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Heartland - Patea Television (Full Length Episode) – 1994 Popular Factual Documentary Māori

Heartland - Patea

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1994 Popular Factual Documentary Māori

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Occasional Heartland host Annie Whittle visits Patea in this full-length episode, and finds the town in rehearsal for the story of its own life. A decade in the making, Poi E - The Musical chronicles Patea's triumphs and tragedies, following the closure of the local freezing works in 1982. Whittle talks to Dalvanius Prime — the musician behind both the original number one song, and the Poi E musical — about the impact the closure had on the township. The programme ends with a rousing live version of 'Poi E'. Prime would pass away in October 2002.

When the works closed we tried to buy some of the buildings, and they wouldn't sell to us. Ridiculous. We wanted to use the cafeteria and dismantle it and take it up and put it under the canoe for our town hall, because we don't have one.
– Dalvanius Prime