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Māori

Short Film (Full Length) – 1981

This 1981 NFU film is a tour of the contemporary world of Aotearoa’s tangata whenua. It won headlines over claims that its portrayal of Māori had been sanitised for overseas viewers. Debate and a recut ensued. Writer Witi Ihimaera felt that mentions of contentious issues (Bastion Point, the land march) in his original script were ignored or elided in the final film, and withdrew from the project. He later told journalists that the controversy showed that educated members of minority groups were no longer prepared to let the majority interpret the minority view.

The hongi is a greeting of affection: aroma. 'Aroha': love or compassion, is the vine that binds the tribe.
– From the narration

Key Cast & Crew

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Derek Wright

Producer

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Arthur Everard

Director

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Witi Ihimaera

Original Writer

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Mel Taylor

Writer

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Kerry Coe

Sound

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Rex Potier

Second Assistant Director

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