In October 2007, the New Zealand police conducted 'Anti-Terrorism' raids on the Tūhoe community of Urewera, in an event that sparked nationwide controversy. Inspired by these events, Muru is an action-drama predominately in te reo Māori, with the perspective of the Tūhoe community at its core. Directed by Tearepa Kahi (Poi E: The Story of our Song, Mt. Zion), it stars Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse) as a conflicted Tūhoe police sergeant, and activist Tame Iti as himself. Muru pitches itself as "a response", not a recreation. Producer Reikura Kahi calls it "a story which weaves the deep past and the recent present together..."
I remember 14 years ago watching the footage somehow on the TV3 news bulletin, and I remember thinking to myself 'what are those men in blue doing?' They were about to smash open the sliding door, and I remember also thinking that sliding door's open — if you want to talk to anybody in Rūātoki, the door is always open — all you need to do is knock.– Writer/director Tearepa Kahi on the Tūhoe police raids, in an interview with Waatea News, 18 October 2021
Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission's He Pounamu Te Reo Māori Feature Film Fund, plus Arclight Films International, NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho and Images & Sound