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Mt Zion

Film (Trailer) – 2012

Parental Guidance

Australian Idol winner Stan Walker made his acting debut in this hit feature, as aspiring singer Turei. Part of a whānau of Māori potato pickers from Pukekohe, he has to choose between duty to job and family (Temuera Morrison plays his hard-working Dad) and letting the music play. His dilemma takes place as reggae star Bob Marley performs in Aotearoa in 1979, offering the chance for Turei's band Small Axe to win a supporting slot at Marley's Western Springs concert. Released on Waitangi Day 2013, Tearepa Kahi's debut feature became the most successful local release of the year.

There’s more to me than just spud picking.
– Turei (Stan Walker)

Key Cast & Crew

Quinton Hita


Tearepa Kahi

Director, Writer, Editor

Temuera Morrison

As: Dad

Greg Smith

As: Ned (record producer)

Bob Marley

As: himself

Maria Walker

As: Missy

See all 36 credits

Produced by

Small Axe Films


Made with funding from NZ Film Commission and NZ On Air


All Small Axe songs composed and arranged by Shane McLean, and performed by the Small Axe: Turei, Hone, Pou, Reg and Shane McLean

All Small Axe lyrics written by Tearepa Kahi

'Take it Easy" (Walker/ Egizii / Musumeci) performed by Stan Walker

'Need Your Love' (Gavin Kaukau) performed by Golden Harvest

'Booker Boogie' and "God Defend New Zealand' performed by Kevin Kaukau


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