In this feature film, Tama, a distressed young man, becomes entwined with five families coping with suicide on a journey from Parihaka to Te Rerenga Wairua. A mysterious woman, Hine-nui-te-pō, prompts Tama to confront the finality of death. Director Paora Joseph (Children of Parihaka) mixes drama and documentary, in the hope his film will provoke kōrero around mental health, and offer a pathway through darkness. Niwa Whatuira (The Dark Horse) and newcomer Hera Foley play the lead roles. Māui’s Hook was set to debut at the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.
We want our young people to be like Māui – to push through life’s challenges, using the Māui attitude.– Producer Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble
World premiere on 21 July 2018 at Auckland's ASB Waterfront Theatre, as part of the NZ International Film Festival
Followed by further festival screenings in Auckland and elsewhere
Soundtrack includes music by The Robba and tracks 'Home, Land and Sea', and 'Little Things', performed by Trinity Roots