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The Life and Times of Te Tutu - 6 (Series One, Episode Six)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2000

This topic of the sixth episode of this Māori/Pākehā satire is 'war'. Irish Colonel North (played by veteran actor Ian Mune) and his British Army soldiers arrive, on their way north to fight Hōne Heke — provoking chief Te Tutu (Pio Terei) and Ngāti Pati into action. Te Tutu’s warmongering with the settlers includes mooning, flagpole-felling and insulting Mr Vole's long-suffering wife (Emma Lange). When the signals aren’t picked up, a stolen rooster gets things moving. A fierce haka is answered by a traditional English song: 'Old Macdonald had a farm'.

Every time we go to war, your grandmother dies: how many have you lost now? 12?
– Hine Toa (Rachel House) to Tu Meke (William Davis), as he tries to dodge conscription

Key Cast & Crew

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Pio Terei

As: Te Tutu, Music - Vocals

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Ian Mune

As: Colonel North

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Jason Eade


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Matt Bowkett


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Ray Lillis

Producer, Creator

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William Davis

As: Tu Meke

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Produced by

Pipi Productions


Vocals by Pio Terei, Hinewehi Mohi and Aroha Shortland