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Koha - Mauri Television (Full Length) – 1987 Arts/Culture Māori

Koha - Mauri

Television (Full Length) – 1987 Arts/Culture Māori

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In this Koha story, reporter Temuera Morrison arrives on the East Coast to watch the making of Mauri, the first dramatic feature directed solo by a Māori woman. Writer/director Merata Mita argues that the 50s set drama is "about birth and death, and all that takes place between", and talks about how the film is important in giving Māori filmmaking experience, and a voice on screen. Actors Zac Wallace (Utu) and Eva Rickard are interviewed, while locals talk about the challenges of making movies. There are also glimpses of some of the Ralph Hotere-designed sets. 

Key Cast & Crew

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Temuera Morrison

Reporter

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Merata Mita

Subject

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Morehu McDonald

Director, Producer

This film Mauri is about birth and death, and all that takes place between. It deals with the essence of life, the essence of attraction, joy, sorrow, grief. It goes through a whole spectrum of life that Māori live...
– Writer/director Merata Mita on Mauri