it quits as far as I’m concerned.
– Shona Rapira Davies, during negotiations with Wellington City Council

Key Cast & Crew

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Pamela Meekings-Stewart

Producer, Director

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Jonathan Besser


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Shona Rapira Davies


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Kura Te Waru Rewiri


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Cheryl Cameron

Associate Producer, Associate Director

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Owen Ferrier-Kerr


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Produced by

Pamela Meekings-Stewart


Pamela Meekings-Stewart


Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission. Produced with assistance of QEII Arts Council of New Zealand and TVNZ.

Made with funding from NZ On Air


Music composed by Jonathan Besser