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Kia Ora Bonjour - Part One

Television (Full Length) – 1990

Howard Morrison visits France for the first time in this two-part Kiwi production, made to mark the bicentenary of Bastille Day. His tour of French culture begins on the Champs-Élysées on the big day itself, then ranges from Napoleon to Notre Dame, with visits to the Musée de l’Homme to see taonga, plus crepe-flipping and Parisian cabaret (where he belts out a song onstage). When the Māori leaves Metro range, it’s fishing in Neuvic and ‘Pokarekare Ana’ accompanied by accordion. In Corrèze he meets another Kiwi, and uses a minitel (an early version of the world wide web).

This is my first visit to one of the most historic cities on earth. And as a Māori it’s time to follow our traditions: to pay respect to the tangata whenua, to those who’ve gone before me, and what better place to do that than at Notre Dame. They started building back in the 12th Century, back when some of our canoes were still arriving in Aotearoa.
– Howard Morrison on visiting Paris

Key Cast & Crew

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Howard Morrison


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Dale Bradley


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George Andrews


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Lindsay Dawber


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Peter Carrington

Assistant Camera

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Karen Thomson

Associate Producer

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