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The Life and Times of Te Tutu - 3 (Series One, Episode Three)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2000

This turn of the century comedy series is a satirical look at colonial life through the eyes of Māori chief Te Tutu (Pio Terei). In this third episode, Te Tutu interrogates efforts by the settlers to mine for gold, and has designs on Vole's stove. Objects of ridicule include Pākehā and Māori cuisine; settler lust for "a useless, worthless, dangerous, coloured stone"; and patronising colonialism: “what’s the story with those beads and blankets? Haven’t they got any cash?” Meanwhile hangi pits are causing a spate of injuries. Guesting in this episode are Jonny Brugh and Michael Saccente (as an American miner).

Why you fullas fighting over this little stone?
– Te Tutu (Pio Terei) to the settlers

Key Cast & Crew

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Pio Terei

As: Te Tutu, Music - Vocals

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Rachel House

As: Hine Toa

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Ray Lillis

Writer, Producer, Creator

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Matt Bowkett


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Michael Saccente


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Jason Hoyte

As: Henry Vole

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Produced by

Pipi Productions


Vocals by Pio Terei, Hinewehi Mohi and Aroha Shortland