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Moriori

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1980

This Feltex Award-winning documentary follows two grandchildren of Tommy Solomon — the last full-blooded Moriori — on a pilgrimage to Rēkohu in the Chatham Islands, to rediscover their heritage. They learn about 1000 years of Moriori settlement: Polynesian origins, pacifist beliefs (tragically tested by 19th Century Māori invasion), carvings and a seafood-based way of life. Years before Michael King’s 1989 book Moriori: A People Discovered and Barry Barclay film Feathers of Peace, this 1980 doco launched a revival of Moriori culture, and revised popular misconceptions.

The New Zealanders commenced to kill us like sheep wherever we were found. Some of our people were eaten and others thrown to the birds of heaven ...
– Hirawanu Tapu, who was an 11-year-old Moriori boy at the time of the Te Ati Awa invasion

Key Cast & Crew

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Bill Saunders

Narrator, Producer, Writer

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Wayne Tourell

Director

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Bil Henderson

Editor

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Mark White

Designer

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William Southgate

Composer

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Lorraine Blewett

Wardrobe

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