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The Life and Times of Te Tutu - 3 (Series One, Episode Three) Television (Full Length Episode) – 2000 Māori Comedy

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

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2000 Māori Comedy

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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. Michael Saccente has a guest role as an American miner.

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