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.
It is my secret for long life. Sitting and talking to people.– Kaa Rakaupai
Te Arawa Maori Trust Board, Te Runanga-nui o Ngati Porea, Wanganui River Trust Board, Ngati-Tuwharetoa Trust Board, Tuhoe Maori Trust Board, Te Whare Ora o Alternative Health, Taumarunui, St Josephs Maori Girls College, N.Z Hawaiian Slide Guitar Association, National Library of New Zealand, The New Zealand Film Archive, South Seas Film and Television School, Te Hotu Manawa Maori, Tangata Whenua Productions
Made with funding from Te Māngai Pāho