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Ngā Morehu - End of An Era (First Episode)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2000

This series of portraits of Māori kaumatua, by Toby Mills and Moana Maniapoto, won Best Māori Programme at the 2000 NZ TV Awards. In this first episode, Kaa Rakaupai reminisces about catching crayfish with socks; master carver Paki Harrison spurns his family to follow his ambitions; Tawhao 'Bronco' Tioke's grandfather was jailed with prophet Rua Kenana; and Joan Mohi muses on being Pākehā and Māori. The millennial morehu ('survivors') talk of hopes for tamariki, and lament lost traditions — but not the bad old schooldays when they were forbidden to speak te reo. 

I’m going to hang my Māori side outside the door.
– Tawhao Tioke

Key Cast & Crew

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Scotty Morrison

Interviewer, Translator

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Cameron Feast


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Moana Maniapoto

Co-Director, Research

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Toby Mills

Co-Director, Producer

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Mike Fraser

Assistant Editor

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Nick Carew

Editor, Sound Mix

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Produced by

Tawera Productions


Tawera Productions


Made with funding from Te Māngai Pāho


Taonga puoro performed by Richard Nuns

Closing credits song 'Warriors' performed by Moa and the Moahunters