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Mortimer's Patch - Nothing Changed (Series Three, Episode Six) Television (Full Length Episode) – 1984 Drama

Mortimer's Patch - Nothing Changed (Series Three, Episode Six)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1984 Drama

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Police drama Mortimer's Patch included a Māori sergeant (played by Don Selwyn) among its quartet of rural coppers, yet the series only rarely explored Māori topics. Penned by Greg McGee, this episode plots a small-town twist on questions of racism, abuse of privilege, and the horse-trading behind which cases go to court. After a theft at the local takeaways, one of a trio of young Māori reacts to the racist perpetrator — a Pākehā businessman — by breaking the law himself. The guest cast includes Frank Whitten (Outrageous Fortune), Selwyn Muru and Temuera Morrison, whose only line is "Honky. Smooth honky. Nasty".

I speak for our children. Theft is theft. You get your teammate with the car to drop the charges against him — we'll do the same for you.
– Hepi Walker (Colin Welsh) to John Marinovich (Gary Day)

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