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 debuted at the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.
We’re using a Māori pathway to healing and connecting with each other in order to come to terms with this global problem of suicide.– Director Paora Joseph
Soundtrack includes music by The Robba and tracks 'Home, Land and Sea', and 'Little Things', performed by Trinity Roots