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Television (Full Length) – 2002

Entertainment legend Maui Dalvanius Prime rides an emotional roller coaster, as he looks back on his career in this documentary made in the final stages of his battle with lung cancer. The boy from South Taranaki who dreamed of becoming a circus ringmaster became a taonga of the Kiwi music industry, from success in Sydney with The Fascinations, to his groundbreaking kapa haka / te reo hit ‘Poi E’. He recalls his struggle to come to terms with making Māori music, and takes one last hikoi to the East Coast — where he wrote ‘Poi-E’ with the late Ngoi Pēwhairangi.

I was always positive. I never used to say ‘I think’, ‘I may’. I always used to say ‘I Know I Will’.
– Dalvanius

Key Cast & Crew

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Michael O'Connor


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Erina Tamepo


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Dalvanius Prime


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Jude Callen

Executive Producer

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Davorin Fahn


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Andy Bean


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