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Aroha: A Story of the Māori People

Short Film (Full Length) – 1951

Aroha depicts a young Māori chief's daughter who embraces the modernity of the Pākehā world (attending university in Wellington) while confronting her place with her own people (Te Arawa) and traditions at home. The NFU-produced dramatisation seems out of touch to a modern audience but it is largely sensitive in making Aroha's story represent contemporary Māori dilemmas (noted anthropologist Ernest Beaglehole was the cultural advisor). Watch out for some musical treats, including an instrumental version of classic Kiwi song, 'Blue Smoke' and a performance of the action song 'Me He Manu Rere'.

Key Cast & Crew

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Michael Forlong

Director, Editor, Writer

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Moana Kahui

As: Aroha

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Te Wairangi Korowhiti

As: Aunt Ripeka

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Wiremu Haimona

As: Father

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Tuoro Pango Akapita

As: Tohunga

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Wiremu Kepa

As: Tahu

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ARCHIVES NEW ZEALAND REFERENCE – Reel No. 1 200,542, Reel No. 2 200,543
Source format – 35mm motion picture film