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He Paki Taonga i a Māui

Television (Full Length Episodes) – 2019

And when Thomas died, the kaitaka was placed over his casket at his funeral. The taonga that had saved him as a child, protected him in death too.
– Māui (Kahukura Royal) on the kaitaka (chiefly cloak) used to save a young Pākehā boy during the 19th century
He gave tūī white feathers — the mark of a coward. He sent pūkeko to the swamp. He took away the nest of pīpīwharauroa so he had to lay his eggs in other birds’ nests.
– Māui (Kahukura Royal) punishes three bird species for not wanting to save the dying forest
It was a horrible and deadly first meeting because of misunderstandings about a different culture.
– Māui (Kahukura Royal) on the first meeting between Pākehā and Māori in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) in the 1700s
The idea for the series came while I was working on the Rongowhakaata iwi exhibition at Te Papa. Zak Waipara created an animation for the exhibition about the 1769 Cook encounter in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa [Gisborne]. The story was told from the perspective of iwi, which is very different to European accounts ... it made me think about our ‘untold history’ and how best to reveal it.
– Creator David Brechin-Smith on what inspired him to make the series, Te Papa website
We were drawing from history and we were drawing from myth as well — and maybe the place between them.
– He Paki Taonga i a Māui creator David Brechin-Smith