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Koha - Hone Tuwhare

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981

This 1981 Koha documentary, 'No Ordinary Bloke' — poet Hone Tuwhare — reflects on his life and influences in a wide-ranging interview by Selwyn Muru. He recites poems and is shown walking around his Dunedin haunts, where he was living at the time. Tuwhare recounts his early life as a railway workshop apprentice and tells of the workshop library that opened his eyes to the world. Later he’s shown with mate and artist Ralph Hotere and discusses, with emotion, the nature of Māori relationships with the land in light of the then-proposed Aramoana aluminium smelter.

They had a good library at the railway workshops and so I discovered a new world.
– Hone Tuwhare on early inspiration

Key Cast & Crew

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Brent Leslie

Director

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Ray Waru

Producer

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Hone Tuwhare

Subject

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Graham Orbell

Camera

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Bernie Wright

Sound

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Chas Biggin

Camera