Historian Michael King's opus was a bridge between Māori and Pākehā; he turned Aotearoa's history into an unprecedented publishing bestseller. History Man traces King's own past, to understand the man and his passion for his work. This doco was commissioned only weeks before King and his wife were tragically killed in a car accident. Nevertheless it is a detailed portrait of a much loved and missed New Zealander. It is another collaboration from this producer/director team, whose subjects include Michael Houstoun, Ian Mune and Barry Crump.
When you say pākehā I think he was very much māori. In his manner he was very much māori because he felt it inside him in his heart because of the researching that he had done and the truth came out. And in a lot of, well in my eyes particularly, he was more māori than pākehā.– Interviewee in Panguru
Made with funding from NZ On Air.
Production credit thanks to: Jonathan King, Rachael King, Lewis King, Vicki Connor - Te Papa, Dolores Hoy – TVNZ Archives, Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu, Herepo Rongo, Wiremu Poutapu, Te Uira Tuteao Manihera, Tuaiwa Eva Rickard.
Archive material sourced from: Marti Friedlander, Reg Graham, Mark Smith, Robin Morrison, Gil Hanly, John Miller, King family collection, Gerri Judkins, Penguin Books, Joseph Cooper, Charlie Preece, Tainui Trust Board, Hokotehi Moriori Trust, Bill Saunders, Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post, Waikato Times, St Patrick’s College (Silverstream), TVNZ Archives, New Zealand Film Archive - Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitiahua