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The Life and Times of Te Tutu - 1, First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2000

This turn of the century comedy series follows the daily life of fictional colonial Māori chief Te Tutu (Pio Terei). In the first episode, 'Welcome',  it’s 1838 and Te Tutu meets a shipload of newly-arrived New Zealand Company settlers. Ngāti Pati elders debate whether or not to eat them. Tama (Dalvanius) wants to, but Te Tutu pushes for the vegetarian option by outlining the threat of Pākehā diseases to Māori private parts. The boys can’t decide but when Tama’s wife arrives everything is ka pai, and the kōrero turns to real estate. The script is by series creator Ray Lillis.

If it's real estate you're after, have I got a deal for you!
– Te Tutu (Pio Terei) to Henry Vole (Jason Hoyte)

Key Cast & Crew

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Pio Terei

As: Te Tutu, Music - Vocals

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Ray Lillis

Producer, Writer, Creator

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Matt Bowkett


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Vanessa Rare

As: Tama's wife

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Dalvanius Prime

As: Tama

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Emma Lange

As: Mrs Vole

See all 23 credits

Produced by

Pipi Productions