The first of two parts of this full length short film.
The second of two parts of this full length short film.
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'.
ARCHIVES NEW ZEALAND REFERENCE – Reel No. 1 200,542, Reel No. 2 200,543
Source format – 35mm motion picture film